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Major Link Soccer: Oliver Giroud not interested in moving to Vancouver

The swan song of a retiring USWNT legend, Zlatan immortalized in bronze.

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NCAA DI Men Rankings – National | United Soccer Coaches
UW Huskies climb to #2 after defeating former #2 Stanford and Cal in the past week.


Report: Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud lists D.C. United among MLS options - Black And Red United
Call it The Rooney Effect

Warshaw: 24 Takeaways on the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs bracket |
Complacency could be the Sounders biggest concern, according to Bobby.

Can Atlanta repeat? Why all 14 playoff teams could lift MLS Cup - and why they won’t
Hopes of postseason glory might never be higher among all 14 playoff teams, so we detail why each could lift MLS Cup and why each probably won’t.

2019 MLS statistical leaders: Top performers from the regular season |
Lodeiro leads the league in fouls suffered for the third straight season.

Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic attends dedication of statue in his honor in Sweden |
David Beckham isn’t the only MLS icon to find himself immortalized in bronze.

Auf wiedersehen, Bastian. Bastian Schweinsteiger Announces His Retirement - Hot Time In Old Town
Der Fußballgott calls time on an astonishing 17-year-long career

Just call him Schrödinger’s Coach. Conflicting reports surface regarding Matias Almeyda’s future |
Will he stay or will he go?

Jorge Mas on Inter Miami’s stadium projects: “We’re on time” |
Despite working on two stadium sites, one for the interim and one for the future, Inter Miami aren’t worried about either. In fact, according to co-owner Jorge Mas, it’s all smooth sailing.

Ignacio Piatti skips Montreal Impact postseason media day | Pro Soccer USA
Ignacio Piatti was absent from Montreal’s end-of-year press conference after the club revealed plans to pick up the option on his contract for next season.

Atlanta United, Miles Robinson agree to multiyear contract extension |
United and center back Miles Robinson have agreed to a multiyear contract extension, the club announced Tuesday.

Official: Fire Will Play 2020 Season At Soldier Field - Hot Time In Old Town
The “world’s best worst-kept secret” is no longer secret.

FC Cincinnati’s attendance ranking - Cincinnati Business Courier
FC Cincinnati finished near the top in its first Major League Soccer season in one important category.

NWSL / Women’s soccer

A post-match groping incident and a pitch invasion have some questioning the amount of access women’s players in particular are expected to give fans. The harassment of Sofia Huerta and the dangers of fan access – Equalizer Soccer
Women’s soccer has long been known for the accessibility of its players. This past weekend, we saw the negative ramifications of that. In separate incidents a day and a country apart, professional women’s players faced dangerous and inappropriate situations while interacting with fans after a match.

The former Boston Breakers coach knows a thing or two about leading an underdog. New Antigua & Barbuda head coach Lisa Cole wants to build a change engine - All For XI
Lisa Cole knows she’s facing a challenge, but she has the right mix of realism and idealism for it.

‘You gotta see this kid play:’ The final shift of HAO |
Few American soccer stars have been more accomplished, more tenacious and more beloved than the soon-to-retire Heather Ann O’Reilly.

It wasn’t pretty, but England needed something to right the ship after a string of ugly losses. England beats Portugal 1-0 in friendly to end winless streak | Yahoo Sports
England striker Beth Mead took advantage of a goalkeeping error to score the only goal as England beat Portugal 1-0 in a friendly on Tuesday to end a five-game winless streak dating back to the Women’s World Cup.

US Soccer

Does USMNT develop players? Yes and no, Gregg Berhalter explains | Yahoo Sports
U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter says that he can’t create a national team-caliber player. That doesn’t mean he can’t make the players he already has better.

United States international Dest: I always imagined playing for Netherlands
Ajax right-back Sergino Dest has said that, as a child, he always pictured himself playing for the Dutch national side.

Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore withdraws from USMNT soccer camp due to injury - Waking The Red
The TFC striker won’t be in the U.S. lineup vs. Canada at BMO Field on Oct. 15.

