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The reformatting was due to happen in 2024 but it is now delayed or even scrapped.

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A lot went on in the soccer world on Monday, especially with plenty of Euro Qualifying action. Also more Cubans defected while playing in the Nations League. Today is a great day to watch soccer, why? Because I lost count of all the games that are being played today.

Seattle

Women leaders from tech and sports share advice for success in the workplace – GeekWire
Whether it’s on the soccer field or inside an office, women can face unique challenges when trying to navigate their careers and move up the ranks in an organization. Players from women’s professional soccer team Seattle Reign FC and local business leaders shared leadership advice at a panel…

NEVER YACHT ALONE!!! Also can someone lend me the money to buy it? Also maintain it? Also not ask me to pay it back...ever? Paul Allen’s Mega-Yacht on Sale for $326 Million - Bloomberg
The late Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen’s 414-foot super yacht “Octopus” is on the market.

Local artist reimagines Marvel superheroes in traditional Native American style | king5.com
Jeffrey Veregge is a member of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe and a rising star in the world of comic books.

MLS

I wonder if it will have air conditioning in the visitor’s locker room? (If you don’t get this, you haven’t followed LSU-Texas.) Austin FC breaks ground on $242 million stadium, set to open in 2021 | MLSsoccer.com
AUSTIN, Texas — Austin FC CEO Anthony Precourt, MLS President and Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott, and Austin Mayor Steve Adler came under a literal big tent on Monday on the site of the club's planned $242 million stadium, set to open in April 2021, to celebrate its groundbreaking.

None are Sounders, so I guess you can move on. Seltzer: 10 most underrated players in MLS for 2019 season | MLSsoccer.com
10 players who have gone under the radar for their good performances in MLS in 2019

I actually agree with Warshaw with what counts as a success for Sounders. For once I agree with Warshaw...sounds weird in my head. Warshaw: 24 Takeaways for Week 27 - what marks success for each team? | MLSsoccer.com
In his weekly MLS review column, Bobby Warshaw asks what will definite success for all 24 MLS teams in the remaining games of 2019.

At 85 ovreall, he is the same as Romelu Lukaku, James Rodriguez and Mauro Icardi, while just a point behind Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino. I just don’t see it. LA Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in FIFA 20's top 100 players | MLSsoccer.com
In this year's edition of EA Sports' FIFA, LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains alongside the world's best. EA released the top 100 rated players in FIFA 20 and Ibrahimovic is no. 100, coming in at an 85 overall.

Keep scrolling, he also may get a lifetime deal at Barcelona. So who knows what the future holds... Lionel Messi ‘considering sensational MLS transfer’ after leaving Barcelona | The Sun
Mundo Deportivo claim a switch to the United States is of interest to Messi, but there is no suggestion he will move soon.

NWSL

This is NEVER okay. Alleged slurs aimed at Portland goalkeeper Adrianna Franch mar match with Utah Royals FC | KSL.com
The incident spread quickly, thanks to a strong statement from Timbers Army, the official supporters group of the Thorns and Major League Soccer affiliate Portland Timbers FC.

Speaking of which, WE ALL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY. We all have a responsibility to kick racism out of NWSL - All For XI
Don’t be silent.

USA

We could’ve found a new coach but since we didn’t, he’s got to fix this. Gregg Berhalter needs to change the USMNT’s style or find other players - SBNation.com
This square peg is going to fit into that round hole eventually if we just believe in ourselves!

Even without Nicolas Lodeiro, Uruguay is a good team. USA vs. Uruguay, 2019 Friendly: Scouting Uruguay - Stars and Stripes FC
A Uruguay side missing many of its stars could still pose problems for the USMNT

Stop being afraid of every team would be good too. Pulisic: U.S. must stop playing afraid vs. Mexico
United States midfielder Christian Pulisic said that the squad must stop playing afraid against Mexico after their 3-0 loss to their rivals.

Headers can cause CTE, or probably can, this isn’t just an NFL problem. Women's Soccer Stars Concerned About Trauma From Headers : NPR

FuboTV Unveils Lineup for Free Fubo Sports Network – Variety
FuboTV announced programming details for the free streaming Fubo Sports Network and named Pamela Duckworth as head of the service.

JAY BERHALTER IS WHAT’S NEXT...I hope not. I really hope not. Dan Flynn: US Soccer CEO steps down; What comes next? | SI.com
Dan Flynn's exit as U.S. Soccer CEO had been expected for months, but with his departure date set, it remains to be seen who will step into his influential role. While it seems unlikely, an outsider candidate would be best for a number of reasons.

Same attorney that is suing for the USWNT players. Promoter suing US Soccer for refusal to sanction league matches in US – ProSoccerTalk
U.S. Soccer is now also being sued by a promoter who wants to bring international league matches to the U.S.

Danny Williams joins Pafos FC - Stars and Stripes FC
The midfielder moves from England to Cyprus.

Will any of these pickup a result? Bogert: Three starting lineups for shorthanded USMNT in friendly vs. Uruguay | MLSsoccer.com
Bogert gives three options. Three Morris lineups.

Not in the US, this was in Toronto. But Cuba plays the USMNT next, in the US, in the Nations League. Two players had defected before the game and three did after, how many defect when they come to the US will be a question. Report: Three Cuba national team players defect after Canada loss | MLSsoccer.com
Three players, Alejandro Portal, Andy Baquero and Yordan Santa Cruz, reportedly defected after Cuba's loss to Canada

World

Kosovo plays this morning at 11:45AM against the “creators of soccer football.” The remarkable Mr Vokrri: Kosovo's football rise - BBC Sport
Just over three years ago Kosovo had never played a full international fixture. Now they are challenging England on the way to Euro 2020.

