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Major Link Soccer: UEFA Champions League Draw

The draw is today and the pots are known.

SOCCER: JUL 19 Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

USMNT rosters are out for the upcoming matches, Wilmer Cabrera gets his first win in Canada, and tons of UEFA Champions League related news.

MLS

Changing coaches made an impact for the Impact. Montreal Impact 2, Vancouver Whitecaps 1 | 2019 MLS Match Recap | MLSsoccer.com
The Montreal Impact have their first win under new head coach Wilmer Cabrera.

Not a bad kicker, might as well draft him in a fantasy league now. NFL kicker Josh Lambo discusses why he was cut by FC Dallas | MLSsoccer.com
Josh Lambo is the first MLS player to become an NFL player.

I don’t really want him back at Manchester United but I do like him leaving the Galaxy. Zlatan open to Man United return – ProSoccerTalk
"I could play easy in the Premier League, so if United needs me, I'm here."

Moving on.... Five quick thoughts on Atlanta United winning the 2019 U.S. Open Cup - Dirty South Soccer
What a club.

Article starts with Carlos Vela leaving the match against the Galaxy and then plenty of more fun tantrums. Player substitution tantrums is one of soccer’s greatest joys - SBNation.com
Petulant soccer players are always funny.

NWSL

Washington Spirit ‘thinking bigger’ after Audi Field sell out - Black And Red United
The Spirit want Saturday’s atmosphere to become the norm.

Sellouts and sponsors, what could be better? Washington Spirit flex sponsorship muscles during first Audi Field match after the World Cup - Washington Business Journal

USA

Q&A With Gregg Berhalter On September USMNT Roster
On Wednesday, U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter named a 26-player roster for USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T, on Sept 6 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. and USA-Uruguay on Sept. 10 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

I wonder if he knew about this when he took the job. Or even more so, ever have experience on playing through an international window? Hmmm... did he coach in MLS ever? Berhalter 'disappointed' by MLS FIFA window games
U.S. manager Gregg Berhalter said he is "a little bit disappointed" at MLS teams playing in the international window.

Cristian Roldan doesn’t have to be on this list...because he got a call-up...while the Sounders have a game. Seltzer: Top 5 USMNT roster snubs for September friendlies | MLSsoccer.com
Not including Darlington Nagbe who pulled out by choice.

Darlington Nagbe reportedly declined recent USMNT callups - Stars and Stripes FC
Well, that answers that question.

World

FOOTBALL IS SAVED!! Bolton Wanderers: Football Ventures completes takeover to save League One club - BBC Sport
Bolton Wanderers' survival is secured as Football Ventures (Whites) Limited completes its protracted takeover of the club.

Unfortunately not all news is good as Bury wasn’t saved. Bury FC: EFL need to learn lessons, says Debbie Jevans - BBC Sport
The English Football League must learn lessons and make changes in the wakes of Bury’s expulsion, says EFL executive chair Debbie Jevans.

Well that is unfortunate for them. Veracruz’s winless run extends to 33 games – ProSoccerTalk
Move over Derby County, the worst streak for games without a win now belongs to a Mexican team.

England is a very good team that should push for the finals at Euro 2021, but have to qualify first. Women's Football: Five questions for 'frustrated' England - BBC Sport
Just 54 days after playing what Phil Neville called a "nonsense" third-place play-off at the World Cup, England begin their quest to conquer Euro 2021.

He failed to provide the sample after being stopped for “drink-driving,” Ex-footballer Dean Saunders jailed for failing to provide breath sample | UK news | The Guardian
Former Liverpool striker sentenced to 10 weeks after pleading guilty to two charges.

Liverpool denies this. Liverpool deny ‘mentally bullying’ young striker Bobby Duncan | Football | The Guardian
Liverpool have been accused of ‘mentally bullying’ Bobby Duncan by the 18-year-old’s agent and holding the player against his will after rejecting two loan offers.

Liverpool ‘disappointed’ at Duncan agent’s claims
Liverpool have registered their disappointment at “unfounded allegations” released in a statement by Bobby Duncan’s agent, Saif Rubie.

Seems like a smart reaction....or not... Rangers to decline away tickets amid threat of Uefa stadium closure | Football | The Guardian
Rangers have told Uefa chiefs they will not take up their ticket allocation for their next European trip in a bid to stave off a potential full stadium closure, the club has announced.

Rangers are not the only club with issues that involve away tickets, but these clubs are more about being able to have their fans attend finals. Also I do recognize how weird it is for Arsenal fans to talk about the Champions League Final, since they won’t be in one for a while. Fans take Uefa to task over final tickets and hosts’ poor human-rights records | Football | The Guardian
A coalition of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham supporter groups has called on Uefa to improve fans’ experience of finals

Three finals in a row will be very hard for Klopp and Co. Jürgen Klopp says Champions League has never been stronger | Football | The Guardian
Jürgen Klopp has cast doubt on Liverpool’s chances of retaining the Champions League and says another season of English domination was unlikely because the competition has never been stronger.

What is going to happen with the Danish midfielder, no one knows. Tottenham remain in the dark over Eriksen after agent and Levy fall out | Football | The Guardian
Tottenham Hotspur are in the dark over the future of Christian Eriksen following a breakdown in the relationship between the player’s agent and club chairman, Daniel Levy

What pot is your team in? Champions League group-stage draw pots set
The pots for the Champions League group-stage draw have been finalised after the conclusion of the final qualifying round ties on Wednesday.

League Cup draw: Man City, Liverpool, Spurs drawn away in 3rd round – ProSoccerTalk
League Cup holders Man City, and Premier League title chasers Liverpool, were drawn away to lower-division sides in the third round.

Both clubs are doing great things! Fans of Dortmund, Burnley share UEFA’s annual diversity award – ProSoccerTalk
Borussia Dortmund was praised for "tackling far-right infiltration of their fan base and challenging everyday racism."

Speaking of great things, so is this ref! Referee stops Ligue 1 game for removal of homophobic banners – ProSoccerTalk
Referee Clement Turpin stopped Wednesday's Ligue 1 game between Nice and Marseille due to homophobic banners in the stands.

What’s on Today?

8:30 AM - UEFA Champions League Group Stages Draw - B/R Live

10:00 AM - UEFA Europa League - Zorya v. Espanyol - B/R Live

10:30 AM - UEFA Europa League - Antwerp v. AZ Alkmaar - B/R Live

11:30 AM - NCAA Soccer - Boston College v. Quinnipiac - ESPN App, ACC Network

11:45 AM - UEFA Europa League - Rangers v. Legia Warszawa - B/R Live

4:00 PM - International Friendly - USWNT v. Portugal - FS1

4:00 PM - NCAA Soccer - New Hampshire v. Boston University - ESPN3

7:00 PM - Liga MX - Monterrey v. Pumas UNAM - FS2

From 2:30 PM till 7:00 PM NCAA Women’s Soccer is kicking off across the country (24 total games) on ESPN+, ACC Network, and the PAC-12 Network.

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