It was another weekend packed full of soccer action around the region, country and world. We’ve got a few of the highlights in North America in this weekend’s 3 Things.
Footy McFooty Face is the people’s choice for San Diego
The big local news isn’t LA Galaxy’s loss in Vancouver or what happened with the local USL teams this weekend (also losses). It’s Footy McFooty Face, the name bestowed upon the prospective MLS team in San Diego by the voting public. Really, that happened.
To be fair, the expansion bid group’s response is absolutely spot on, and certainly worth the watch to the end:
Schweinsteiger has a great debut for Chicago, but not the game’s golazo
Bastian Schweinsteiger’s arrival to MLS this week has been in the headlines, primarily because a clueless reporter asked him if he can lead the Chicago Fire to the World Cup title (the reporter tried to explain his mistake, but uh, we’re not buying it).
Well, Schweinsteiger did not get on the first plane back to Germany in a huff, instead opting to play the full 90 in a 2-2 draw against Montreal on Saturday. Not only did he have a good game, but he scored the opening goal for his side.
And while the actual World Cup winner’s debut is the big takeaway from the game, the goal of the game was definitely Schweinsteiger’s teammate, Luis Solignac, with a stoppage time golazo that is one of the prettier goals you’ll ever see.
Given Solignac’s woeful scoring rate to date in MLS, to say this strike was a surprise would be an understatement. But full credit to him for getting the job done.
Ramirez leads Minnesota United to first MLS win
Minnesota United have been the whipping boys of MLS this season, there’s no question, but things are looking up after they notched their first win on Saturday, an emphatic 4-2 win at home over Real Salt Lake. Orange County product Christian Ramirez continued his positive start to his MLS career with a brace, including capitalizing on a rare mistake by RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
What was your favorite thing in soccer this weekend? Tell us what you think in the comments.