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The expansion bid rumor is back and appears to be here to stay with a “soccer announcement” coming next week

MLS: U.S. Open Cup-Sacramento Republic FC at San Jose Earthquakes Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

Injuries plus injuries plus national team call-ups and some more injuries is what Vlatko got to deal with this season. Warning it is a paywall. Amidst USWNT speculation, Reign FC’s Andonovski finds joy and satisfaction in ‘most challenging’ season of his career – The Athletic
Leaving the door open to a possible job change in the near future, Andonovski remains focused on the NWSL playoffs.

Well Seattle wasn’t in the top five but they did dominate the top 15. Four Sounders FC players among list of best-selling 2019 adidas MLS jerseys | Seattle Sounders FC
Jordan Morris comes in at No. 7, with Nico Lodeiro (10), Raul Ruidiaz (12) and Cristian Roldan (14) all cracking the Top 15. No other team had as many as three players that high.

Ride the Sounder to the Sounders!! Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas | Sound Transit
Ride Sounder to cheer on our hometown team at CenturyLink.

MLS

This article is written by Warshaw so... read it because you want to argue with it and come back to the comments here and say he was wrong. Warshaw: Ranking the spines of all 14 MLS playoff teams | MLSsoccer.com
The quality of a team's spine might just be the most important indicator of success in the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Which Sounder would you put on the list because Seltzer has none? Also calling a starting keeper a breakout candidate seems weird. Seltzer: The top Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs breakout candidates | MLSsoccer.com
Which players will take advantage of that postseason glare to reach a new level of league stardom? That's exactly the question we're aiming to provide potential answers for.

What do you think the Sounders key change/moment was? MLS Playoffs: The key change that propelled each team to the postseason | MLSsoccer.com
These are the moments that propelled each of the 14 playoff teams to the postseason.

This is the second match in NYCFC history at Citi Field, last time was on decision day in 2017. IT’S OFFICIAL: NYCFC to play Eastern Conference Semifinal at Citi Field - Hudson River Blue
The Boys in Blue will play their first playoff game in Queens

Big hole for LAFC with Kaye out. Mark-Anthony Kaye exits Canada win with apparent hamstring injury - Angels on Parade
What will this mean for his role in LAFC’s playoffs?

Get to know a bit more about the Sounders’ upcoming opponent. Quick Burns: Who is FC Dallas’ biggest ‘X-Factor’ in the playoffs? - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas needs several players to step up in a big way in the playoffs.

I can’t say I actually disagree with the flowchart they put together. Flowchart: Who should you cheer for in the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs - Dirty South Soccer
We've ruined soccer.

MLS bringing in a team based on previous comments that is not actually ready to play and has no stadium...hmm I’m sure the Miami Marlins will let them share the field. Yankees do it. It’s Not Looking Good for Inter Miami’s Melreese Development Plans – Socceresq
Inter Miami is in the process of building a stadium on the former site of Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, for their entry into MLS for the 2020 season. Based on what happened Tuesday, they may want to extend their lease by a few years. Late Tuesday evening, two Miami commissioners filed a resolution which…

FINALLY! Report: Sacramento finally gets MLS expansion franchise – ProSoccerTalk
Sacramento's long journey towards MLS is set to be a fruitful one.

By default should be San Jose but there are other options. Sacramento Republic FC to MLS? Who will be their rivals? | The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Republic FC is expected to become a franchise in Major League Soccer, the sport’s top league in the United States. Here’s a look at who could become a rival with the team in California’s capital city.

USA

I feel like I should have optimism but it is draining very very quickly. The USMNT under Gregg Berhalter may never get good - SBNation.com
I’ve officially run out of reasons to be optimistic about the USMNT’s future under Gregg Berhalter.

The flu is not good, as long as it is just the flu and he did not visit Sam Darnold and pick up mono. United States' Gregg Berhalter explains Christian Pulisic sub vs Canada
Christian Pulisic was subbed off in Tuesday's disappointing 2-0 loss to Canada due to flu-like symptoms, according to manager Gregg Berhalter.

Is the USMNT improving? They so no. I can’t argue. Canada outplayed and outfought the US. There is no progress under Berhalter | Football | The Guardian
Patience is in short supply among the USMNT fanbase, who have had enough of being told .the team is in learning mode and that setbacks are growing pains

I am not against Berhalter losing his job, largely because I was not in favor of him getting it in the first place. It’s hard to be humbled. Anything less could cost Berhalter his job – ProSoccerTalk
Gregg Berhalter's plan to beat an opponent again failed miserably, but he again gets a chance at immediate redemption.

