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Euro players are called in on the preliminary list for upcoming USMNT matches.

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Imagine being Leo Messi, would you leave Barcelona? The MLSPA may go on strike. The Ottawa Fury are shutting down. And much much more.

Seattle

We all know he will be in Seattle when he comes to MLS so when will it be. Nico Lodeiro: Barcelona's Luis Suarez will move to MLS, "it's only a matter of time" | MLSsoccer.com
Seattle Sounders star Nico Lodeiro has long sought to bring his Uruguay compatriot Luis Suarez to MLS.

Always fun to hear what new owners have to say. Satya Nadella and other Sounders owners on how they’ve applied lessons from sports to business – GeekWire

MLS Cup

Still leaves Vanney with the decision of Omar Gonzalez or Laurent Ciman on the backline. Toronto's Gonzalez fit for MLS Cup, Altidore's availability less certain
Toronto manager Greg Vanney says Omar Gonzalez is "physically ready" to play in Sunday's MLS Cup final, but Jozy Altidore's fitness is less certain.

I do appreciate what he has done in his career but I think his end of career contributions have been overblown. Wiebe: Toronto FC's Michael Bradley is special, and MLS fans should appreciate him | MLSsoccer.com
Andrew Wiebe traces Michael Bradley's distinguished career and argues the Toronto FC star should be more appreciated.

If you are reading this, you don’t have this problem (probably), but read how others are being told to root in the final. MLS Cup: Three reasons to root for the Seattle Sounders or Toronto FC | MLSsoccer.com
When your team is eliminated from the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, the rest of the march to MLS Cup is always a little awkward.

MLS/USL

Unclear how close players are needing to strike, but if they need to, they will. MLS union boss - Players would strike if no acceptable new deal
The head of the Major League Soccer Players Association said players are prepared to strike if they can't negotiate an acceptable CBA.

The former Sounder is doing a lot to give back to Uganda. Chicago Fire midfielder Micheal Azira's journey from Uganda to MLS and back | MLSsoccer.com
Chicago Fire midfielder Micheal Azira overcame the odds to make a career in MLS, and now he's trying to give back to his native Uganda.

NWSL teams are starting to have academies and now the USL is promoting women’s academies as well. USL To Launch Complementary Women's Pathway Through USL Academy

After not joining the Canadian Premier League and sticking with the USL, the Ottawa Fury are shutting down. Breaking: Ottawa Fury expected to suspend operations | Ottawa Citizen
What has been a bad week for The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group keeps getting worse. It’s expected that OSEG will announce at a Friday morning press conference that the Ottawa Fury FC will suspend operations.

MLS is growing in stature abroad. From Atlanta to Zlatan: foreign players on the lure of MLS | Football | The Guardian
As the league prepares for the MLS Cup final, we spoke to five European players to understand how US soccer compares to the their careers back home.

Sports teams are notoriously poor investments when looked at in short-term value but they can provide massive returns, like 21% annual rate of return for the Chiacgo Fire vs. 6% in the same period of the S&P. CBA Talk: Why it's so good to own a sports team — American Soccer Analysis

USA

Well at least the venues are good for winter weather, normally. Venues and opponents set for USWNT at Concacaf Olympic qualifying - Stars and Stripes FC
Texas and LA in winter.

No Sounder related players and I do not get it. U-23 USMNT Continues Olympic Qualifying Preparations at United International Football Festival
U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Jason Kreis has called 24 players to the United International Football Festival in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. The U.S. will face Brazil on Thursday, Nov. 14 and then play Argentina or Chile in the final or third-place match of the four-team tournament on Sunday, Nov. 17.

The US started very hot and then cooled off but still a good first match for Vlatko. Carli Lloyd, Casey Short make big cases for themselves in USA’s 3-2 win over Sweden - Stars and Stripes FC
Vlatko’s first test? At least a solid B, B plus.

Sergino Dest and Christian Pulisic both were called in. Nine European-based players added to USMNT roster - Stars and Stripes FC
The full roster will be unveiled on Monday, while some will join the U-23s.

