1. D.C. United has hired Richie Williams as the head coach of Loudoun United
for its first season in the
USL Championship. Williams, who won three MLS titles as a player with D.C. United, most recently served as an assistant coach on the U.S. men's national team. He was the head coach of the U.S. U-17
national team for two cycles, taking it to the 2015 finals after it failed to qualify in 2013. He has also worked at the New York Red Bulls and Real Salt Lake at the club level. 2. FloSports has acquired the English-language broadcast rights in the United States for the Concacaf Nations League
, the new Concacaf competition
for national teams that will dominate the U.S. national team schedule in the fall and into next spring. (U.S. Soccer's English-language rights holders hold the rights for the four group matches only.)
FloFC, which recently acquired D.C. United's local broadcasting rights, will air the Nations League through 2022. No announcement on Spanish-language rights has been made. 3. Saint Louis FC named five academy players to its first team for the 2019 USL Championship.
Goalkeeper Patrick Schulte and defender Lawson Redmon
return for a second season. New faces include midfielders Nichi Vlastos and Kippy Keller and defender Jansen Miller. In 2018, academy player Aeden Stanley, now at Duke, started 10 games for STLFC.