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MLS Playoff breakdown, a new NWSL team on the horizon, ref stops match due to homophobic chants and more.

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Once again there is VAR controversy but it’s not in the US. Carli Lloyd received NFL offer to kick field goals and ref in Brazil stops match due to homophobic chants.

Seattle

Jess Fishlock in her own words: Balancing my life as a sporting and gay icon - Wales Online. She's the nation's most capped player, she's WalesOnline's Pinc list... and she's not done yet

MLS

Who knew that playoffs were more important than being your crosstown rival. Galaxy enjoying unbeaten run vs. LAFC, but locked in on clinching playoffs | MLSsoccer.com. The LA Galaxy won another season series with LAFC and pushed their unbeaten streak against their crosstown rivals to five games — the entirety of the El Trafico derby — with Sunday night's 3-3 draw at Banc of California Stadium.

Take a look at how the playoff picture is looking. How's the MLS playoff picture looking? 538's latest predictions shed light | MLSsoccer.com. With Heineken Rivalry Week in the books, new playoff projections from FiveThirtyEight are out for all 24 Major League Soccer clubs.

A Soccer Game Becomes an Anti-Fascist Demonstration in Portland | The Nation
The Portland Timbers soccer fans defied Major League Soccer, team ownership, and fascism in one glorious night.

NWSL/Women’s Soccer

She’s probably right. Lloyd believes women could be kickers in NFL. Lloyd believes women could be kickers in NFL.

She’s proved she can kick a field goal but could she do it under pressure? Carli Lloyd received an offer from an NFL team to kick in preseason game. Carli Lloyd has been offered the chance to make history by becoming the first woman to play in a National Football League preseason game.

This is cool. Farm on Sauvie Island dedicates corn maze to U.S. Women's soccer team and equal pay | KATU. The corn maze at Bella Organic Farm opens Saturday on Sauvie Island and the design is already getting some attention, with a theme dedicated to the USWNT and their fight for equal pay.

Who is Catarina Macario? Read about her. I’m so excited about Catarina Macario’s USWNT future - SBNation.com. The USWNT’s biggest prospect won’t be allowed to suit up for the team until 2021, but she’s wrecking college soccer right now.

We could see a tenth NWSL team. Atlanta United reportedly in discussions with NWSL for expansion franchise - Dirty South Soccer
Another hint surfaces that NWSL is coming to Atlanta.

World

Where there’s VAR, there’s controversy. New handball rules leading to more criticism of VAR in Germany – ProSoccerTalk. Newly implemented handball rules are causing confusion and leading to renewed criticism of the video assistant referee.

See, I told you. Serie A returns with goals, VAR controversy and Sinisa Mihajlovic | Nicky Bandini | Football | The Guardian
There was a shoot-out between Fiorentina and Napoli, while Bologna’s manager made the bench from hospital

This could get interesting. Third team appeals loss to Hamburg over refugee player’s identity – ProSoccerTalk. Bakery Jatta, the first refugee to play in the Bundesliga, is the subject of a dispute regarding his identity.

Tottenham needs to get it together. Tottenham are lacking unity and desire, admits Mauricio Pochettino | Football | The Guardian. Tottenham’s manager, Mauricio Pochettino admitted his side lacked unity and desire after their 1-0 home defeat by Newcastle in the Premier League.

Hopefully for Liverpool fans, this isn’t anytime soon. Jürgen Klopp says he will take year's break when he leaves Liverpool | Football | The Guardian. Jürgen Klopp has said he expects to take a break from coaching to recharge his batteries when he leaves Liverpool.

More money coming to Ligue 1. Nice: British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe's Ineos buys Ligue 1 club - BBC Sport
French Ligue 1 club Nice is bought by Ineos, the chemical company founded by British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

This is an interesting idea. Ian Wright: Penalty-takers should be decided before the game - BBC Sport. Penalty-takers "need to be decided before the game", according to former Arsenal striker Ian Wright.

Good for this ref. Brazilian ref becomes second to stop game for homophobic chanting – ProSoccerTalk. It's the second instance of a game being stopped due to homophobic chanting by fans.

Sorry Bolton fans. Bolton on verge of league expulsion, liquidation – ProSoccerTalk. A club that started the Football League in 1888 may be expelled from it.

What’s on Today?

11:45 AM - Crewe Alexandra v. Aston Villa - Carabao League Cup - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Newport County v. West Ham United - Carabao League Cup - ESPN+

12:00 PM - Rosenborg v. Dinamo Zagreb - UEFA Champions League - B/R Live

5:00 PM - Atlanta United v. Minnesota United - US Open Cup Final - ESPN+

5:00 PM - Veracruz v. Queretaro - Liga MX - ESPN Deportes

5:00 PM - North Texas v. Tormenta - USL League One - ESPN+

7:00 PM - Tacoma Defiance v. Phoenix Rising - USL Championship - ESPN+

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