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MLS played four matches last night, three in the West that mattered. MLS will meet with the Supporter’s Groups over the Iron Front symbol. Multiple players spoke out against the handling of racism and homophobia in Europe. Overall, great day to watch soccer including plenty of college on today.

Seattle

That Reign team was very very good and didn’t have the injury issues this year has had. The Greatest Team to Never Win; How the 2014-2015 Reign captured everything but a championship - Backline Soccer

MLS/USL

Sorry about the paywall but great article on using Twitter to speak out. For MLS players, speaking out on social media carries its own set of calculations – The Athletic ($)
Brad Evans is among the players they talk to. Sacha Kljestan and Jeff Larentowicz (who has a degree from Brown, I did not know this) are interviewed as well.

Turns out you can’t yell about how terrible the reffing is on TV. Portland head coach Giovanni Savarese fined for comments regarding officiating | MLSsoccer.com
MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced Wednesday that Portland Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese has been fined an undisclosed amount for his halftime comments regarding the officiating during Portland's game against Sporting Kansas City on Sept. 7. Savarese's comments were in violation of the league's public criticism policy.

Efrain Alvarez, LA Galaxy breakout star, is Zlatan's 'cub' and faces a U.S. or Mexico decision
Alvarez, 17, has already forced his way into the LA Galaxy line-up, earned Zlatan Ibrahimovic's respect and got two national teams chasing him.

Galaxy fell to the Rapids and that is just absolutely great. Colorado Rapids 2, LA Galaxy 1 | 2019 MLS Match Recap | MLSsoccer.com
When the dust settled on fast and furious final stages Wednesday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, the Colorado Rapids emerged as 2-1 winners over the LA Galaxy.

Four matches, three in the West, played last night. Bogert: What we learned on a wild Wednesday in MLS | MLSsoccer.com
What a wild Wednesday in MLS. We're getting to that time of year where the Live Standings page is constantly up when games are on.

The Galaxy and Timbers are moving the USL Championship to USL One. USL League One set to add 3 West Coast, 1 East Coast clubs | Soc Takes
Galaxy, Timbers, Revolution all putting teams in League One.

Major League Soccer to meet with Independent Supporters Council regarding fan code of conduct - oregonlive.com
Representatives from Major League Soccer will meet with the Independent Supporters Council and supporters groups’ for the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders on Sept. 19 to discuss the MLS Fan Code of Conduct.

Imagine if Beckham was able to get Messi and then found a way to grab Ronaldo. Report: David Beckham reaches out to Lionel Messi about joining Inter Miami | MLSsoccer.com
Inter Miami CF owner David Beckham has reportedly reached out to Barcelona legend Lionel Messi about joining Inter Miami CF.

NWSL

Morten Andersen is one of the best kickers in league history and with his help, he could take Carli Lloyd from great kicker, to the best kicker. NFL legend Andersen to help Carli Lloyd – ProSoccerTalk
"Think about all the young girls, and the hope it would give them."

USA

A bunch of observations and a bit of potential changes. It’s...whatever. Warshaw: What worked, and what didn't, for the US national team vs. Uruguay | MLSsoccer.com
I would call the game a success, a step in the right direction Gregg Berhalter’s No. 1 goal in the Mexico game was to instill a belief in his players that they could harm a good opponent by using the ball; that belief was evident.

World

Is this a lasting marriage or a blissful honeymoon period in England? Record breaking weekend in WSL: Tip of the iceberg or feel-good outlier? - All For XI
Hopefully this is a lasting marriage.

I agree with Griezmann too, stopping the games is the right call. Griezmann disagrees with FFF president over homophobia - AS.com
While FFF president Noel Le Graet does not want matches to be stopped for homophobia, Barça forward Antoine Griezmann sees it as a good idea.

Barcelona's Turan sentenced for nightclub fight
Arda Turan has been handed a suspended prison sentence for his role in a fight in an Istanbul nightclub last year.

Evra returns to Man Utd in youth coach capacity
Patrice Evra has returned to Manchester United in a youth coaching capacity while he undertakes his UEFA coaching badges.

The most Vincent Komany thing ever. Kompany ruled out of own testimonial with injury
Former Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of his own testimonial after suffering a hamstring injury.

The investigation was into Mitrovic’s 2015 transfer to Newcastle United. Belgium football transfer: Two arrested in fraud inquiry - BBC News
The suspects are held following raids in Monaco, Belgium and London over claims of money-laundering.

Valencia sack Marcelino before key clashes at Barcelona and Chelsea | Football | The Guardian
Valencia have dismissed Marcelino after two years as their manager, in the buildup to their La Liga visit to Barcelona and Champions League group game at Chelsea

Kevin-Prince Boateng says the football authorities in Germany should have dealt more firmly with the Schalke chairman after his comments. 'How can it be a slip-up?': Kevin-Prince Boateng angry at lack of racism action | Football | The Guardian
The Chairman of Schalke made racist comments about Africans at a conference in April. He’s taking a three-month self-imposed break from the club.

A bunch of other random trivia but any guesses? Hint, they are not in the same country. What's the shortest distance between clubs in a cross-border European tie? | Football | The Guardian
Plus: teams with players sharing a birthday; first names for surnames; and Steve Archibald on Top of the Pops

Inter chairman Zhang defends fans amid racism debate – ProSoccerTalk
Inter's Chinese chairman says the club's inclusive history makes him believe that "fans, when they did it, the intention was not bad."

What’s on Today?

7:00 AM - Portugal U19 v. Croatia U19 - UEFA Futsal Euro - ESPN App

10:00 AM - Spain U19 v. Poland U19 - UEFA Futsal Euro - ESPN App

College soccer, absolutely tons. Men’s kickoffs from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on ESPN+. Gonzaga’s 5:00 PM kickoff is the only Northwest connection. Women’s kickoffs from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on ESPN+ and the ACC and SEC Networks. No Northwest connections for the women’s matches.