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Major Link Soccer: USSF and USWNT mediation has broken down

Two sides have reached an impasse already in the talks.

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St. Louis is getting an MLS side, Houston fired their coach, Sky Blue fired their coach, and the USWNT and USSF are net getting along in mediation.

MLS/USL

Cabrera is a pretty good coach, the issues in Houston weren’t because of him. BREAKING: Wilmer Cabrera has been let go of coaching duties - Dynamo Theory
Cabrera’s team has lost their last nine matches.

Though the club does seem to think the problem is related to the culture fit and they’ll address that with a new coach. Houston Dynamo ponder future as club start search for next head coach | MLSsoccer.com

Ibra seems to be getting help by not getting sent off when he’s definitely earned a red card already. Not sure what other help he needs. Ibra needs help from VAR in MLS - coach
Bruno Schelotto has said Zlatan Ibrahimovic needs help from VAR following a string of high profile incidents in Major League Soccer.

Shocker, TFC to another CanChamp final. Toronto FC 3, Ottawa Fury 0 | 2019 Canadian Championship Match Recap | MLSsoccer.com

Congrats to St. Louis, who should be announced next week. The club aims to join MLS in 2022. MLS to announce St. Louis as expansion team winner, sources say | Soccer | stltoday.com
League plans to announce St. Louis as expansion city on Tuesday, sources told the Post-Dispatch.

Spitting on a players is a BIG No-No. MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Mason Toye one extra game for spitting | MLSsoccer.com
Seattle also fined for mass confrontation

Official: Montreal Impact defender Zakaria Diallo transferring to Lens | MLSsoccer.com

Interesting if the club had already told Petke he would be back after his suspension before changing course to fire him. Petke admits poor judgment, says he signed agreement to continue coaching - RSL Soapbox
The former RSL coach claims he and the club had signed an agreement.

Not a great apology. Frank de Boer clarifies remarks and offers apology for distraction - Dirty South Soccer
Frank de Boer apologizes after Darren Eales distanced Atlanta United from the manager’s remarks on women’s compensation in soccer.

NWSL

One on one with Alyse LaHue: Finally, some positive signs for Sky Blue – Equalizer Soccer
There’s no denying that Sky Blue FC had a difficult year in 2018. However, over the past few months, momentum has slowly shifted in Sky Blue’s favor.

USA

Mediation Talks Between U.S. Women’s Team and U.S. Soccer Break Down - The New York Times
The sessions had offered hope that the sides could come to an agreement that would end the team’s federal gender discrimination suit.

USSF, USWNT reach mediation impasse over pay
The U.S. Soccer Federation and members of the women's national team reached an impasse Wednesday in attempts to mediate the dispute over equal pay.

World

A lot went right, but a lot went wrong in France. FIFA must learn from their mistakes in France when expanding the World Cup - All For XI
There were a lot of logistical snafus in France that shouldn’t be repeated if FIFA is at all willing to learn.

Yes, literally most valuable in terms of metal value for all the trophies. Bayern Munich has the most valuable trophy case in Europe - Bavarian Football Works
And it’s not even close!

Unclear how they were exposed but very likely from an issue with the planes exhaust. Sala plane exposed to carbon monoxide - AAIB
Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were exposed to harmful levels of carbon monoxide inside their before it crashed, the AAIB has confirmed.

The English winger is wanted by.... literally every team. Man Utd target Sancho won't stay forever - BVB
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has said that Manchester United target Jadon Sancho will eventually leave the club.

For a team that wanted to let Neymar go, PSG seem to be rejecting pretty fair offers. Neymar: Paris St-Germain reject Barcelona & Real Madrid bids for Brazil forward - BBC Sport
Barcelona and Real Madrid make unsuccessful offers for Paris St-Germain forward Neymar, according to BBC Radio 5 Live's Guillem Balague.

QPR back coach Paul Furlong for taking under-18 side off pitch after alleged racist taunts during friendly in Spain
Paul Furlong, the Queens Park Rangers Under-18s coach, was right to take his players off the pitch after they were allegedly subjected to racist taunts in a friendly in Seville last week, the club's chief executive, Lee Hoos, said yesterday.

Media

Univision for sale
After holding out for a big payday, Haim Saban and his private equity partners now are eager to sell the company.

Amazon’s Wheel of Time show has a cast of unknowns and big ambitions - The Verge
Amazon’s upcoming adaptation of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time novels has announced its cast for the books’ five central characters: Madeleine Madden as Egwene al’Vere, Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara, Barney Harris as Mat Cauthon, Zoë Robins as Nynaeve al’Meara, and Josha Stradowski as Rand al’Thor. But there’s still no release date.

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