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Major Link Soccer: A good weekend for setting records in MLS and NWSL

Not such a great weekend for Seattle teams looking to make a playoff push.

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MLS: Atlanta United FC at Portland Timbers
Josef Martinez can’t stop scoring
Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Two Seattle teams had good opportunities to get three points on the road, but only came home with one. Elsewhere a number of records fell in American soccer, milestones were hit, and USMNT players had a bit of a mixed bag in Europe over the weekend.

Seattle

Reign FC faced Sky Blue FC in front of a record crowd at Red Bull Arena on Sunday morning. They left with a point, but may regret not going home with all three. Reign FC Take Road Point From Sky Blue FC — REIGN FC: THE BOLD

Inside a week of preparation with the Sounders’ assistant coaches – The Athletic ($)
The Sounders' four assistants have varying backgrounds and views on the game, and all are evident in the Sounders' preparation.

Marlon Vargas's First Goal Was the Game-Winner
Marlon Vargas scored his first professional goal on August 9, 2019.It wasn’t just his first. It was a game-winner.

MLS/USL

Chris Wondolowski may be haunted by his miss against Belgium, and he may not get the attention that he once garnered or the playing time he once commanded, but he still hasn’t stopped scoring. Chris Wondolowski nets at least 10 goals for 10th straight season | MLSsoccer.com

Speaking of milestones and records: Carlos Vela breaks MLS single-season goals & assists record - Angels on Parade
LAFC star has had most productive season ever.

Atlanta United did us all a favor and beat Portland on Sunday night. In the course of that victory, Josef Martinez extended his scoring streak to 11 straight games. Portland Timbers 0, Atlanta United 2 | 2019 MLS Match Recap | MLSsoccer.com

Atlanta boss regrets 'ridiculous' pay equity remark | ESPN
Atlanta United coach Frank de Boer said he regrets calling it ridiculous for women to earn the same money as men at the World Cup.

With the league insistent on kicking people out of stadiums for opposing fascism, it’s worth looking at the how and why of it all. How MLS Gets Politics so Wrong – FiftyFive.One

MNUFC partners with Eagan, MN based Sun Country Airlines to get fans to USOC Final in Atlanta. - E Pluribus Loonum
Minnesota United FC has partnered with Sun Country Airlines for a charter flight to the US Open Cup Final in Atlanta.

Bobby Warshaw types fewer words than usual as he encapsulates the weekend’s action in one column. He probably rightly suggests the Sounders do some soul-searching.. Warshaw: Quick-hit observations from the Week 24 Saturday slate | MLSsoccer.com

LAFC officially clinch spot in 2019 MLS Playoffs - Angels on Parade
But hopefully it’s just the beginning.

Having finally worked his way into the first team with NYCFC, the team’s first Homegrown Player gets a tough break (I’m not sorry for that choice of words). NYCFC Homegrown defender James Sands suffers broken collarbone | MLSsoccer.com

Maybe it is that he’s not an American international, and so the league doesn’t value him appropriately. Fighting with teammates might be part of the problem, too, though. Kei Kamara: Maybe if I was a US striker, I wouldn't change teams so often | MLSsoccer.com

A nice moment for one of the most unlikable men in MLS.

If this is the Wayne Rooney we’re going to get until he leaves for Derby County, I’m all for it.

NWSL

Women's World Football Show Episode 152, hosted by Patty La Bella
This episode features exclusive interviews with Jodie Taylor of England WNT and Reign FC; Jen O’Neill of SheKicks Women’s Football Magazine; and Jill Ellis of USWNT.

They certainly didn’t do the Reign any favors. Are Sky Blue going to ruin your team’s playoff chances? - All For XI
[shakes magic 8 ball] SIGNS POINT TO YES

USA

Hey, Christian Pulisic got a start and had some promising moments in Chelsea’s first game at Stamford Bridge! Lampard: ‘We need more personality’ – ProSoccerTalk
Lampard "not happy" with Chelsea's second half, as Blues falter after another fast start.

Maybe if Chelsea are bad, Pulisic will play more? Lampard: Chelsea one-quarter good, three-quarters bad against Leicester City - We Ain't Got No History
Chelsea play exactly like Lampard wants, then don’t play at all like Lampard wants

Steffen’s strong performance is a good sign for US fans, and a series of injuries to every player in front of him could be a good sign for Josh Sargent. USMNT News: Zack Steffen shines in Dusseldorf’s Bundesliga opener
The USMNT goalkeeper made eight saves to lead Fortuna Dusseldorf to an upset win on the road against Josh Sargent and Werder Bremen.

Staying in touch can’t hurt, and it seems like the actual least that US Soccer could do. The USMNT needs to communicate better with youth dual nationals - Stars and Stripes FC
U.S. Soccer shouldn't lose players because they can’t pick up the phone.

The US team’s dispute over pay is a fight for women all over the world | The Guardian
The US Women’s National Team remains embroiled in a bitter row with US Soccer. The final outcome will affect every woman

World

Ada Hegerberg talks about decision to skip Women’s World Cup - The Washington Post
Ada Hegerberg, the Norwegian who was named World Player of the Year in 2018, sat out over frustration with her country's investment in the women's game. "Hopefully, the next generation doesn’t have to do the same thing.”

French second-division game halted over homophobic chanting – ProSoccerTalk
France's sports minister said, "It's the first [time]. And last one, I hope."

Pep downplays Aguero row: I 'love him a lot'
Pep Guardiola has played down his touchline row with Sergio Aguero by insisting he still loves the Manchester City striker.

Now he can finally go to Margaritaville, or whatever beach he thought he was retiring to when he joined the LA Galaxy. Ashley Cole retires from football aged 38
Former England, Chelsea and Arsenal left-back Ashley Cole has retired at the age of 38.

Report: Alexis Sanchez pushing for Inter Milan loan – ProSoccerTalk
Sanchez reportedly wants to leave United in the final days of the European transfer window.

After VAR drama, does new handball law need to change? – ProSoccerTalk
Along with VAR, new IFAB rules over handball have caused plenty of confusion in the opening weeks of the new season.

Premier League handball: Is new rule spot-on or misguided? - BBC Sport
The intricacies of the new handball rule have got people angry and frustrated - but is it working correctly under the VAR system?

Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Zidane insists Bale will stay - BBC Sport
Zinedine Zidane says Gareth Bale 'will stay' at Real Madrid after he helped them to a 3-1 win over Celta Vigo in their La Liga opener.

Three die & Emilio Izaguirre among 10 injured in Honduras riots - BBC Sport
Three people are killed and former Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre is among those injured in violent clashes between fans in Honduras.

Yakou Meite: Reading striker calls out racist abuse - BBC Sport
Reading striker Yakou Meite has called out racist abuse sent to him on social media after Sunday's 3-0 win over Cardiff City.

What’s on Today?

Not a lot.

12:00 PM: English Premier League - Wolverhampton Wanderers v. Manchester United - NBCSN

4:00 PM: Liga MX Femenil - Club América v. Monarcas Morelia - TUDN (formerly Univision Deportes)

6:00 PM: Liga MX Femenil - Tigres UANL v. Puebla - TUDN

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