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Barcelona are struggling to sell the attacker, Liverpool sold their training center, and plenty more soccer news from the weekend.

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You’ve probably seen some of what is in today’s links over the weekend, you may have not. You may have been camping until the Sounders kick-off. In any case, join us, talk with us, and forget about last night’s match with random soccer around the globe.


Sorry it is a pay article, but it is a cool article about Ruidiaz’s experience with Peru. Raúl Ruidíaz returns from ‘beautiful experience’ of Copa America final to boost Sounders – The Athletic ($)
Understated and flashy in equal measure, the striker leads by example

Is it time to replace the Dad Marshall mantra with Dad Schmetzer? Sounders' Handwalla Bwana praises club set-up as he looks for more minutes |
"The coaching staff is perfect because Brian Schmetzer is like a dad, he always cares and takes the young guys under his wing and try to make sure they get better.”

They definitely were there and some things did happen but ECS and the Sounders showed the better. Fans marching to Sounders match hear curses from people who pledge allegiance to Proud Boys organization | The Seattle Times
The marchers headed toward CenturyLink Field wore T-shirts with Iron Front symbols or raised scarves that read “Anti-Fascist.”

Time theft is bad, denying your employees money is bad. Workers reach $450,000 settlement with Pyramid Alehouse in Seattle – Washington Beer Blog
A King County Superior Court judge ruled that Independent Brewers United must pay $450K to current and former workers at the Pyramid Alehouse in Seattle.

You likely saw the statement linked over the weekend or on Twitter but in case you missed it, ECS and Gorilla FC are not alone. A joint statement from the Emerald City Supporters, Gorilla Football Club, and 107IST
The supporters groups are calling for MLS to remove the Iron Front flag from their list of banned symbols.


Over the weekend it went from, rejecting a $16m offer, to no deal was coming, to Pavon has arrived in LA to finish it up. Safe to say, the Galaxy are getting the Boca man. Confirmed: Cristian Pavón heading to Los Angeles - LAG Confidential
A deal is not yet complete however

Apparently, Venuto did not fix their offense. Vancouver Whitecaps FC mutually part ways with Lucas Venuto |

This is great for former Sounder, Tyson Wahl! Turns out, he’s been the academy head for a bit now. For Tyson Wahl and Austin FC's fledgling academy, the future starts now |
The former Sounder is Austin FC's academy general manager.

Prairie dogs carry the plague, oops. BUT THEY ARE CUTE ANIMALS, THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE THE PLAGUE. Rapids cancel fireworks show due to plague - Burgundy Wave

Might be behind The Athletic’s paywall, gives some good updates. CBA updates since it expires at the end of the January. One random sticking point, charters. Players want better travel between games. Mls notebook
MLS notebook: Updates on expansion candidates; CBA negotiations; more

Red Bulls' Long priced out of move - agent
The New York Red Bulls are determined to hang on to U.S. international defender Aaron Long, despite an improved offer from a French club.

He’s an interesting man. Ron Jans named Head Coach | FC Cincinnati

Jim Curtin backed his captain after the match. He said what needed to be said. Bedoya urges Congress to ‘do something’ about gun violence on FS1 - Brotherly Game
Comments come after mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. (Note: For once Bedoya said something I didn’t want to scream at him for.)

Boehm: Tribal Orlando gives All-Star reminder of the beautiful game's roots |
Even on a weeknight, they waited out a lightning delay and endured hours of light but steady rain to pack into Exploria Stadium for a match that involved only one of their beloved Lions.


If this happens, it will start in 2020 for the 2020-2021 season and be exclusively on ESPN+. The deal isn’t done, they may but some on TV, but the main goal is ESPN+ here. BREAKING: U.S. Bundesliga Broadcasting Rights Set to Go To ESPN + - Bavarian Football Works
The move will bring the league onto the Worldwide Leader’s subscription based service

The USMNT could lose another good youth international. Mexico is better, but the US needs to be communicating more with young players to show them they are valued. Mexico chief meets with US Galaxy youth Araujo
Mexican Football Federation sporting director Gerardo Torrado visited dual international Julian Araujo at Galaxy training on Tuesday.

This is the end. FREE BIRD - Every Day Should Be Saturday

Every Day Should Be Saturday shuts down after over a decade
Every Day Should Be Saturday has been a big part of college football since 2005, but is now closing. SB Nation seems to have a new CFB project in the works.

Whatever happened to Villanova basketball star Shelly Pennefather? 'So I made this deal with God.'
She left her family, friends and basketball career to become a cloistered nun. Now, more than two decades later, Sister Rose Marie reaffirms her choice of faith over fortune.


IT IS GROWING! They will need to reopen bidding with the larger games. FIFA Women's World Cup 2019™ - News - FIFA Council unanimously approves the expansion of the FIFA Women’s World Cup to 32 teams -
Keep up to date with all the latest news from FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™

All the men’s, women’s, and coaching awards are in here. Who do you have winning? Best Fifa Football Awards 2019: Liverpool trio nominated for men's award - BBC Sport
Liverpool trio Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Tottenham's Harry Kane are in the running for the men's prize in the Best Fifa Football Awards.

Did you know who they are? Cool, no one really did but they are great. theScore - How Accrington Stanley became the best-run club in English football
How Accrington Stanley became the best-run club in English football

Sources: United win race to French prodigy Mejbri
Manchester United are set to sign French prodigy Hannibal Mejbri, one of the country's biggest talents, sources have told ESPN FC.

The one club man stayed on his side of the El Classico. Barcelona Legend Carles Puyol Says Real Madrid Tried to Sign Him Twice | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
Former Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has said Real Madrid tried to sign him on two occasions during his illustrious career. The 41-year-old retired from playing in 2014 having spent his entire 15-year senior career at the Camp Nou.

His loyalty could just be rewarded. Puyol could be named as FC Barcelona’s new General Manager
Barça president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has asked the legendary defender to replace Pep Segura El presidente del FC Barcelona

Liverpool has not done terribly much in the transfer window, but they are selling. Including selling their old training center for affordable housing. Melwood sale confirmed & Reds statement on Elliott - Thursday’s Liverpool FC News Roundup

Liverpool's Harvey Elliott 'truly sorry' for offensive Harry Kane video | Football | The Guardian
Liverpool’s new 16-year-old Harvey Elliott has apologised for his “senseless” actions after a video surfaced in which he appeared to perform an offensive impersonation of Harry Kane

beoutQ is a pirate broadcaster in Saudi Arabia that is costing the leagues and federations plenty of money. The organizations have been unable to get Saudi representation being turned down by all the attorney’s they approached, resulting in this public effort. Joint statement by FIFA, the AFC, UEFA, the Bundesliga, LaLiga, the Premier League and Lega Serie A regarding the activities of beoutQ in Saudi Arabia -
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He’s expensive and played just okay last season. Sources: Barcelona worried over Coutinho sale
Barcelona are "concerned" over the sale of Philippe Coutinho after the club have not received any offers for the player, sources have told ESPN FC.

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Bahamas v. USA - CONCACAF U15 Championship - 1:00 p.m. - ESPN+

Mexico v. El Salvador - CONCACAF U15 Championship - 3:45 p.m. - ESPN+

The USYNT roster includes one Sounders academy prospect, Angel Martinez.

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