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The final 23-man roster for Nations League leaves the two off.

Soccer: FIFA World Cup Qulifier-Trinidad & Tobago at USA Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Turns out that even though the Sounders won the MLS Cup, the rest of soccer did not halt. A lot of it did (or that was the international break) but turns out it did go on.

Seattle

Yeah, they’ll finally take the rest of the stock now. They opted out of the deal to buy CBA about two months ago but that was just because the deal was at a higher price than the shares were trading at. At last, Budweiser really does own Redhook (A-B Inbev announces plans to buy CBA) – Washington Beer Blog
Redhook is now really owned by Budweiser. Anheuser-Busch Inbev is buying out the rest of Craft Brew Alliance in a $320 million deal.

Because you want to read Warshaw eating some of his own words. Warshaw: Seattle Sounders take advantage as Toronto FC fail to capitalize on early dominance | MLSsoccer.com
After the Seattle Sounders beat Toronto FC 3-1 to win MLS Cup 2019, Bobby Warshaw explains how the Sounders adjusted their game plan to beat a Toronto side that dominated the first half.

IS IT A DYNASTY? BECAUSE YES. MLS Cup win is only the start for Seattle Sounders as club targets dynasty, CCL glory | MLSsoccer.com
"Now we’re not just relevant in MLS, we’re relevant in the city," Seattle Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey said after Sunday's MLS Cup triumph.

MLS

Youngest player since Freddy Adu to sign in MLS. San Jose Earthquakes sign 14-year-old goalkeeper Emmanuel Ochoa | MLSsoccer.com
The San Jose Earthquakes have signed the youngest Homegrown player in league history, 14-year-old GK Emmanuel Ochoa.

The midfielder is changing teams yet again as he moves to Miami. Inter Miami add Victor Ulloa to growing roster from FC Cincinnati | MLSsoccer.com
It will be the Mexican-American's second such team in two years after he joined FC Cincinnati for their expansion effort.

The Dutch boss left Feyernoord at the end of last season to develop as a coach throughout City Football Group moving around between the affiliated clubs. Giovanni van Bronckhorst to Take Charge of NYCFC as Man City Prepare Pep Guardiola Replacement | 90min
Giovanni van Bronckhorst is set to take charge of New York City FC, with Manchester City looking to allow him develop and replace Pep Guardiola in the future.

USA

From winning the MLS Cup to hoping to beat Canada (not Toronto but all of Canada) with the USMNT. USMNT names 23-man roster for final Nations League matches - Stars and Stripes FC
Roldan and Morris will be joining USMNT soon.

Bradley picked up a knock in the final apparently and Pulisic has a heavy workload next week. Christian Pulisic, Michael Bradley left out of U.S. Nations League squad
Christian Pulisic and Michael Bradley have both been ruled out of the upcoming CONCACAF Nations League matches against Canada and Cuba.

Can the USMNT win without those two? Yes. Definitely. People underestimate the Joristan Mordan impact. How USMNT can top Canada without Bradley, Pulisic – ProSoccerTalk
Losing twice in one month to a nation who hadn't beaten you since Berhalter was in junior high would be a huge step back.

World

The handball changed the game and could change the entire season. Liverpool v Man City handball: Was this 2019-20 season’s 11mm moment? - BBC Sport
Premier League leaders Liverpool open a nine-point gap on champions Manchester City on Sunday, but it could all have turned out rather different at Anfield.

Exporting soccer is what Spain wants to do after trying to get a La Liga match in the US, they are taking the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia. Spanish Super Cup: Saudi Arabia to host Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia - BBC Sport
The Spanish Super Cup tournament will be played in Saudi Arabia in January 2020, the national football association (RFEF) says.

Leave your club drama at home is Gareth Southgate’s rule and the winger couldn’t follow that. England drop Raheem Sterling for Euro qualifier over clash with Joe Gomez | Football | The Guardian
Raheem Sterling has been dropped from England’s squad for the Euro 2020 qualifier with Montenegro after a ‘disturbance’ involving Liverpool’s Joe Gomez.

Is Pep on the way out? Is he done with the Citizens? Genesis, Revelation … Exodus: has Guardiola reached City endgame? | Barney Ronay | Football | The Guardian
Pep Guardiola is generally in one of three phases of engagement – it is tempting to conclude we are in this third stage now, that the Pep exodus has begun.

Blame Diego Costa for all of this. Kieran Trippier: ‘Everywhere I go they shout Rooney at me. Everyone’ | Football | The Guardian
The defender on how Diego Costa created his nickname at Atlético Madrid, what went wrong at Tottenham and missing the darts.

Steps one and two were followed of protocol from racist incidents, then when more abuse occurred the player flipped off fans and blasted the ball into the stands. The ref sent him off instead of abandoning the game. Shakhtar Donetsk’s Taison sent off for reaction to racist insults | Football | The Guardian
Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian midfielder Taison was sent off for reacting to racist insults from Dynamo Kyiv fans in the Ukrainian league.

Should he leave is the better discussion. Report: Messi will not trigger exit clause this summer – ProSoccerTalk
"I always compare him with Pele," Bartomeu said. "Pele was a one-club man in Brazil."

VAR isn’t going poorly in Germany, unlike the perception everywhere else. Bundesliga VAR by the numbers Bayern Munich - Bavarian Football Works
The Bundesliga has released the data on VAR — and it’s not bad.

I mean I am all for this being a message against racism in Italy too but Balotelli is playing well and deserves his call-up. Mario Balotelli will get Italy call due to quality, not skin color - Roberto Mancini
Italy coach Roberto Mancini would prefer to recall Mario Balotelli for his qualities as a player, not as a message against racism.

More injuries to one of Liverpool’s top players is a real concern for the title hopefuls. Sources: Liverpool concerned by latest Mohamed Salah knock
Liverpool have major concerns over Mohamed Salah's ankle injury after he took another knock against Manchester City, sources have told ESPN FC.

The goalkeeper suffered from depression that while his family knew, his teammates didn’t. Robert Enke: Remembering former Germany and Hannover goalkeeper, 10 years on - BBC Sport
Robert Enke was Germany's goalkeeper, set to play in the next summer's World Cup. On 10 November 2009, he took his own life.

What’s on TV?

Nothing. Go find a replay of the MLS Cup Final and scream all over again. There is Brazilian Serie B and UEFA Women’s Euro Qualifying but neither are on TV in the US.