Champions League updates, Europa League action, what’s going on with the USSF-USWNT mediation, and much more. Oh and what Pulisic thinks about Chelsea’s chances after losses to Manchester United and Liverpool.
From phenom at Arsenal to middling with SKC, Zelalem has had an interesting path. Gedion Zelalem opens up about his long road from Arsenal to Sporting KC | MLSsoccer.com
Reggie Cannon doesn’t have a PhD and probably won’t win a Nobel Prize but his family members have PhDs and one won a Nobel Prize, they helped him be the player he is. How a Nobel Prize winner led Reggie Cannon to breakout success in Dallas
In a family of academic standouts, a Nobel Prize winner stands out, so Reggie Cannon heeded his grandfather's advice to chase his dreams in MLS.
More info on the newest MLS side. MLS Expansion Update: St. Louis is In, Detroit, Sacramento - The Blue Testament
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has multiple sourcing confirming St. Louis are into MLS.
Who is jumping past the Sounders as they fall? MLS Playoff Picture: LAFC are the clear favorites for MLS Cup but who else has a chance? | ESPN
Sounders have dropped to "on the bubble."
The striker is on loan from LAFC. CENTRAL AMERICAN STAR STRIKER RODOLFO ZELAYA ARRIVES AT LIGHTS FC
He must be a Ferrari. Ibra: Pavon too good for MLS, won't be here long
LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said new signing Cristian Pavon is "too good" for MLS and that he will not stay in the U.S. for long.
Free is great but I do expect to pay, and would, to watch women’s soccer. Paying for women’s football shouldn’t be an alien concept - All For XI
I like a freebie as much as the next person but, where’s the self-worth?
I hope Pulisic does well at Chelsea. I also hope Chelsea finishes last in the PL. So.... toss ups. Pulisic feels Chelsea on right path despite ‘harsh’ results against Liverpool and Manchester United - We Ain't Got No History
Why is mediation breaking down? Oh because USSF isn’t getting close to the bare minimum that the USWNT deserves and demands. 'We won't accept anything less': Megan Rapinoe firm as equal pay talks break down | Football | The Guardian
Megan Rapinoe and Christen Press say the onus is on their employers after mediation talks between the US women’s national team and US Soccer broke down on Wednesday night.
A win is a big loss and a loss is a financial loss but a PR win. Why U.S. Soccer loses its equal pay case against the USWNT either way - SBNation.com
U.S. Soccer might have a strong legal case in the equal pay lawsuit, but the benefits of having the USWNT as its happiest employees outweighs any costs.
Could another dual-national be on the way out? Source: Chile approach U.S. youth Soto over switch
U.S youth international and Hannover 96 forward Sebastian Soto has been contacted by Chile manager Reinaldo Rueda, according to an ESPN FC source.
Go Tottenham! Stop the Man City runaway train. Why a Man City win over Spurs could quash the Premier League title race before it starts
The 2019-20 Premier League is only in its infant stages but a Man City win on Matchday 2 could set them well on their way to a third straight title.
Accuser's attorneys stymied cops in Ronaldo case
Detectives claimed uncooperative attorneys were one reason Cristiano Ronaldo was not prosecuted for sexual assault, according to emails.
Wolves may struggle in the PL with having to balance the Europa League but they are at least continuing their run through the Europa League. UEL Roundup: Wolves thrash Pyunik, and more – ProSoccerTalk
It was another stellar performance from Wolves to advance in the Europa League.
Security threats or not, the two are back for the Gunners. Ozil, Kolasinac available for Arsenal – ProSoccerTalk
Arsenal will be able to count on Mesut Ozil and Saed Kolasinac this weekend against Burnley.
PSG’s Leonardo: “Neymar made mistakes” – ProSoccerTalk
In an interview, PSG sporting director Leonardo admitted that Neymar has made some mistakes, which has drawn the ire of PSG's ultras.
Since Neymar made mistakes, or whatever the reason, he is willing to leave the French capital while taking a pay cut. Neymar: PSG forward ‘would take 15m euros pay cut’ to rejoin Barcelona - BBC Sport
Neymar would take a pay cut of 15 million euros (£13.7m) to rejoin Barcelona from Paris St-Germain, says BBC Radio 5 Live’s Guillem Balague.
The abuse led to QPR’s U-18 squad to abandon the match. Soccer federation to investigate racist abuse in Spain – ProSoccerTalk
Soccer officials in Spain say they will investigate the alleged racist abuse that led an English team to abandon a game in protest.
Bernardo Silva on Manchester City & old WhatsApp group - in wide-ranging BBC interview - BBC Sport
In a wide-ranging interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, Bernardo Silva talks about being Rui Costa's ball boy, his family's split loyalties and life in "rainy" Manchester.
The coaching staff may have had some drinks before talking to the players after their World Cup elimination. Shelley Kerr: Scotland head coach regrets tearful team meeting - BBC Sport
Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr admits she would "do things differently" in hindsight after players were reduced to tears at a meeting the day after they were knocked out of the World Cup.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel: Basel striker diagnosed with brain aneurysm after concussion scans - BBC Sport
Basel striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is undergoing treatment for a brain aneurysm that was only discovered after he had scans following a concussion.
Pro/Rel for the Champions League would’ve prevented last year’s semi-finalist’s, Ajax, from even making the tournament. UEFA president postpones talks over revamped Champions League
The proposed promotion/relegation model has come under heavy fire.
The VAR headaches at the Women’s World Cup won’t happen in UEFA play. UEFA Clarify VAR Rules For Penalty After Adrian’s Controversial Save - The Liverpool Offside
They apparently saw the error of their ways.
The Women’s lists are also in the article. My guess would be Ada Hegerberg. Shortlist Announced: Messi, Ronaldo, Or Virgil Van Dijk Will Be UEFA Men's Player Of The Year
The shortlists for 7 major UEFA awards have been announced. Liverpool could, like Real Madrid last season, complete a sweep of all 4 position awards.
The players aren’t sticking to soccer, good. How Premier League footballers got woke | Football | The Guardian
Once renowned for luxury lifestyles and bad behaviour, players are speaking out on big issues from mental health to politics.
The club may be expelled from the EFL if they can’t find some funding. Bury MP urges Manchester giants to help club after fifth game suspended | Football | The Guardian
Ivan Lewis has urged Manchester United and City to ‘step up to the plate’ and help struggling neighbours Bury.
What’s on Today?
Beach Soccer on ESPN+ ran from 12:00 a.m. and kicked off approximately every 90 minutes, still two left at 7:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. The rest are on replay on ESPN+, eight total games.
11:30 a.m. - Bundesliga - Bayern Munich v. Hertha BSC - Fox Sports 2
11:30 a.m. - Belgian First Division - Club Brugge v. AS Eupen - B/R Live
4:30 p.m. - USL Championship - Atlanta United II v. Swope Park Rangers - ESPN+
4:30 p.m. - USL League One - Orlando City II v. Lansing Ignite - ESPN+
5:00 p.m. - Liga MX - Puebla v. Pachuca - ESPN Deportes
7:30 p.m. - USL Championship - Phoenix Rising v. Reno 1868 - ESPN+
7:30 p.m. - USL Championship - Fresno FC v. Real Monarchs - ESPN+
7:30 p.m. - USL Championship - Portland Timbers II v. OKC Energy - ESPN+