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Major Link Soccer: Kemar Lawrence wants out of New York

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The LB wants out of Red Bull Arena and Julian Gressel wants a new contract.

MLS: New York Red Bulls at Portland Timbers Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

What moves should and/or are being made around MLS? What does your team need to advance in Champions League? Where is Zlatan not signing? And more about the NWSL and Australian W-League partnership.

Seattle

We’ve got plenty on the potential Reign FC sale but in case you want to read one of the articles that goes in-depth on the Predmores, OL Groupe, and the history of the Reign, here you go. Reign FC owner Bill Predmore on Lyon negotiations: ‘They value what is in place’ – The Athletic
Negotiations to sell the team are progressing, but Predmore says that is far from his only priority this offseason.

MLS/USL

Seattle, the land of leftbacks, probably isn’t in the market but who knows. Report: Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence asks for trade
One of the leagues best left-backs could be on the market.

ICYMI, the biggest who left who in MLS. 10 biggest end-of-season deadline day departures around MLS | MLSsoccer.com
The most notable names to be departing their MLS clubs from the 2019 end-of-season roster deadline day announcements.

The Waiver draft say four players, including a former Sounders U-23 GK, taken. Haris Medunjanin, Danilo Acosta highlight 2019 Waiver draft picks | MLSsoccer.com
Haris Medunjanin, Danilo Acosta highlight 2019 Waiver Draft picks.

Forget all the potential outside of the league moves, what moves does Doyle want to see happen with the out-of-contract/option-declined players? One does involve Seattle adding a player. Armchair Analyst: Nine silly-season moves I want to see before the window opens | MLSsoccer.com
This column is about the moves that can, and in some cases will happen over the next month. What mechanisms are allowable before January 1? Re-Entry Draft Stage 1? Check. Re-Entry Draft Stage 2? Check. Free agency? Check. Waiver draft? Check.

NWSL

Former Reign, and current NC Courage forward, is recovering well. Merritt Mathias is staying positive in ACL rehab and standing by her “F you” tweet - All For XI
Mathias wants accountability from Rachel Daly, the league, and the referee.

Rest will be key for players in this system, playing the “full-year” in Europe provides breaks while playing two half-year seasons back-to-back provides no breaks. Concerns over player welfare raised by W-League's partnership with NWSL | Samantha Lewis | Football | The Guardian
With plans to formalise an Australian-American accord comes a risk to the wellbeing of the game’s greatest assets.

USA

He wants to play for the USMNT but if he leaves Atlanta United, then the entire plan could be in disarray. Julian Gressel’s quest for USMNT eligibility hits potential snag – ProSoccerTalk
The 25-year-old wishes to play for the USMNT, but his eligibility could hang on contract negotiations with Atlanta United.

Prospects seem to go to the Bundesliga in droves, so why are people not watching? How Germany’s Bundesliga hopes to get more U.S. soccer fans’ attention
“1.5 billion people in the world speak English. 600 million people in the world speak Spanish,” he said in a recent interview with The Inquirer, compared to just 150 million German speakers worldwide. “Our competitors, the [English] Premier League and [Spain’s] La Liga, have an audience automatically with nearly half a billion potential fans.”

World

What does your team, if they can, need to advance in Champions League? Champions League permutations: What Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham & Man City need - BBC Sport
Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris St-Germain have qualified for the Champions League knockout stage. What do the other teams need in order to join them?

One of the best things Roma has ever done. AS Roma: Why did Italian club decide to announce signings alongside missing children? - BBC Sport
This summer, Italian club Roma began announcing their transfer signings alongside images of missing children. This is why.

WADA is pushing to ban Russian from competing in or hosting competitions, except they are supposed to host games during the Euros next year. So.... Euro 2020: Russia's staging of games under threat after Wada recommends ban - BBC Sport
Russia's staging of matches at Euro 2020 could be under threat after the World Anti-Doping Agency recommends a four-year ban on the country hosting sports events.

It was supposed to be a joke or something...yeah...no. theScore - Brescia support owner Cellino's controversial Balotelli comments
Brescia support owner Cellino's controversial Balotelli comments.

Could the Spanish Big 4 really have a problem advancing? Madrid, Barca, Atletico and Valencia in jeopardy amid La Liga's Champions League referendum
The sky isn't falling in Spain, but La Liga's biggest clubs have hardly been their dominant selves in the Champions League group stage this season.

