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Technical difficulties...or falling asleep...has these links being presented to you slightly late. Lots of things to read in the World section today.

Seattle

The former Sounder DP is now an assistant coach with Arsenal. Assessing the Freddie Ljungberg effect - The Short Fuse
The Arsenal legend is helping with the transition of Academy players to the first team.

Sorry about the paywall but Rapinoe is always worth sharing. Megan Rapinoe on transforming from activist to icon – The Athletic ($)
'I’ve been saying all these things for all this time, it’s just at an elevated level'.

Opinion: New to the game - The Seattle Collegian

MLS

Not the Sounders?? Report: Luis Suarez Open To MLS Move With Inter Miami | beIN SPORTS
David Beckham's Inter Miami have been linked with Luis Suarez and the Uruguayan Barcelona striker is reportedly interested in finishing his career in MLS.

The lone major North American sports league to ban political statements inside stadiums is finding enforcement isn’t so simple. MLS and Antifa: America’s top flight grapples with political signage ban | Football | The Guardian

NWSL

Sam Kerr is one of the best players in the World. 'Kerr decision a turning point in women's football' - FTBL | The home of football in Australia - The Women's Game - Australia's Home of Women's Sport News

After World Cup boost, women's pro soccer hopes to keep the momentum
Every member of the U.S. Women’s National Team plays in the National Women’s Soccer League, which has seen a surge in attendance since the 2019 World Cup.

USA

U.S. to kick off Nations League vs. Cuba in D.C.
The United States will play its inaugural CONCACAF Nations League match against Cuba at Audi Field in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 11.

Over-hyping is natural and but that is the problem. Hyping USMNT prospects hides the problems that plague US Soccer - Stars and Stripes FC
The team needs more than just a few more good players.

World

Looks like no MLS for the former Liverpool man. Daniel Sturridge signs for Trabzonspor – ProSoccerTalk
Sturridge moves to Turkey after seven years at Liverpool.

Most of the recent issues stemmed from the missed PK against Wolves. Paul Pogba racist abuse: Twitter to meet Man Utd and Kick It Out - BBC Sport
Twitter will meet Manchester United and Kick It Out following online racist abuse directed at Paul Pogba.

Mata slams ‘cowardly’ racist abuse toward Pogba
Juan Mata has hit back at the “cowardly” individuals who racially abused Manchester United teammate Paul Pogba on social media after Monday’s match.

Juventus: Serie A champions call for earlier kick-offs for Asian market - BBC Sport
Italian champions Juventus want Serie A to schedule more league matches earlier in the day to help the club grow in Asia.

Iranian government criticised as women stadium entry deadline looms - BBC Sport
As Iran's football league season begins, the government is criticised for not having guaranteed the attendance of women at matches.

Bury needs help financially and it will need to happen soon for the club to survive. Bury are an extension of family, losing them would devastate a community | James Bentley | Football | The Guardian
Two bad owners have driven Bury to the brink, but a club is more than its owners and it should not be allowed to die.

Kevin MacDonald leaves Aston Villa following bullying investigation | Football | The Guardian
Kevin MacDonald has left his job as Aston Villa’s head of football development following an investigation into the bullying of players.

Knowing the Premier League, it will probably be a betting company. Already loving VAR? Wait until the Premier League finds a sponsor for it | Marina Hyde | Football | The Guardian
Despite the Premier League’s problems finding a new chief executive, rest assured the lucrative sponsorship of the new on-screen pregnant pause will be a far easier position to fill.

Brexit the reason for the handball rule? Nope. 'I'm not that stupid': Ian Holloway denies blaming EU for new handball rule | Football | The Guardian
Holloway has tried to clarify his comments, saying he was making an analogy about ‘being told what to do by people who aren’t running their country’.

No wins in league with Kompany as a manager, so day of he will be an assistant. theScore - Kompany changes matchday role at Anderlecht after poor start
Kompany changes matchday role at Anderlecht after poor start.

Problem solved. Report: Rashford named Man United penalty kick taker – ProSoccerTalk
Red Devils boss reportedly fuming at both players after penalty debacle at Wolves.

The English DNA: No better, no worse – Equalizer Soccer

UK's richest man given green light to buy Nice
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the richest man in the UK, has been given the final authorisation to complete his takeover of French football club Nice.

He moved for about 112m Euro about 13 months ago. Ronaldo: I'd be worth €300m in today's market
Cristiano Ronaldo has suggested figures paid nowadays in football have got out of hand and the value of a player of his calibre is €300m.

Nothing is safe. Angry Veracruz fans hack president's Twitter
Mexican side Veracruz confirmed the Twitter account of club president Fidel Kuri Grajales was hacked by a group of angry supporters on Tuesday.

Five biggest surprise players in PL – ProSoccerTalk
Which players have surprised us all in the opening weeks of the new season?

Champions League qualifying wrap: Thriller in Switzerland – ProSoccerTalk
Canadian national team goalkeeper Milan Borjan was busy for Red Star Belgrade against BSC Young Boys.

Easy matches for those two to get their feet wet in international soccer. Report: Mount, Maddison earn England call-ups – ProSoccerTalk
England will be heavily favored in its first two EURO qualifiers, at home to Bulgaria and Kosovo.

To paraphrase the Simpson’s Movie “Worst year of your life so far.” Ronaldo says 2018 ‘probably worst year’ of his life – ProSoccerTalk
Ronaldo says the rape allegation against him was an attack on his honor and led to one of the worst years of his life.

FIFA allows Iraq to host 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers home matches in Basra | FOX Sports Asia
FIFA has finally given Iraq Football Association the permission to host their home matches in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers inside the country.

What’s on Today?

6:30 PM - MLS - Sporting Kansas City v. Minnesota United - ESPN

Plenty of UEFA Europa League on but none via B/R Report this time.

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