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Report: D.C. United to sign Rapid Vienna striker Taxiarchis Fountas

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D.C. United is reportedly going to sign Rapid Vienna striker Taxiarchis Fountas to a Designated Player contract. According to the Washington Post’s Steven Goff, United has agreed to a pre-contract deal with Fountas, who would join the Black-and-Red at the start of the MLS summer transfer window:

Fountas, 26, has been in good form for Rapid, producing 11 goals and 5 assists in 30 appearances across all competitions this season. That’s in line with his output in the 2020-2021 season, where 31 appearances resulted in 14 goals and 9 assists. Die Grün-Weißen’s success in the Austrian top flight has resulted in Fountas seeing time in the UEFA Champions League’s qualifying rounds as well as in the Europa League.

The 5’6” Fountas is very likely not going to lead the line for United, but rather play to one side of either Ola Kamara or Nigel Robertha in a 343 (most likely to the left, but that determination will come from Hernán Losada), or play as a second striker alongside a true no. 9 in a 3412 or 352. From a data perspective, Fountas is taking the most shots per game of any player in Austria’s top flight this season by a healthy margin:

Fountas was signed by Red Bull Salzburg in 2013 as a promising 18 year old, and as is the case with so many global soccer conglomerates, he was initially loaned out. He spent time in the Austrian second division and Greek top flight in a series of loans before eventually leaving Salzburg and signing with German third-tier club Sonnenhof Großaspach.

After a year there he went back to Austria, signing with FC St. Pölten, and did enough in one season that Rapid Vienna — a traditional power in Austria, and a club that United has gone to for past DPs Branko Boskovic and Hamdi Salihi — signed him heading into the 2019-2020 season. The move has proven successful, as Fountas has 35 goals in 68 appearances since joining Rapid, who have qualified for European soccer in each of the last two seasons with Fountas as a regular starter.

Signing Fountas to a pre-contract would have two clear positives: United would add him for free, rather than paying an expensive transfer fee, and for 2022 at least, his DP salary would be pro-rated for half a season rather than a full year, giving the Black-and-Red more salary cap room for the time being.

However, it also means that he can’t play for United until the summer transfer window opens on July 7. That would mean going into the first 17 games of the season (exactly 50% off the regular season schedule, plus up to three Open Cup matches if D.C. advances that far) before adding a high-profile attacking player to a squad that seemed to need that kind of move at the end of last season.

Goff added to his report that United signing Fountas will not have much of an impact on the ongoing rumor linking Paul Arriola to a record-setting trade to FC Dallas. United reportedly wants to make sure they have Arriola’s replacement in place to start the season before they’ll confirm a deal potentially worth over $2 million in General Allocation Money. United has been linked with multiple possible acquisitions on that front, with CS Emelec winger Joao Rojas being the loudest of the rumors.





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Omaha cupsets Minnesota – Sounder At Heart

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Union Omaha shocks Minnesota United, advances to U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals
Joseph Brito’s goal in the 51st minute proved to be the game-winner as the Owls took down the Loons 2-1.

Open Cup results

Orlando City 1(4) – Inter Miami 1(2)
Louisville City 1 – Nashville SC 2
New York City FC 1 – New England Revolution 0
New York Red Bulls 3 – Charlotte FC 1
Minnesota United 1 – Union Omaha 2
Sporting KC 2 – Houston Dynamo 1
Sacramento Republic 2 – San Jose Earthquakes 0
LA Galaxy 3 – LAFC 1

Canadian Championship results

CF Montreal 3 – Forge FC 0
Cavalry FC 1(3) – Vancouver Whitecaps 1(5)

MLS

Toronto FC to host CF Montréal in 2022 Canadian Championship semi-finals – Waking The Red
A rematch of last year’s final will come in this year’s semi-final.

Report: CF Montréal’s Djordje Mihailovic Receiving Heavy Interest in Europe – Mount Royal Soccer
So. Man. Teams. Interested.

Full Time: Experienced Red Bulls Side Teaches Charlotte FC a U.S. Open Cup Lesson | Charlotte FC
Charlotte comes to Seattle on Sunday

Other men’s club soccer

Revealed: government did encourage Premier League to approve Newcastle takeover | Newcastle United | The Guardian
Boris Johnson’s government worked for months to encourage the Premier League to approve the controversial Saudi Arabia-backed takeover of Newcastle.