Recent edition of FIFA Rankings make upcoming home fixture vs USA crucial for Canada Soccer - Waking The Red
The stakes will be sky-high as Canada host the US at BMO field on October 15.

With Olympic qualifying in March, Kreis talks U-23 progress ahead of October camp in Miami | ASN
With Olympic qualifying now less than six months away, ASN’s Brian Sciaretta spoke with USMNT U-23 head coach Jason Kreis about the team’s progress and how its building towards what he hopes will be a big year in 2020.

Rose Lavelle speaks on retired USWNT manager Ellis’ impact - Washington Spirit

World soccer

Man United, Real Madrid, Barcelona managers avoiding sackings | Yahoo Sports
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United has disappointed, but there appears to be reticence in replacing him. The same scenario is playing out at other major clubs.

David Squires on … Untitled Premier League Managers Game | Football | The Guardian
Our cartoonist looks at the managers under pressure as we enter the international break

Some teams in Europe are making moves in the managerial department. Marco Giampaolo: AC Milan sack manager after poor start to season - BBC Sport
AC Milan sack manager Marco Giampaolo after only three and a half months in charge because of a poor start to the season.

Premier League could lose fourth automatic Champions League place | Football | The Guardian
The Premier League faces losing one of its automatic Champions League spots under proposals being floated by the European Leagues.

Champions League: Andrea Agnelli plan carries burnout risk, says European Leagues body - BBC Sport
Player welfare will be at risk if plans to change European club competitions go ahead, says the body representing leagues across the continent.

It’s definitely the fault of video games, rather than teams pricing out local fans, squeezing more talent into a few superclubs per league, and rampant corruption. Andrea Agnelli: European Super League will help football evolve against threat of Fortnite | London Evening Standard
Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli has warned that European football cannot survive against new competitors without progressing away from a domestically focused system. Agnelli, head of the European Clubs Association, has been campaigning for a European Super League of sorts.

It’s disgusting that we even need to have these discussions. Gareth Southgate prepares England squad for racism response before European Qualifiers | Football News | Sky Sports
Gareth Southgate has briefed his England squad on what to do should they experience racist abuse during their upcoming European Qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

Sources: Barcelona need to make €124m in sales hope to offload Coutinho Rakitic
Barcelona must bring in €124 million in player sales before the end of the season, sources have told ESPN FC.

Tammy Abraham: England will walk off if they hear racist abuse - BBC Sport
England are prepared to walk off the pitch if they are targeted by racist abuse in their Euro 2020 qualifiers this week, says Tammy Abraham.

Russia v Scotland: ‘Prisoner’ Craig Brown recalls successful Moscow mission - BBC Sport
Former manager Craig Brown recalls leaving Russia as ‘a prisoner’ and says avoiding defeat in Moscow would be a very good result for Scotland.

Gareth Bale: Real Madrid forward ‘angry’ and wants to leave - Guillem Balague - BBC Sport
Gareth Bale is “fed up” at Real Madrid and wants to leave the club, according to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Guillem Balague.

Moore up front: Wigan’s Kieffer Moore on journey from lifeguard to Wales striker - BBC Sport
Wigan striker Kieffer Moore is riding the crest of a wave after completing a journey from lifeguard to international football with Wales.

Football tourism — why it’s not just half and half scarves - BBC Sport
Football tourism is a booming industry and there is currently no hotter destination than the Premier League.

General nerdery

Why You Should Play in the D&D Adventurers League (and a New 1-Sheet Quick Start) | DMDavid

What’s on TV?

10:00 AM: Guinea vs. Liberia (WAFU Cup of Nations) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Germany vs. Argentina (men’s international friendly) — TUDN, UniMas & ESPN+

1:00 PM: Senegal vs. Mali (WAFU Cup of Nations) — ESPN+

4:00 PM: Indiana vs. Kentucky (NCAA men’s soccer) — FS1

5:00 PM: Hartford Athletic vs. Birmingham Legion (USL Championship) — ESPN+

Plus nearly two dozen men’s and women’s NCAA soccer matches on ESPN+ and ESPN3, with kickoffs from 12:00 PM through 5:00 PM

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