World

Post-World Cup bump is working for the English national Team too. England Women poised for attendance record after Wembley sell-out | Football | The Guardian
England Women have sold out Wembley for the first time for their friendly against Germany on 9 November.

Some great stories from Pedro Pasculli. Pedro Pasculli: from Maradona’s World Cup roommate to Bangor City manager | Andy Hunter | Football | The Guardian
World Cup winner at the second-tier Welsh club tells Andy Hunter about the ‘Campeones 86’ WhatsApp group and Maradona’s calming influence.

Good news for Manchester City. Sergio Aguero: Manchester City striker unhurt following car collision | Football News | Sky Sports
Sergio Aguero is unhurt after being involved in a small car collision on Wednesday morning.

Is Ole on his way out? Will Poch be on his way out? I can’t see Spurs firing Poch, so he would have to leave but the question is for who? Reports claim Allegri linked with Manchester United, Spurs – ProSoccerTalk
Tuttosport claims that contact between United and Allegri have "intensified."

Probably the next player to be as big as Ronaldo is in line for Ronaldo sized contracts. Mbappe in frame for monster contract offers from PSG, Real – ProSoccerTalk
Kylian Mbappe is one of the most dynamic players in the world and doesn't even turn 21 until late December.

The Spanish Federation has been trying to prevent playing out of the country but La Liga likes the idea of profits. LaLiga: LaLiga want Villarreal vs Atletico Madrid in Miami | MARCA in English
LaLiga are planning to play the league fixture between Villarreal and Atletico Madrid in Miami.The match, which will take place on December 8.

Barcelona is due to host the upcoming El Classico match but after the court decided against Catalan protesters, unrest has grown. The league has the decision, not the clubs. La Liga asks to move El Clasico to Madrid amid protests in Catalonia - Managing Madrid
Both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona reject such idea but won’t have the final decision.

And you thought it was only driving without a license that would cause a fine... Also the lies that Anderlecht tried to use to claim Kompany wasn’t coaching so he didn’t need a license were great. Anderlecht fined for allowing Vincent Kompany to coach team without license
Anderlecht were fined the maximum €5,000 ($5,516.00) on Tuesday for allowing Vincent Kompany to coach their team without the required diploma.

The fallout from the qualifier in Sofia continues. Bulgaria v England: Police arrest six following racist abuse at Euro qualifier - BBC Sport
Six Bulgarian football fans suspected of subjecting black England players to racist abuse are detained following police raids.

Speaking of Spurs, Poch and Levy are working through things. The two don’t always agree. Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino, Daniel Levy and shaping club through 'crisis' - BBC Sport
Mauricio Pochettino's response to Tottenham's current 'crisis' will very probably define him as a manager, writes Guillem Balague.

Racism at a soccer match in Italy, surprised? Exactly hopefully the partial stadium ban will create a beneficial impact but it is unlikely. Racism in football: Uefa punish Lazio with partial stadium closure for fan behaviour - BBC Sport
Uefa orders a partial closure of Lazio's stadium for the Italian club's next European home game following the racist behaviour of their fans.

UEFA Women’s Champions League round-up! Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema hits four in Champions League win at Slavia Prague | Football | The Guardian
Vivianne Miedema hit four goals in a 5-2 win at Slavia Prague to put Arsenal on the verge of the Women’s Champions League quarter-finals.

Bulgaria was definitely bad but the English haven’t been on the right side of this issue and that was very recently. So: Bulgaria bad, England good? Actually this is not as black and white as it seems | Marina Hyde | Football | The Guardian
It was not that long ago Raheem Sterling was being vilified by sections of English press and supporters, and hypocrisy has been rife since Monday’s debacle in Sofia.

About damn time. That said, I don’t have a lot of faith in this actually stopping or what replaces is it isn’t substantially similar. Qatar to abolish ‘kafala’ labour next January before 2022 World Cup | Sport | The Guardian
The most deeply resented employment condition for migrant workers in Qatar, the ‘kafala’ system, is to be abolished in January, the International Labour Organisation has announced.

The former PSG defender opens up on his time in the French capital and why he left. Paris is a stressful racist city I do not like it - Dani Alves
Former Paris Saint-Germain right-back Dani Alves has blasted Paris for its 'racism' after leaving to join Sao Paulo in the summer.

What’s on TV?

11:30 AM - 4:30 PM - NCAA Men’s Soccer - 10 matches on ESPN+, 1 on Fox Sports Go

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM - NCAA Women’s Soccer - 3 ESPN+, 2 BigTen Network and Foxsports.com, 1 ACC Network, 1 SEC Network

7:00 PM - Dorados v. Atlante - Ascenso MX - ESPN+, ESPN Deportes