Pirlo to NYCFC
While rumors have swirled for some time that Andrea Pirlo would be coming to MLS it seems that the rumors are now true. Multiple outlets including Goal.com are reporting that he will be joining New York City FC later this week. Pirlo was in attendance at NYCFC's match over the weekend and his son has posted several photos on Instagram all but saying that his father will be moving to the Major League Soccer team.
Pirlo will be joining Frank Lampard and Mix Diskerud in the midfield with forward David Villa in front of them. While terms of the agreement have not been publicized it's amazing that with the salary cap and a few DP slots the team is able to bring in such high-powered stars.
The Dynamo already faced NYCFC this season settling for a 1-1 draw at Yankee Stadium and will have to wait until next season for a chance at the midfielder.
2-0, the scoreline of the weekend
The Houston Dash continued their winning ways this weekend as the NWSL resumed after taking time off for the Women's World Cup. The team won 2-0 over the Western New York Flash to extend their unbeaten streak to five. The team is missing six players to the Women's World Cup in addition to Stephanie Ochs who they lost to an ACL tear earlier this season. Jessica McDonald has proven to be the goal scoring difference for the Dash this season. She leads the team with five goals scored so far this season.
On the flip side the Houston Dynamo lost 2-0 to the Portland Timbers over the weekend. Looking not as strong with players out due to international duties and injuries are the Houston Dynamo. While the refereeing was atrocious (Hello Baldomero Toldeo), the play on the Dynamo side lack fluidity and Will Bruin was left on at island at forward. The disconnect between the midfield and the forwards has been a problem for the Dynamo one the raised its ugly head without Brad Davis, Giles Barnes and Boniek Garcia on the field this week.
Women's World Cup
Things got a little wild Sunday as Australia knocked Brazil out of the World Cup. A heavy favorite for many to win the World Cup, Brazil now finds themselves out of the tournament while Australia are quickly becoming the dark horse that fans wish to see go all the way. Despite some nail biting for a number of Canada fans the Canadian Women's National team got the 1-0 win over Switzerland to move on to the next round of the World Cup. Lauren Sesselmann has had a mixed tournament looking extremely shaky in their first game and doing a complete 180 the next game making brilliant tackle after brilliant tackle. She didn't start in game three but returned as a starter Sunday. Also, returning was her poor form from the first game as she seemed lost on the field for most of the game. Allysha Chapman and Erin McLeod shined in front of the Vancouver crowd as Chapman played a quiet but powerful game. McLeod was a difference maker in front of goal as the Canadian defense struggled at times to shut down Switzerland.
The USA play Colombia on Monday night.