The Reign and USWNT legend (yes already legend status) talked with English radio about the fight for equality. Megan Rapinoe's fight for equality - BBC News
One of sport's biggest names talks racism, equal pay and LGBT rights with Radio 1 Newsbeat.

A very very interesting article and story from a former top runner and how things went wrong. Opinion | I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike - The New York Times
Mary Cain’s male coaches were convinced she had to get “thinner, and thinner, and thinner.” Then her body started breaking down.

World

Boot to the head is NEVER good and this concussion is bad. Kenan Bajric concussion 'quite serious' after Raul Jimenez collision against Wolves - BBC Sport
Slovan Bratislava coach Jan Kozak says defender Kenan Bajric has concussion after a kick to the head by Wolves striker Raul Jimenez in Thursday's Europa League tie.

The former player was 48 when he was killed during the 2016 incident. A second officer was charged with assault. Dalian Atkinson: Police officer charged with footballer murder - BBC News
The unnamed officer is accused of killing former Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson who was tasered.

A very real concern for the Citizens. Manchester City fear repeat of bus attack after message to Liverpool fans | Football | The Guardian
Manchester City have sought assurances from Liverpool of a safe passage to Anfield for Sunday’s match

Why did Eric Dier never get on the field, it wasn’t injuries after all but an appendix issue for months. Eric Dier: ‘People said I was injured but I just kept on falling ill’ | Football | The Guardian
Tottenham’s Eric Dier tells David Hytner about the perforated appendix that laid him low for 11 months and left him in a downward spiral.

Fan rep was abused by other fans...This is not a good look for Hibernian fans. Fans’ representative resigns from Hibernian board over ‘relentless abuse’ | Football | The Guardian
A female supporter representative has resigned from the board of Hibernian, citing ‘relentless’ abuse from fans of the Edinburgh club.

Can’t play if the players are not on the field. Macclesfield battling to end players' strike over wages before FA Cup tie | Football | The Guardian
Macclesfield are hopeful a settlement can be reached to prevent their first-round Cup tie against Kingstonian being cancelled because of a players’ strike.

Being an Italian in Italy does not always have benefits. Mario Balotelli on Verona abuse - 'Problem is that I am Italian'
Mario Balotelli says the racist abuse he suffered at Hellas Verona on Sunday was especially a "problem" because he's Italian.

Multiple supporters were injured when the bus was attacked which came after two fans were stabbed prior to the match. Celtic fans' bus ambushed in Rome after win over Lazio - BBC Sport
Several Celtic supporters have been attacked in Rome when a shuttle bus transporting them from the stadium broke down and was ambushed.

The summary of the study came out a little bit ago but here is the full study on concussions in soccer. Neurodegenerative Disease Mortality among Former Professional Soccer Players | NEJM
Abstract Background Neurodegenerative disorders have been reported in elite athletes who participated in contact sports.

If you were Messi, would you leave Barcelona? Ronaldo left Madrid, should you follow him to Italy? Or somewhere else? Lionel Messi and Barcelona at a crossroads: Should their greatest player leave next summer?
If you were Lionel Messi, would you be planning to leave Barcelona in the summer? Serious question. And if not, why not?

What’s on TV?

11:30 AM - Köln vs Hoffenheim - Bundesliga - FS2

11:30 AM - Zulte-Waregem vs Anderlecht - Belgian 1st Division - B/R Live

11:45 AM - Sassuolo v. Bologna - Serie A - ESPN+

11:55 AM - Dulwich Hamlet v. Carlisle United - ESPN+

12:00 PM - Norwich City v. Watford - English Premier League - NBCSports.com

1:45 PM - Cruz Azul v. Tijuana - LigaMX Femenil - TUDN

5:00 PM - Morelia v. Puebla - LigaMX - TUDN

7:00 PM - Veracruz v. Club America - LigaMX - ESPN Deportes

7:10 PM - Tijuana v. Monterrey - LigaMX - FS2

10:00 PM - Newcastle Jets v. Perth Glory - A-League - ESPN+

Men’s and Women’s College Soccer from 8 AM to 7 PM on ESPN+ and FoxSports.com