• David Beckham’s planned MLS team in Miami hit an unfortunate milestone this week. It’s been 1,000 days since the team was announced, and the team is no closer to taking the field than it was nearly three years ago. A report by SI.com indicated that at this point the team is aiming at 2019 for a start date, rather than 2018.

• After 10 rounds of the Premier League, three of the top five teams are squads with no European competition to worry about. Arsenal and Manchester City will have midweek games to worry about into the new year. Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham can focus solely on the weekends. It would not be a surprise to see the latter three take over at the top by Christmas.

• There’s something strange about the setup of women’s soccer in the U.S. The women’s national team has two friendlies against Romania next week. If forwards Crystal Dunn and Christen Press play in both, they’ll both have played in all 25 national-team games this year but neither will have played more than 14 NWSL club games. That seems backward.