One week might be light, especially since this was done after Dutch teams had protested racism during their matches. Fox suspends Marco van Basten one week for saying 'sieg heil' on air
Retired Netherlands football star Marco van Basten has been benched for a week by Fox Sports for saying "sieg heil" on air.

Stefan Frei can do this. Liga MX goalkeeper scores from his own box – ProSoccerTalk
Chivas goalkeeper Antonio Rodriguez admits he'd never scored a goal before in his life.

Copa Libertadores is sadly known for fan violence and this time was not any different. Flamengo clinch double as Rio celebrations are marred by clashes | Football | The Guardian
Celebrations of Flamengo’s Copa Libertadores victory were marred by clashes between fans and police in Rio de Janeiro with the club later confirmed as Brazilian league champions, too.

Should these three get the Pochettino treatment and get asked to not return or should they get the Ole Gunnar treatment and keep fighting. For and against sacking Unai Emery, Manuel Pellegrini and Marco Silva | Football | The Guardian
All three managers are under pressure and could lose their jobs soon. Our writers outline why that would be good and bad

I really hope James Milner is right that it would be easier, but it shouldn’t be a question of ease, we should be in a place where there is no reason you need to fear homophobia. James Milner is right – it would be much easier for a gay player to come out now | Sean Ingle | Football | The Guardian
Research suggests attitudes among professional players have shifted immeasurably since Justin Fashanu became the first openly gay player 30 years ago – all it needs now is for the fans to follow.

Amidst Tottenham having a great new stadium and Old Trafford needing some help, what are the Mighty Reds looking at doing? Manchester United look for ‘perfect solution’ to revamp Old Trafford
Manchester United are conducting a large-scale strategic review of their infrastructure, including Old Trafford and the club’s Carrington training base, amid recognition that modernisation is required.

Watford looked well last year finishing mid-table, but this year they are struggling, could the solution be a third coach on the year? If you ask me, no. Quique Sanchez Flores on brink as Watford consider third manager of the season in battle to beat relegation
Watford are worried they will be forced to make a second managerial change of the season to try to fight off the threat of relegation from the Premier League.

The attack came in the closing minutes of the match and is unclear why it started. Referee assaulted by footballer in 'unprovoked attack' - BBC News
The incident happened in the game between Sporting 50 and AFC Sutton Common Rovers in Surbiton, south-west London, on Saturday. A man in his 40s was treated by paramedics for non-life threatening injuries, the Met said.

Chelsea is not for sale, at least not if the bid is not a premium. Roman Abramovich 'intimately involved' at Chelsea, won't entertain sale - chairman Bruce Buck
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is fully involved in running the Premier League side and will not entertain "bargain bids" for the club.

MLS to Tottenham was DeAndre Yedlin’s path but it will not be Zlatan’s path this year. Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Tottenham doesn't make sense - Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho has ruled out signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, saying a move for the striker "doesn't make sense" while Tottenham have Harry Kane.

Speaking of DeAndre Yedlin, his club is too passive for Steve Bruce’s liking. Bruce labels Newcastle performance ‘too passive’ – ProSoccerTalk
The Newcastle boss did not mince words after being soundly beaten at Villa Park.

What’s on TV today?

9:55 AM - Galatasaray v. Club Brugge - UEFA Champions League - Galavision, B/R Live

9:55 AM - Lokomotiv Moscow v. Bayer Leverkusen - UEFA Champions League - TNT, TUDN, B/R Live

12:00 PM - Real Madrid v. PSG - UEFA Champions League - TNT, TUDN, B/R Live

12:00 PM - Tottenham v. Olympiacos - UEFA Champions League - B/R Live

12:00 PM - Red Star Belgrade v. Bayern Munich - UEFA Champions League - B/R Live

12:00 PM - Manchester City v. Shakhtar Donetsk - UEFA Champions League - B/R Live

12:00 PM - Atalanta v. Dinamo Zagreb - UEFA Champions League - B/R Live

12:00 PM - Juventus v. Atletico Madrid - UEFA Champions League - B/R Live

12:00 PM - Reading v. Leeds United - EFL Championship - ESPN+

7:00 PM - Motagua v. Deportivo Saprissa - CONCACAF Champions League - TUDN