• Julie Johnston is about to confuse fans who lose track of the U.S. women’s national team between major tournaments. The stalwart center back is getting married to Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz. She announced she will be using her married name, which should lead to people vaguely wondering what happened to Johnston, and who this “Ertz” is who suddenly appeared.
• So far, so good for a few American stars who are temporarily playing in Europe. Carli Lloyd scored the only goal in Manchester City’s 1-0 victory in the Women’s Champions League quarterfinals. Alex Morgan helped create one of the goals in Lyon’s 2-0 victory in the same competition.
• Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer, previously an Englishman, announced he has acquired American citizenship. While he technically would be eligible for the U.S. men’s national team, Dwyer might not make the cut on quality. Plus, given that he is perhaps the whiniest player in MLS, it would be hard to see anyone involved with U.S. Soccer really making a push for his inclusion.