Hard to believe that Poch is on a hot seat after being in the Champions League final with a side that had more injuries than the Sounders but betting lines seem to think he is. Solskjaer, Pochettino among Premier League managers feeling most pressure
Not so long ago, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mauricio Pochettino had it all going for them. Now they're among the Premier League bosses most at risk.

Watford re-hires Quique Sanchez Flores – ProSoccerTalk
Flores managed the Hornets from 2015-16, and has since led Espanyol and Shanghai Shenhua.

“I remember speaking to my mum. She was emotional, she was in tears. She was just thinking, ‘Why him?’” Racist abuse left Abaraham’s mother in tears, Chelsea striker says – ProSoccerTalk
The abuse came after Chelsea’s UEFA Super Cup match against Liverpool last month.

Gareth Southgate offers help to Declan Rice over abusive social media posts | Football | The Guardian
Declan Rice, the England and West ham midfielder, has received support from Gareth Southgate following online threats over his switch of allegiance from Ireland.

This is bad. Very bad. Sierra Leone fans attack player's house after penalty miss - BBC News
Angry fans of Sierra Leone pelt the captain's house with stones after he missed a decisive penalty.

In the US, flying cross-country is unavoidable but in (inter)national tournaments that can be centralized, like the Euros, more should be done to be environmentally friendly. Football appears too self-important to bother itself about climate emergency | Louise Taylor | Football | The Guardian
Choosing to stage Euro 2020 in 12 different countries is a decision that seems to be lacking in common sense.

Kit Carson, a football star-maker with a dark history of alleged abuse | Society | The Guardian
Respected youth coach and scout faced dozens of accusers after Guardian broke scandal.

3rd place matches that are pointless aren’t his lofty standards. Phil Neville must understand that actions speak louder than words | Barry Glendenning | Football | The Guardian
The England Women’s manager has done a reasonable job, but has yet to live up to the high standards he has set himself.

There are times loyalty to fandom should come first, like defending the right to be openly anti-racist/facist and hold the Iron Front flag, but maybe don’t ever support a group’s desire to be racist. Inter’s Romelu Lukaku is the latest victim of ultras’ warped loyalty | Nicky Bandini | Football | The Guardian
A group of Inter supporters defending the abuse of their own player was the latest sign that ultras have more loyalty to one another than to their clubs.

Who’s the most irreplaceable player on ‘Big Six’ Premier League sides? – ProSoccerTalk
Some of these answers are pretty straight-forward; Others are surprising.

I would be surprised if Manchester United ever filled this position. Reports: Man United exploring Edwin van der Sar for Director of Football – ProSoccerTalk
The former Red Devils goalkeeper is in Ed Woodward's sights.

If he signs this, he probably is not moving to MLS. Barcelona preparing lifetime contract for Lionel Messi – ProSoccerTalk
Messi could return to his boyhood club Newell's Old Boys before fully retiring, which Barcelona is open to allowing in a potential lifetime contract.

I’ve probably done this in FIFA so is it really that big a deal? Yes. Manchester City assemble first ever BILLION-EURO squad ahead of Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid | Daily Mail Online
Pep Guardiola's Manchester City have become one of Europe's top powerhouses in recent times after winning back-to-back Premier League titles in record style.

Champions League: Format changes planned for 2024 set to be delayed or scrapped - BBC Sport
Proposed revolutionary changes to European club football planned for 2024 are likely to either be delayed or scrapped.

Germany are in trouble on road to Euro 2020. PLUS -- Neymar returns to action, Samuel Eto'o retires
Germany's road to Euro 2020 looks more and more precarious, while the Dutch impress and Italy get lucky. Also: Neymar makes a positive return.

Drinkwater set to return to club after attack
Danny Drinkwater is set to return to Burnley on Monday after suffering injuries when he was attacked on a night out.

I would believe Kane but I am sure he has, all forwards have at one point. He just does it much less than others. Spurs' Kane: I've never dived in my career
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has said that he has never dived in his career, hitting back at claims that he has twice done so this season.

Wooo World Cup qualifying: Somalia national team's history-making driving instructor - BBC Sport
Somalia defender and Manchester driving instructor Mohamud Ali was part of one of the biggest upsets in the history of international football.

What’s on Today?

I’m not sure how watching matches on FIFA’s website works, but they apparently have some qualifying matches on.

6:00 AM - Eswatini v. Djibouti - World Cup Qualifying - FIFA.com and YouTube

7:00 AM - Mozambique v. Mauritius - World Cup Qualifying - FIFA.com and YouTube

8:00 AM - Angola v. Gambia - World Cup Qualifying - FIFA.com and YouTube

9:00 AM - Rwanda v. Seychelles - World Cup Qualifying - FIFA.com and YouTube

10:00 AM - Namibia v. Eritrea- World Cup Qualifying - FIFA.com and YouTube

10:00 AM - Sudan v. Chad - World Cup Qualifying - FIFA.com and YouTube

11:30 AM - Ukraine v. Nigeria - International Friendly - ESPN3

11:45 AM - Euro 2020 Qualifiers - 7 matches - ESPN+ (England, Portugal, Turkey, France, and Iceland all have matches)

11:45 AM - Ireland Republic v. Bulgaria - International Friendly - ESPN3

5:00 PM - USMNT v. Uruguay - International Friendly - FS1

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

7:00 PM - Reno 1868 v. Tacoma Defiance - USL Championship - ESPN+

NCAA College Soccer, Men’s and Women’s from 1:00 PM till 5:00 PM all on ESPN+