Good morning. With Steven Goff taking a much-deserved break this week, posting will be a bit light. But we’ll try to keep the blog humming with links, and Paul Tenorio may be pitching in, as well.
Playing its third match in nine days, D.C. United suffered its first road loss in nearly four months, a 1-0 defeat at Sporting Kansas City. “United was a step behind throughout the evening, lacked energy and direction, and was fortunate to trail by just one goal at halftime,” Goff wrote in his game story.
Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star writes that Sporting Coach Peter Vermes “wanted his team to go for D.C. United’s throat from the outset.”
Some stats from the game are here.
Over at the Early Lead, Matt Brooks reports on the sad scene from Belgium, where Eiji Kawashima, Lierse SK’s Japanese goalkeeper, was taunted by chants chants of “Kawashima, Fukushima!” by Beerschot fans, referencing the natural disasters that devastated northeast Japan.
UEFA has handed down a two-match ban on embattled Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger for breaking the terms of a previous suspension. Wenger was caught passing notes to his assistant coach from the stands during a Champions League playoff first-leg match against Udinese. Arsenal’s fans are growing a bit restless with their coach.
The players’ strike in Spain could continue for another weekend. La Liga’s players are holding a work stoppage over back pay. The sides met Monday without solving anything and will meet again Tuesday.