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The German league is moving from FS1 to ESPN, Champions League is back today!

Borussia Dortmund v Hannover 96 - Bundesliga Photo by Jörg Schüler/Getty Images

Champions League is back! Sydney Leroux is back at work, and where is Christian Pulisic?

Seattle

The story of climbing a mountain, a very big physical literal mountain and the inspiration that has provided. Defiantly Tacoma: Krystle Edwards - We R Tacoma
The Liz Rocks Foundation and Grit City Women grew out of friendship.

Yes, the team gives him a hard time. I vote go for a half-tuck. An in-depth investigation into Xavier Arreaga's tuck – The Athletic ($)
Arreaga isn't one to let ribbing from his teammates change his long-held routines

MLS

Nothing to see here, nothing to see. LAFC’s Carlos Vela ties MLS single-season scoring record - Angels on Parade
The captain writes his name in MLS record books.

The USL Academies are another place for young players to train with clubs, and now they have their own cup. Inaugural USL Academy Event Offers Off-Field Development

One of the best names in the USL is gone. Sporting Club’s USL Championship team to become Sporting Kansas City II | Sporting Kansas City
Swope Park Rangers will become Sporting Kansas City II.

NWSL

They had nowhere to go but up, but they have definitely gotten better. Sky Blue home closer shows a complete turnaround from last year - All For XI
It’s no longer the bad place.

Props to her but that is crazy. Probably fine because Dom Dwyer only has another week of work then he can be a stay-at-home dad for the offseason. Sydney Leroux back on pitch 93 days after giving birth to second child | Football | The Guardian
Sydney Leroux, World Cup winner and Olympic gold medallist, has returned to action for Orlando Pride 93 days after giving birth to her second child

USA

Fox’s loss is ESPN’s gain. Unfortunately this probably means less games on TV but the deal will still put some matches, including the DFB Pokal, on ESPN networks. ESPN+ gets Bundesliga rights starting in 2020
ESPN+ will be the new home of the Bundesliga in the United States after reaching a multi-year agreement that will begin in August of 2020.

The Wunderkind made a big transfer and so far not so much has happened. On the continued absences of Chelsea FC’s new boy, Christian Pulisic - We Ain't Got No History
R.I.P. Pulisic Watch.

Why is he missing and should he be? Is his replacement that good? Breaking down Pulisic’s competition at Chelsea – ProSoccerTalk
A deep dive at who is keeping the American out of the Chelsea starting lineup and whether they deserve to keep playing.

The USWNT reportedly identified a top coaching target but were told no. Sources: Arsenal block United States' approach for Joe Montemurro | ESPN
The search for the next boss of the USWNT has hit a roadblock, with the USSF hampered in its attempts to interview Arsenal's Joe Montemurro.

The second match is just a couple days before an MLS playoff match... A few of Seattle’s potential opponents, FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, and San Jose, all may lose a player as well. Predicting the October USMNT roster - Stars and Stripes FC
Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris both expected to be called in for Nations League games.

World

The league couldn’t find enough on Ochoa’s spit. Liga MX rule out sanctions for America’s Guillermo Ochoa over alleged spitting incident
Guillermo Ochoa won’t be sanctioned after Liga MX determined there are “no elements” to advance an investigation into an alleged spitting incident.

Hopefully this year does not end as badly as last year. Copa Libertadores: Boca Juniors & River Plate to do battle again - BBC Sport
Argentine rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors will meet in Wednesday’s Copa Libertadores semi-final, nine months after their controversial 2018 final.

I think the era is about to fall off a cliff, which sucks to see. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi: Is their era of dominance heading towards its end? - BBC Sport
Seven weeks into the season and Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have just three club goals between them. So is their era of dominance heading towards an end?

Their style of play definitely lends itself to “seducing” fans into soccer. Man City fans must be 'seduced' by Champions League - Pep Guardiola - BBC Sport
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City fans need to be "seduced" to appreciate the Champions League.

Real Madrid paid a ton, a literal ton, for the Belgian so he better fit in soon. Eden Hazard: Real Madrid forward 'does not feel like a Galactico yet' - BBC Sport
Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard says he does not feel like a 'Galactico' yet following his summer move from Chelsea.

I would think losing this badly would lead to needing more trainings not less but I guess tensions can’t be trained through. Steve Bruce cancels training in angry wake of Newcastle defeat at Leicester | Football | The Guardian
Newcastle United’s manager, Steve Bruce, has called off a scheduled training session as emotions reached boiling point at St James’ Park after their 5-0 thrashing by Leicester

Unlike Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen, Vertonghen’s future seems to be settled. ‘Ambitious’ Jan Vertonghen wants to extend his time at Tottenham | Football | The Guardian
Jan Vertonghen, at Spurs since 2012, has been in talks with the club over a new deal and has admitted his contribution has been mixed so far this season

The striker got a goal and had his daughter there, cute!! Mario Balotelli melts hearts on his scoring return to Naples with Brescia | Nicky Bandini | Football | The Guardian
The striker stole the show with his daughter at Napoli, creating happier memories than when he wept for her in 2014

Players and the club administration do not see eye to eye. Sources: Pique to meet Barca president as tensions rise at club
Gerard Pique will speak with Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu as tensions escalate between the players and the board, sources have told ESPN FC.

What’s on Today?

9:55 AM - Real Madrid v. Club Brugge - UEFA Champions League - TNT, TUDN, B/R Live

9:55 AM - Atalanta v. Shakhtar Donetsk - UEFA Champions League - Galavision, B/R Live

11:00 AM - Ghana v. Gambia - Africa WAFU Cup - ESPN+

12:00 PM - Juventus v. Bayer Leverkusen - UEFA Champions League - TUDN, B/R Live

12:00 PM - Tottenham v. Bayern - UEFA Champions League - TNT, Galavision, B/R Live

12:00 PM - Galatasaray v. PSG - UEFA Champions League - B/R Live

12:00 PM - Crvena Zvezda v. Olympiakos - UEFA Champions League - B/R Live

12:00 PM - Manchester City v. Dinamo Zagreb - UEFA Champions League - B/R Live

12:00 PM - Lokomotiv Moscow v. Atletico Madrid - UEFA Champions League - B/R Live

1:00 PM - Guinea v. Benin - Africa WAFU Cup - ESPN+

7:00 PM - Independiente v. Deportivo Saprissa - CONCACAF League - Yahoo Sports USA