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Coffee with the Caps, Monday August 17

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Good Monday morning Caps fans, hope you all are gearing up for your workweeks AND matchweeks alike.

I’ll keep this column brief because we have a story coming out on the post-In-Beom world that I know you’ll want to read.

But this is a matchweek and I’m curious how you all are feeling. Ginned up? Ambivalent? Filled with dread of the impending doom?

Personally, I’m mostly in the ambivalent category. While undoubtedly safer than what is going on in the United States, a few games against Canadian teams doesn’t really move the needle much for me in terms of excitement. That’s for the same reason I don’t like the piped in crowd noise during games: It’s like people are trying to pretend we aren’t in a pandemic when it is so readily apparent that we are and these aren’t normal times.

If (and that’s a big if) MLS gets a reasonable amount of regular season games into do playoffs, the schedules will be unbalanced—it will be a facsimile of what a normal season looks like. Given that I’m genuinely doubtful we even get to that point, the three games over the next two weeks will be nice—some content for this site to be sure. But I have a hard time getting too excited for them in the way I eventually got excited for MLS is Back.

It doesn’t mean I won’t watch; I watched the first Nashville/Dallas match last week and would have done the same yesterday before the rain delay. It’s soccer after all, right? But it doesn’t feel the same—more like friendlies than a meaningful, regular season match. Hell, I would’ve rather they hopped into the Canadian Premier League bubble and did a modified Canadian Championship than this watered down regular season.

I’ll be watching tomorrow night’s match. I guess I’m looking forward to it. But I’ve reached the point where, until there is a vaccine and we return to some semblance of normalcy, I have a hard time getting worked up about what I see on the pitch. Maybe that will change by Friday’s column and I’ll look like an idiot! It has been known to happen, after all

Onto some links...

Shameless Self Promotion

Four of us dig into who we think In-Beom’s replacement should be—an entertaining read for this Monday morning methinks

Also if you haven’t yet, get your lineup predictions in ASAP

Best of the Rest

A bit more insight into In-Beom’s departure here, from MLSSoccer.com’s Tom Bogert

Has the time come for Theo Bair to get more of a look in the starting XI?

Alphonso Davies is headed to the UCL semis after a spectacular performance against Barcelona

The CanPL is confident the Island Games will go off without a hitch

After the anthem controversy in Dallas last week, mother nature got MLS off the hook last night