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The Reign boss is stepping up to the National Team.

Reign FC Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski Portraits Photo by Jane Gershovich/ISI Photos/Getty Images

The USWNT has a new coach (hint, you know who it is), Bob Bradley runs out of an interview, a strike is coming in Spain, and much more!

Seattle

Sounders are definitely the team of the decade. MLS's team of the decade? Here's the case for the Seattle Sounders | MLSsoccer.com
We definitely agree!

This sounds really cool! Extra Life | Play Games. Heal Kids.
For Extra Life 2019, I am creating the Cascadian Gamers Premier League custom database for FM19. This is a Custom FM19(or 20 if available) database and to run a simulation for as many years as we can during the 25 hour gaming window.

MLS

Sounders will be seeing LAFC as they just grabbed their first win over the Galaxy. LA is Black and Gold: LAFC 5, LA Galaxy 3 - Angels on Parade
LAFC get first-ever El Trafico win on biggest stage yet.

Seattle’s CCL chances took a large step forward (before LAG lost and pushed it over) but their hosting of MLS cup chances took a step back. MLS Cup Playoff Recap: Atlanta United vs. Philadelphia Union - Dirty South Soccer
Julian Gressel and Josef Martinez scored as Atlanta United advanced to their second straight Eastern Conference Final.

Not really sure why but Bradley was not happen with this interview. Bob Bradley tells ESPN reporter to “get lost” in on-camera interview - Angels on Parade
LAFC boss also abruptly ends discussion.

Great coach, bad organization, big challenge. Tab Ramos reported to be next Houston Dynamo manager - Stars and Stripes FC
The U-20 manager takes on a new challenge.

Pretty good goal. I still think Ruidiaz’s goal against Atlanta was better though. Josef Martinez wins 2019 MLS Goal of the Year - Dirty South Soccer
An Atlanta United player wins Goal of the Year for the second time in three years.

Could the solution to look forward in Salt Lake be looking back? Kreis hasn’t been successful since leaving Utah but maybe a return is all he needs. Is Jason Kreis coming home? The Athletic reports he’s set for interview - RSL Soapbox
The former RSL coach has been given the OK to interview at RSL.

Great season for the loanee keeper in his first year of MLS play. Vito Mannone named 2019 Allstate MLS Goalkeeper of the Year - E Pluribus Loonum
Another one of MNUFC’s standout players from 2019 have been named as an MLS Award Winner

NWSL

Very interesting read with former Reign player, Yael Averbuch. As the NWSL ends another season, veteran Yael Averbuch predicts its future | Inverse
Yael Averbuch has one of the finest soccer pedigrees in the world with a long professional career including US National Team experience. She's also head of the Player's Association for the National Women's Soccer League, the newest league aiming to reshape the women's professional experience.

If the headline isn’t enough...I don’t know what else would draw you into read this. Heather O’Reilly – My Perfect Player: There was blood pouring from Wambach’s head… so they stapled it there on the field – The Athletic
Heather O'Reilly constructs her ideal footballer, based on those she played with and against during her distinguished career...

The SB Nation ones make more sense than some of the actual league votes (like for Best XI). 2019 NWSL awards, as voted on by SB Nation - SBNation.com
Sam Kerr unsurprisingly picks up a couple of them.

Louisville is the immediate future but what is after that? NWSL's future: Expansion, US Soccer's role for women's league - Sports Illustrated
NWSL is at a pivotal point during a historic year for women's soccer in the USA. What will its future look like?

USA

Sad to see Vlatko leave the Reign, but great coach for the USWNT. U.S. Soccer expected to name USWNT coach soon - The Washington Post
Reign FC's Vlatko Andonovski is the favorite, while Germany's Maren Meinert could end up on the staff.

The Stars and Stripes story on Vlatko’s hiring and what he needs to do before the Olypmics. Vlatko Andonovski is the new USWNT coach. What should be his top priorities for 2020? - Stars and Stripes FC
The world champions don’t need an overhaul, but the new coach shouldn’t be afraid to put his own stamp on the team.

He hasn’t lit the world on fire at Chelsea but it hasn’t been a terrible start. When the Hershey native (I just wanted to say the chocolate) gets minutes, he is looking good. Let’s stop panicking about Christian Pulisic - SBNation.com
Christian Pulisic hasn’t yet established himself as a first-choice starter for Chelsea, but he’s still helping the team win games

It’ll be tough with Japan, Senegal, and the Netherlands sharing the group. U-17 FIFA World Cup: Group D Preview - Stars and Stripes FC
The United States has a hard road to the knockout rounds.

The USMNT deservedly drops but should probably keep falling... USMNT drops 2 spots in FIFA World Rankings - Stars and Stripes FC
And we have a new Top 6 in CONCACAF.

World

The top division of Spanish Women’s Soccer is going on strike and you can’t blame them. There’s a Strike Coming in Women’s Football - Managing Madrid
18 meetings over the past year have proven fruitless, now Primera Iberdrola is going on strike.

Daryl Morey brought up a very important issue and the NBA shut it down for money, FIFA is kind of doing the same when they host the Club World Cup in China. FIFA criticized for Club World Cup in China after NBA issues | Yahoo Sports
Amnesty International UK called it another opportunity for China to “‘sportswash’ its tarnished international reputation.”

Playing a match in London, then flying to Qatar to play in the World Cup nine days later seems reckless. I guess England wants to keep their title-less run active. Premier League begins fixture planning for 2022 World Cup season - BBC Sport
Premier League players could face the prospect of playing games nine days before the start of the 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar.

Moreno had been an assistant with plenty of big clubs and the Spanish National Team but only was the head boss for youth sides. Spain coach Robert Moreno: 'I had no public profile before I was appointed' - BBC Sport
Spain coach Robert Moreno talks to BBC Football Daily podcast about taking over from Luis Enrique, Lionel Messi and The Matrix and tipping England for Euro 2020.

This wasn’t the first time this banner towards Origi appeared, question is why is this the first time we heard about it. 'Offensive' Divock Origi banner also displayed at Champions League final | Football | The Guardian
The ‘highly offensive and inappropriate’ banner of Divock Origi that was removed from the Liverpool section before the team’s 4-1 victory in Genk on Wednesday was also displayed during June’s Champions League final in Madrid.

What’s on TV?

11:00 AM - Twente v. Emmen - Eredivisie - ESPN+

11:30 AM - AS Eupen v. Anderlecht - Blegian First Division - B/R Live

11:30 AM - Mainz 05 v. Koln - Bundesliga - FS2

11:45 AM - Hellas Verona v. Sassuolo - ESPN+

12:00 PM - Southampton v. Leicester City - English Premier League - NBCSN

7:06 PM - Tijauana v. Veracruz - Liga MX - ESPN Deportes, ESPN+

Lots of NCAA Men’s Soccer from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on ESPN+ and the ACC Network.