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Major Link Soccer: U.S. men embarrassed by Canada

Fallout from England-Bulgaria, NWSL attendance is way up, and an incredible stat in Orlando.

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John Herdman beat a U.S. team for the first time in his coaching career last night, and the fallout will likely last for some time. That shouldn’t distract from the ongoing fallout over the racist chants and actions in the stands when Bulgaria hosted England earlier this week, which has now cost at least one Bulgarian federation official their job. And the ongoing will they/won’t they flirtation between MLS and Sacramento finally seems to be nearing a conclusion.


UW women’s soccer has joined their male counterparts in the NCAA Top 25 after a six-point weekend, including a double-overtime upset of former #25 Arizona. DI Women's Soccer Rankings - United Soccer Coaches |

Tacoma Narrows FC Joins Evergreen Premier League – Evergreen Premier League
Tacoma will join the EPLWA for the 2020 season, becoming the league’s 11th club. Narrows FC will play their home games at Wilson High School.


Morris will get his award, if SB Nation bloggers have their say. 2019 MLS awards, as voted on by SB Nation -
Our team bloggers voted and here’s who we think should win the MLS awards.

Andre Shinyashiki named 2019 MLS Rookie of the Year - Burgundy Wave
Rapids rookie beats out Brenden Aaronson of Union.

Nelson Rodriguez Needs To Go - Hot Time In Old Town
The Fire president/GM doesn’t have a plan to move the club forward.

MLS expansion: Sacramento to get professional soccer team | The Sacramento Bee
MLS and Sacramento officials have reached an agreement to make Republic FC the next expansion team in MLS, sources say. An announcement ceremony is expected next week.

NWSL / Women’s soccer

Unlike the blip in 2015, the 2019 World Cup Bump might be the start of a new plateau. Taking Attendance 10/13/2019: All NWSL Teams Show Gains – blog

It’s never easy for a player to be on the downslope of their career, especially when they are still very productive and in the upper echelon at their position. Carli Lloyd says diminished World Cup role was ‘worst time of my life’ | ESPNFC
A lessened role on the U.S. women’s national team over the past three years “sucked” and took a toll professionally and personally.

US soccer

This was Canada’s first win over the U.S. men since 1985. Nations League recap - USA 0-2 Canada: An abysmal loss up north - Stars and Stripes FC
This probably did not go to plan.

Darren Eales criticizes Berhalter, USMNT for handling of Miles Robinson - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta United’s president voiced his displeasure with the USMNT’s treatment of Robinson after the center back injured his hamstring in a post-match training session on Friday night.

It’s not official yet, but assuming the news is finalized later this month, Vlatko Andonovski could be the most seamless USWNT coach transition ever - Stars and Stripes FC
The new USWNT head coach is being set up for success.

The new head coach will have a full house and then some for their debut game:

World soccer

Fallout continues after the inexcusable behavior from fans in Sofia. England Bulgaria racism: Bulgarian soccer chief Borislav Mihaylov resigns - The Washington Post
The Euro 2020 qualifier was paused twice by officials in a bid to gain control of the racist chants and behavior of supporters.

Jordan Henderson says England wanted to make racist fans ‘suffer’ | The Guardian
The England midfielder said the entire team agreed with the decision to play on in Sofia and praised Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings for his display on his international debut.

Soccer body FIFA may extend punishments globally after racism at Bulgaria-England match | Reuters
FIFA said it may extend globally any punishment UEFA hands out after racist incidents, including monkey chants directed at black players, marred a match between Bulgaria and England.

Paltry fines and spineless words helped create the poison in Sofia | The Guardian
UEFA is historically culpable for what happened in Bulgaria’s national stadium but there are losers on all sides.

Euro 2020 roundup: Spain qualify but David de Gea limps off | The Guardian
The Manchester United keeper suffered a leg injury in the second half before Rodrigo scored a late equalizer against Sweden to seal Spain’s spot at Euro 2020.

Next Generation 2019: 60 of the best young talents in world football | The Guardian
Eiður Guðjohnsen’s son, the new Paul Pogba and Barça’s Ansu Fati are among the 60 most talented players in the world born in 2002.

Brad Smith played the full match for Australia. Socceroos hammer Taiwan 7-1 to maintain perfect start to World Cup qualifying | The Guardian

Thomas Tuchel: ‘I told Neymar to face the truth and deal with consequences’ | The Guardian
The PSG manager talks about the Brazilian star, what constitutes success and why ‘you never quite get there’ chasing the perfect game.

Crowds range from as low as three or four in extreme weather to 40 or 50 in the height of summer. Ottmar Hitzfeld Stadium: What’s it like to play at Europe’s ‘highest’ football stadium? - BBC Sport
It’s so remote you can only get there by cable car and 1,000 balls have been lost over the years.

Saudis, Palestine draw in landmark West Bank game | Yahoo Sports
Saudi Arabia's football team played Palestine in the occupied West Bank for the first time Tuesday in a World Cup qualifier, having previously refused to enter the territory as part of its boycott of Israel.

And finally, we close with this incredible stat:

What’s on TV?

9:00 AM: VfL Wolfsburg vs. FC Twente (UEFA Women’s Champions League) —

9:00 AM: Brøndby IF vs. Glasgow City FC (UEFA Women’s Champions League) —

11:30 AM: Breidablik vs. Paris Saint Germain (UEFA Women’s Champions League) — BeIN Sports

4:00 PM: Indy Eleven vs. Swope Park Rangers (USL Championship) — ESPN+

4:00 PM: Charleston Battery vs. Memphis 901 (USL Championship) — ESPN+

5:00 PM: Birmingham Legion vs. New York Red Bulls II (USL Championship) — ESPN+

6:00 PM: New Mexico United vs. Tacoma Defiance (USL Championship) — ESPN+

6:00 PM: Real Monarchs vs. Austin Bold (USL Championship) — ESPN+

Plus 18 NCAA men’s and women’s college soccer games, with kickoffs from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, on ESPN+ and ESPN3

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