EU Commission satisfied with guarantees for Chelsea sale proceeds – We Ain’t Got No History
Approvals upon approvals

UK Government approve Chelsea sale, issue licence for Boehly takeover – We Ain’t Got No History
IT’S HAPPENING

USL League One Team of the Week – Week 8
Ibarra continues to make the Team of the Week in League One

Women’s club soccer

‘Oakland Soul’ to become city’s women’s soccer team
Oakland Roots announced Tuesday a new addition to the club: a women’s soccer team. ‘Oakland Soul’ will debut in 2023.

With 3,000 owners and $1 million, Minnesota Aurora aims to rewrite the ownership playbook – Equalizer Soccer ($)
What can the soccer world (even NWSL?) learn from an amateur women’s team?

Chelsea sweep Women’s Super League end of season awards – We Ain’t Got No History
Player, manager, goal of the season

National team soccer

Herdman names CanMNT squad for upcoming friendly vs. Iran, Nations League tests – Canadian Premier League

Puget Sound culture

Best of 425 2022 | Best of 425 | 425magazine.com
Bellevue dominates the 425, again

The Best of the South Sound 2022 | Best of the South Sound | southsoundmag.com
Winners hail from Olympia, Spanaway, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Puyallup, and beyond.

Tea Master – a new Background for D&D | Full Moon Storytelling
You are a server of fine teas. Maybe you worked in a tea shop, or were a tea merchant, or were the tea master for a noble estate. You prepare teas and small bites of food for the thinking peoples in the area. This can be as simple as a cuppa or an elaborate ritual.

It’s a light day for soccer. Which feels weird. You either need the deepest of deep cable or really want to see some Euro U17 on TUDN.

3:00 PM PT — Libertad vs The Strongest in Copa Libertadores action on BeIn Sports and Fanatiz. THE STRONGEST.

7:00 PM PT — Atlas vs Pachuca in Liga MX action on Univision and TUDN. Broadcast Mexican soccer is a midweek blessing.



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Atlanta United vs Columbus Crew: Can Atlanta put the pieces together?

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Atlanta United’s pair of draws against New England and Nashville weren’t so much bad results as unsatisfying. The Five Stripes attacking prowess was on display but time and time again its defensive weaknesses ruined any chance at three points. In the end, a point each was fair on both occasions, though it didn’t mean much in the standings. Atlanta should like its chances better at victory this weekend when a crumbling Columbus Crew visits the Benz.

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Columbus has just one win in its last ten dating back to mid-March and sits 12th on 13 points in the Eastern Conference. It has the fourth-worst attack with just 15 goals scored, though the Crew’s backline (15 conceded) has slightly helped. Not much, however, as the standings show. Manager Caleb Porter, who joined in 2019 and won the 2020 MLS Cup, uses a 4-2-3-1 that relies heavily on attacking midfielder Lucas Zelarayan, and as the Armenian-Argentine goes, so does Columbus. In the first three games of the season where he notched a goal or assist in each, Columbus had 7 points (2.3 per game). In the nine games since then, Zelarayan hasn’t found the boxscore once and the Crew has averaged .66 points per game. Winger Derrick Ettiene (3g, 4a) is also capable of stardom on his day, but like Zelarayan, the Haitian isn’t known for consistency. The duo have both hit a drought of late and combined with the sale of Gyasi Zardes to Colorado, the end result is that Columbus has been shut out six times in the last eight, including back-to-back 2-0 losses heading into Saturday.

MLS: Atlanta United FC at Nashville SC

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Atlanta’s shaky defense should get a reprieve with the Crew’s arrival, while the attack is only going to keep getting better as Thiago Almada shows his class. The Argentine’s 3 goals and 2 assists have sent Atlanta’s attack up to the 5th best in the East with 19 total goals, including two or more in its last four in all competitions. We may even get a peak at how Josef Martinez fits into the front four for the first time in a while – the Venezualan is questionable for this weekend.

Predicted Started XIs

Atlanta’s Predicted XI (4-2-3-1)

Columbus’ Predicted XI (4-3-3)

Prediction: Atlanta United 4-0 Columbus Crew

Atlanta will finally piece it all together in a dominant victory over a reeling Columbus. Goals will come from Almada (duh), Araujo (x2), and an Alan Franco header.



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College to MLS: Which SuperDraft picks are most impactful in 2022?

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Selection: No. 14 (First Round), Duke University

Murphy’s turned out to be a great pick by Cincinnati, one that’s stepped right into a starting center back role for first-year manager Pat Noonan. He’s got one goal across nine games (eight starts), adjusting rather seamlessly to the MLS level after being in the ACC. Murphy is a great example of acquiring cost-effective, domestic pieces through the SuperDraft.





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