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MLS Cup

The neutral’s guide to 2019 MLS Cup | MLSsoccer.com
Your team not playing in MLS Cup? That’s okay!

Zakuani: Why Brian Schmetzer continues to excel as Seattle Sounders head coach | MLSsoccer.com
Steve Zakuani had his doubts about Schmetzer’s transition from assistant coach to head coach in 2016. Schmetzer has quieted all of them.

2007 Sounders recall the last time the club won a league title at home – The Athletic ($)
It was a team filled with local talent that laid the groundwork for MLS.

Greg Vanney: There’s something really special in another Seattle vs Toronto MLS Cup | MLSsoccer.com
As soccer fans prepare to witness a third MLS Cup final in four years featuring Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders, a famous quote is being adapted.

MLS / USL

Nashville’s first pre-season will be here before you know it, and the team is starting to build their core. Report: Nashville SC acquire Dax McCarty, Dave Romney in separate trades | MLSsoccer.com

Carlos Vela is not just MLS MVP — he may be the best player in all of North America | MLSsoccer.com
LAFC’s Carlos Vela is not just MLS MVP — he may be the best player in all of North America.

Report: LA Galaxy looking to reunite Schelotto with Boca Juniors striker Mauro Zarate? | MLSsoccer.com
With the future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic undecided, the latest striker to be linked with a move to SoCal is Boca Juniors ace Mauro Zarate.

Why did USL soccer club only last two years in Fresno CA? | The Fresno Bee
The future of the USL in Fresno was promising with the launch of Fresno FC in 2017. 27 months later and unable to secure a stadium deal, the club folded. What happened?

Report: Domenec Torrent to leave NYCFC head coaching post this winter | MLSsoccer.com
Torrent is ready to call time on his New York City FC experience, according to a new ESPN report from two Barcelona-based journalists.

NWSL / Women’s soccer

Taylor Smith, out all year with a torn ACL, rediscovered herself with Reign FC – Equalizer Soccer ($)
Smith fell out of favor with the USWNT and struggled in NWSL in 2018. Then she tore her ACL while coming off federation contract; Reign FC invested in her knowing she wouldn’t play in 2019. Now, she says she’s in a better place mentally and physically.

Big bags of allocation money weren’t enough to keep Kerr stateside. Report: Sam Kerr Is Leaving Chicago - Hot Time In Old Town
The Red Stars striker is making her long-rumored move to Europe.

Not only will the pay be equal, but it will be linked to the pool of revenue brought in by both teams. Matildas set to earn same as Socceroos in world-first pay deal
The Matildas and the Socceroos will earn the same pay packets after agreeing to a world-first pay deal.

US soccer

Who could make up the November roster for the USMNT? - Stars and Stripes FC
They think Cristian and Jordan will both be included.

The Reign have another coaching hole to fill going into 2020. Andonovski brings Milan Ivanovic onboard as USWNT assistant coach - Stars and Stripes FC
Ivanovic worked with Andonovksi at FC Kansas City and Reign FC.

World soccer

At one point Ajax were up 3-1, despite having only one shot on goal. Chelsea 4-4 Ajax, Champions League: Post-match reaction, ratings | We Ain’t Got No History
WE HAVE NO IDEA EITHER

Surely the solution to this bad implementation is to make it more byzantine! Premier League to debate radical changes to VAR, including giving managers the right to appeal | The Telegraph
Premier League clubs will discuss whether managers should be allowed to appeal a refereeing decision during a game in a potentially radical change to how VAR is used.

VAR: Referees are in sheer panic at video decisions, says Chris Sutton - BBC Sport
Premier League referees are in “sheer panic” at how the video assistant referee system is being used, says Chris Sutton.

Emiliano Sala: Cardiff City face FIFA transfer ban over fee dispute - BBC Sport
FIFA tells Cardiff City they face a ban on signing players for three transfer windows in the dispute over the transfer of striker Emiliano Sala.

Gaetan Coucke: From Champions League ball boy to Champions League keeper - BBC Sport
From ball boy to first-choice goalkeeper — Genk’s “chilled out” Gaetan Coucke on his rise through the ranks.

Nicklas Bendtner: ‘Henry tells me to shut up. I shout back that he should shut up’ | Football | The Guardian
In an exclusive extract from his new book, the Dane describes hiding in the ladies’ toilet at the Arsenal academy, a bust-up with Henry and enjoying the nightlife with his agent

They can’t figure out racism, but at least the punishment is clear if you take the Lord’s name in vain. Serie A blasphemy bans: Francesco Magnanelli & Matteo Scozzarella suspended - BBC Sport
Sassuolo’s Francesco Magnanelli and Parma’s Matteo Scozzarella are given one-match bans for blasphemy during Serie A matches.

Speaking of racism, Italy’s having one hell of a week. Soccer team to wear blackface in extremely bad anti-racism protest - SBNation.com
PSA: There is no good reason to wear blackface

Granit Xhaka stripped of Arsenal captaincy amid controversy
Arsenal midfielder has been stripped of his captaincy, Gunners manager Unai Emery has confirmed on Tuesday.

Liverpool will use two squads for Carabao and FIFA Club World Cup due to clash
Liverpool have announce they will use two squads as progression in the Carabao Cup meant a clash with the FIFA Club World Cup.

Osasuna film festival offers players a view to a thrill and unique bond | The Guardian
Osasuna, with not much money but spirit to burn, are using footage of fan power to drive their return to La Liga.

What’s on TV?

7:50 AM: Vitória Guimarães vs. Arsenal (Europa League) — B/R Live

9:55 AM: Bayern Munich vs. Olympiakos Piraeus (UEFA Champions League) — Galavision, B/R Live

9:55 AM: Lokomotiv Moskva vs. Juventus (UEFA Champions League) — TUDN, B/R Live

11:30 AM: Japan vs. Mexico (U-17 Men’s World Cup) — FS2

12:00 PM: PSG vs. Club Brugge (UEFA Champions League) — B/R Life

12:00 PM: Real Madrid vs. Galatasaray (UEFA Champions League) — TUDN, B/R Live

12:00 PM: Crvena Zvezda vs. Tottenham Hotspur (UEFA Champions League) — B/R Live

12:00 PM: Dinamo Zagreb vs. Shakhtar Donetsk (UEFA Champions League) — B/R Live

12:00 PM: Atalanta vs. Manchester City (UEFA Champions League) — B/R Live

12:00 PM: Bayern Leverkusen vs. Atlético Madrid (UEFA Champions League) — Galavision, B/R Live

5:00 PM: Celaya vs. Necaxa (Copa MX) — ESPN Deportes

5:00 PM: Pachuca vs. Atlas (Copa MX) — TUDN

7:00 PM: Santos Laguna vs. Guadalajara (Copa MX) — Fox Deportes