The USMNT is drawing most of the attention in American soccer right now, and not always for the right reasons.
However, there’s been plenty going on in Major League Soccer during the recent international break. Let’s try to catch up on all of the noteworthy news that’s making headlines.
Like Father, Like Son?
There could be another Beckham setting the soccer world on fire before too long. Romeo Beckham, the son of English superstar David Beckham, has signed with Fort Lauderdale CF, which is the sister club of Inter Miami CF, the club that the elder Beckham co-owns.
Romeo just turned 19 and is the second-oldest of David Beckham’s children. He was on the bench for Fort Lauderdale CF this past weekend but didn’t get in the game. Fort Lauderdale plays in the third level of the American soccer pyramid and could give Romeo Beckham a platform to work his way up the ladder.
Speaking of Inter Miami, they have a new goalkeeper in their camp with Clement Diop receiving a trial with the club. Diop, who has one cap with the Senegal National Team, mutually parted ways with CF Montreal earlier this week.
The defender was selected following a standout performance against FC Cincinnati on Saturday, in which he provided the game-winning assist in the 90th minute.https://t.co/GHoqnusb7Z
— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) September 7, 2021
Diop spent the early part of his career with the LA Galaxy and started all 20 matches for CF Montreal last season. He also started eight matches with Montreal this year before falling out of favor. Whether Diop will stay with Inter Miami or where he fits on the depth chart remains to be seen.
CF Montreal has decided to shut down an entire section of their home stadium due to continued acts of violence in that part of the venue. The club cites “violence, physical and verbal aggression, intimidation and vandalism, as well as numerous reports of unauthorized pyrotechnics, smoke bombs and incendiary devices” in Section 132 of Stade Saputo.
The section 132 is where many of the club’s affiliated groups have tickets. The decision by CF Montreal comes after MLS indicated it would take action if the club didn’t get a handle on fan behavior. There is no word on when Section 132 might re-open or any further action the club is taking to curb violence in the stands.
Under the Knife
Orlando City SC will be without backup goalie Mason Stajduhar for the foreseeable future after the keeper underwent knee surgery this week to address a torn meniscus. Stajduhar could have been useful this past weekend against Columbus with starting goalie Pedro Gallese away on international duty with Peru.
However, the Massachusetts native was unavailable due to the injury. There is no timeline for his return, but the club is confident he’ll return to full strength. Adam Grinwis got the nod for Orlando City in the team’s 3-2 win over Columbus last weekend.
Make It Two
The New England Revolution appears to be running away with the Supporters’ Shield this season, although coach Bruce Arena said this week that there should be two Supporters’ Shields awarded this season. After all, teams aren’t playing any games outside of their conference.
Either way, it’s a safe bet that the Revs will have the most points in MLS this season. However, Arena also notes that the postseason is ultimately what will matter.
“We have a good team. I think in MLS everything boils down to the postseason,” Arena in a recent interview. “I think people tend not to get overwhelmed by results in the regular season and the playoffs tell it all, so we’ll see a little bit more as we get towards the end of the year.”