1. The USA will open play in the new Concacaf Nations League on Oct. 11 against Cuba
at Washington's Audi Field. The other Group A matches
will be against Canada Oct. 15 in Toronto and Nov. 15 at a U.S. site to be determined and Cuba on Nov. 19 in Cuba's home match likely moved to a neutral venue. Cuba's home match against Canada on
Sept. 10 will be played in the Cayman Islands because Havana's Pedro Marrero Stadium doesn't meet hosting requirements.
2. The gender discrimination lawsuit pitting 28 members of the U.S. women's national team
against U.S. Soccer will go to trial on May 5 in U.S. district court, six months earlier
than either party requested in their proposed discovery and case schedules. Judge R. Gary Klausner set the date -- which puts the trial in the middle of the NWSL season and before, not after, the 2020
Tokyo Olympics -- at a scheduling conference held on Monday. 3. NYCFC's James Sands will be sidelined 6-8 weeks after suffering a
early in Saturday's 4-1 win over FC Cincinnati. The 19-year-old defender will need surgery to repair the injury and and might miss the rest of the 2019 MLS season. Since his move
to centerback as part of NYCFC's new three-man backline, Sands has started 18 games. He missed four games after breaking his arm in June.