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Major Link Soccer: What is next for a Jill Ellis-less USWNT?

New boss is coming, what’ll happen?

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A Timbers DP checks in SABH, details on Mike Petke’s contract, what is going on in Manchester, racism at Aston Villa, and what is Wondo’s future?


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All the interesting details you didn’t know you wanted to know about the former anti-printer RSL manager. Mike Petke’s contract with Real Salt Lake, explained - RSL Soapbox
Did you know Mike Petke was given a bonus for playing youth players?

Contract said arbitration, courts like to defer to that. RSL files motion to dismiss in Petke case, argues for arbitration as required remedy - RSL Soapbox
Real Salt Lake has filed a motion to compel arbitration and dismiss the case or, alternatively, to stay the case.

Hopefully Fernandez gets the help he needs. Unclear if the knowledge he would enroll is why the Timbers did not appeal his red card after all. Report: Brian Fernandez to enter Major League Soccer’s substance abuse and behavioral health program - Stumptown Footy
As first reported by Paul Tenorio on Twitter and then confirmed by the Oregonian’s Jamie Goldberg, Portland Timbers Designated Player Brian Fernandez voluntarily entered Major League Soccer’s.

The club has been linked with former David Beckham teammates, Santiago Solari and Gennaro Gattuso. If the manager is someone with a non-alliterative name, I’ll be confused. Inter Miami "close to finalizing" first head coach, hope to have announcement ASAP |
NEW YORK — Inter Miami believe they have identified their inaugural head coach and hope to have a deal announced soon.

OCSC did not yield great results under O’Connor and now the club will look for their fourth permanent manager in MLS club history. Orlando City SC part ways with head coach James O'Connor |
Orlando City SC have parted ways with head coach James O'Connor, the club announced Monday.

Unclear if Wondo will be back at the club where he scored all his goals. Chris Wondolowski cryptic about his future with San Jose Earthquakes |
MLS legend Chris Wondolowski cryptic about his future with San Jose Earthquakes.

Costs being higher for a stadium than projected isn’t new but double what city officials said is concerning. New Crew stadium's costs to city of Columbus nearly double what officials publicly said - News - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
Columbus pledged $50 million toward a Downtown stadium for the Crew SC and renovation of Mapfre stadium for team practice and community use, but the city's total cost is really much higher — close to double, according records obtained by The Dispatch.

New Mexico United already had some of the best jerseys in the USL. Kicking off collaboration: New Mexico United rotates local artists to create team-inspired art » Albuquerque Journal
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The team will use the money from the sales to support its High Performance Program that will offer elite soccer training to youth ages 12 to 17.


The players that went to the World Cup just seem off in Portland. Something’s off with the Portland Thorns – Equalizer Soccer


Well well well, the Nations League matters...or something. Pulisic excited for USMNT’s battles with Cuba, Canada – ProSoccerTalk
"I think Canada should be really exciting because they have a good young team as well. I’m really excited."

The American talisman will get minutes one day, he just has to play through the headache to get there. Pulisic talks Chelsea frustration, acclimating to London, and blocking out criticism - We Ain't Got No History
Be patient, train hard, can’t lose?

Missing out on Champions League minutes hurt but Pulisic will get them if he keeps fighting. Pulisic ‘hurt’ by Lille snub but won’t give up
Christian Pulisic admits it hurt to be left out of the squad for Chelsea’s Champions League win over Lille, but says he won’t “give up, ever.”

The current Reign boss and former Reign boss are the top two names floated to replace Jill Ellis. Without Jill Ellis, what's next for the USWNT? | ESPN
As Jill Ellis' era comes to a close with the USWNT, Vlatko Andonovski and Laura Harvey are front-runners to take over as the next coach.

As the tour ends, Ellis is out, so what happens next? As Ellis exits, search for next USWNT coach intensifies – Equalizer Soccer

Not surprisingly the players filed a dispute with what the USSF responded with in court. The USSF said the women earned more so this is a non-starter, but the women should’ve earned triple the pay under an even pay structure. USWNT disputes USSF filing in equal pay suit
A filing alleges that USWNT members would have earned three times their actual pay if paid under the same terms as the MNT.

With the LAFC centerback pulling out of the squad, Gregg Berhalter called on the Atlanta CB. Miles Robinson added to USMNT roster - Stars and Stripes FC
He replaces an injured Walker Zimmerman, while Jozy Altidore receives further evaluation.


Two different Aston Villa players were targeted by their own fans this season. Aston Villa ‘disgusted and appalled’ by fans’ racist chant – ProSoccerTalk
"The club wholly condemns the chant and urges other supporters to help us identify those responsible."

As a fan of Manchester United, it is very hard to have hope. Man Utd: How bad is the latest crisis for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side? - BBC Sport
"A quagmire of mediocrity" or "the only crisis is an injury crisis" - how bad is it at Manchester United and is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer safe from the sack?

Gradi was already suspended from the club. Dario Gradi retires from Crewe Alexandra director of football and board roles - BBC Sport
Dario Gradi retires from his position as director of football and from his role on the Crewe Alexandra board.

The English wanted the match moved over concerns regarding drunken fan behavior. English police urged Uefa to reschedule Friday night Prague game amid fan fears | Football | The Guardian
Mark Roberts, the national police lead officer for football, was disappointed at how his plea to Uefa not to stage England’s Euro tie in Prague on Friday over fears of drunken behaviour was overlooked.

Duckenfield faces fresh trial over Hillsborough manslaughter charges | UK news | The Guardian
The ex-South Yorkshire police chief superintendent was in command during 1989 disaster.

Imagine if one of the best players in the world didn’t suit up for England at the World Cup? Portugal game a reminder how close England came to losing Lucy Bronze | Football | The Guardian
Lucy Bronze could have chosen to play for Portugal 11 years ago because of her father but England came calling just in time.

Will Odegaard pan out or be a young flameout? Inside Europe: Martin Odegaard is trying to be more than a child prodigy |
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Juve is rolling while Man City is most definitely not. Juventus show why they hired Sarri in beating Inter. PLUS: Are Man City in crisis?
Sunday's win over Inter was the one Juve fans had been waiting for as Sarri's appointment finally made sense. PLUS: There's panic at the Etihad.

No surgery at least for the Tottenham keeper. Tottenham's Lloris out until 2020 with damaged ligaments - France boss Deschamps
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is unlikely to play again this year after scans showed he suffered damaged ligaments in his left elbow.

The former Barcelona keeper was managing their U19s when he was fired. Barcelona: Official: Barcelona sack Victor Valdes | MARCA in English
Away from the intense focus of LaLiga Santander football, one of the biggest stories of the weekend came when Barcelona’s Under-19 coach informed...

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