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Puget Sound

Sounders FC Future Is Written in Black Ink at Cheney Stadium
Sunday’s Sounders FC’s MLS Cup victory still echoes through the air of Puget Sound. From the ringing ears of 69,274 voices singing in unison to the parade clamoring through downtown Seattle.

If you haven’t yet had your fill of photos from the big day, Burgundy Wave sent a photographer to document it from a neutral perspective. 2019 MLS Cup Final Photo Gallery - Burgundy Wave
The Seattle Sounders beat Toronto FC 3-1 on a Sunday afternoon in the Pacific Northwest. John Babiak was there to capture it all.

MLS / USL

Toronto FC prez: We’ll shop for strike partner for Altidore in winter window | MLSsoccer.com
Reds president Bill Manning views Toronto FC’s lack of punch up top beyond Jozy Altidore as a major factor in their 3-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders in Sunday’s MLS Cup final, and addressing that looks to be one of his top priorities this offseason.

A number of fans who bet on Seattle won handsomely. Why MLS is more of a gamble for bookmakers than savvy bettors – The Athletic ($)
Long thought to be terrible for sports gamblers, the league actually poses a number of challenges for those setting the odds.

MLS, adidas celebrate 25 years with new match ball - LAG Confidential
Can’t go wrong with retro.

Miami might be misremembering the line from Field of Dreams. Inter Miami acquire GK Drake Callender from San Jose Earthquakes | MLSsoccer.com
Inter Miami have acquired the HGP rights to goalkeeper Drake Callender from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for a 2020 MLS SuperDraft second round pick and up to $150k in GAM.

Way-too-early look at MLS in 2020: Beckham’s Miami or Nashville to reach playoffs, LAFC to win it all
The 2019 MLS season just ended so of course we’re already thinking of the future. Here are our bold guesses as to what next year holds.

Public reaction to the team name has been very positive. David Villa confirms involvement in new USL Championship team in Queens | MLSsoccer.com
Former New York City FC star David Villa is returning to the five boroughs, but in a new role on a new project.

NWSL / Women’s soccer

Public reaction to the team name has been very... mixed. Proof Louisville FC is name for Louisville’s expansion NWSL team
The expansion team is set to begin play in 2021.

The Spirit move into a new phase of their plan to gradually transition all games to Audi Field, with a short detour to Loudon to start. Washington Spirit to split 2020 NWSL season between 3 stadiums - Black And Red United
Audi Field, Segra Field, and the Maryland SoccerPlex will all host the Spirit next year

U.S. soccer

It’s hard to argue with winning. Takeaways from Vlatko Andonovski’s first USWNT games - All For XI
Feels good y’all.

I’ll let the quote speak for itself, since I’m too flabbergasted to say anything witty. Earnie Stewart: USMNT has made progress under Gregg Berhalter | ESPN
”I do think there’s been progress, I really do,” USSF sporting director Earnie Stewart said about Gregg Berhalter’s job status as USMNT manager.

U.S. Soccer refused to pay women equally. It now could be facing a bigger cost. - The Washington Post
Why did the federation treat the World Cup champs as lesser than their male counterparts? It soon may be exposed in court.

Megan Rapinoe’s gender-neutral clothing is great but we can’t afford it - SBNation.com
We need more gender neutral clothing options, but do they really need to be so darn expensive?

World soccer

Spanish Super Cup to be held in Saudi Arabia, says federation | Sports News, The Indian Express
The federation declined to say how much the deal was worth, but indicated that all income earned would be reinvested in amateur football and women’s football, aside from money granted to the four competing clubs.

Sterling-Gomez clash: England squad ‘like family’ - Gareth Southgate - BBC Sport
Manager Gareth Southgate compares his squad to “a family”, saying arguments were inevitable after Raheem Sterling’s confrontation with Joe Gomez.

Three Lions: One World Cup, 147 years and 1,000 games - the numbers behind England men’s milestone - BBC Sport
BBC Sport takes a look back through the mists of time at the statistics behind the tears, turmoil, triumphs and trophies that have shaped the Three Lions’ story so far.

Discrimination in football may ‘get worse before it gets better’ - BBC Sport
Discrimination in football may “get worse before it gets better”, according to Sanjay Bhandari, the new chairman of anti-racism charity Kick It Out.

Moise Kean was dropped from Everton squad after breach of club rules | The Guardian
Everton striker Moise Kean’s difficult start to his career at Goodison Park continues after it emerged he was dropped from the squad for a breach of club rules.

This is probably good, since the proposed changes were probably going to make things worse. Premier League to rule out major changes to VAR in meeting with clubs | The Guardian
Premier League are to stick to their guns over VAR and rule out substantial changes to the technology.

Barcelona keen on Erling Haaland but put off by €100 million price tag
Barcelona are interested in signing Erling Haaland but they’re put off off by his €100 million price tag, sources have told ESPN FC.

U.S. teenager Matteo Ritaccio signs pro deal with Liverpool – ProSoccerTalk
Long Island native Ritaccio, 18, has impressed in Liverpool’s youth teams and now has a pro deal.

Cristiano Ronaldo faces meeting with Juve admin, apology to teammates – ProSoccerTalk
Juventus players expect an apology from “CR7,” who left the stadium Sunday after being subbed out of Juve’s defeat of AC Milan.

How Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos became the kings of set pieces in La Liga | ESPN
As soon as the eternal Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Lionel Messi head-to-head withered away when CR7 left Spain, Sergio Ramos stepped up to the plate.

Real Madrid inform RFEF of opposition to La Liga game in United States | ESPN
The Royal Spanish Football Federation has received a letter from Real Madrid opposing playing a regular season La Liga game in the United States.

What’s on TV?

8:00 AM: Cameroon vs. Cape Verde (Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers) — beIN Sports

...and that’s it, at least in terms of things you can watch without a VPN.