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Manchester City women make it look easy, Lodeiro is highly ranked, Ancelotti appalled and more.

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FIFA 20 rankings are out and Lodeiro is pretty highly ranked, how are the teams in the West going to look when the playoffs start in a few weeks, Messi loves him some Neymar and more.

Seattle

Not quite the Best XI but first off the bench works too! Nicolás Lodeiro ranks as 12th-best MLS player in EA Sports FIFA 20 | Seattle Sounders FC. Well, that's cool!

MLS

How is going to look in the West when the playoffs happen? MLS Playoffs: Breaking down the Western Conference outlook in 2019 | MLSsoccer.com. We're approaching the homestretch of the 2019 MLS regular season, which will culminate in Decision Day presented by AT&T. With less than two months remaining, let's take a look at the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs prospects among the Western Conference Conference teams.

It annoys the heck out of me, especially after last weekend. Why some MLS teams choose to play through FIFA international windows – The Athletic
International absences in FIFA windows is a very MLS problem, and there isn't a straightforward solution.

Maybe Chicago fans will see a team score in Soldier Field. Nah, who am I kidding? Chicago Fire progress towards use of Soldier Field for 2020 MLS season | MLSsoccer.com
The Chicago Fire are one step closer to spending the 2020 season playing at Soldier Field in the Windy City’s downtown area. Learn more about the recent development.

What’s your teams biggest question?Armchair Analyst: One big question for each MLS team, revisited | MLSsoccer.com
The important question, Doyle says, was “What happens if Chad Marshall gets old?” It’s a fair one.

NWSL/Women’s Soccer

Manchester City women make it look easy. Women's Champions League: Manchester City thrash Lugano 7-1 in last 32 first leg - BBC Sport. Manchester City look certain to progress from the last 32 of the Women's Champions League as they thrash Lugano 7-1 in their first leg tie.

These ladies won’t go down without a fight. These women footballers are fighting to level the playing field | HerStory. From Ada Hegerberg to the Reggae Girlz, these footballers from around the world are standing up for equal treatment for women in sport.

World

La Liga is going to court over games possibly being played in the United States. Company behind bid to stage La Liga games in US takes football authority to court - BBC Sport. The organiser of the annual pre-season International Champions Cup is challenging the block on staging league matches in another country.

Carlo Ancelotti was not happy with what he saw at stadium. Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti shocked by state of dressing rooms at stadium - BBC Sport. Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti says he is "shocked" and "dismayed" by the state of the dressing rooms following renovation work to the Stadio San Paolo.

Messi sure seems to miss Neymar. Neymar: Lionel Messi would have 'loved' Barcelona to re-sign Brazil forward - BBC Sport. Lionel Messi says he would have "loved" for Neymar to return to Barcelona as his arrival would have increased their chances of "achieving our objectives."

Good. England: Gareth Southgate says team will plan how to respond to racism - BBC Sport. Gareth Southgate says England players will meet to "prepare" how to react to racism before their Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria on 14 October.

He’s been pretty damn good. Pep Guardiola’s success can’t be divorced from his privilege - SBNation.com. How do you evaluate a manager who has always had everything?

Why is the Bundesliga so great? Germany's Bundesliga is great, but not for the reasons you'd think. Bundesliga is the college football equivalent of pro soccer: It's got the passion, fans and reputation for producing talent.

What’s on Today?

11:30 AM - Fortuna Dusseldorf v. Wolfsburg - Bundesliga - FS2

11:30 AM - Sporting Charleroi v. Genk - Belgian First Division - B/R Live

11:45 AM - Derby County v. Cardiff City - EFL Championship - ESPN+

1:00 PM - Toronto FC II v. Orlando City II - USL League One - ESPN+

4:00 PM - NYRB II v. Charlotte Independence - USL Championship - ESPN+

4:00 PM - Greenville Triumph v. Tuscon - USL League One - ESPN+

4:30 PM - Loudoun United v. Memphis 901 - USL Championship - ESPN+

5:00 PM - Birmingham Legion v. Saint Louis - USL Championship - ESPN+

5:00 PM - Puebla v. Atletico San Luis - Liga MX - ESPN Deportes

5:30 PM - Houston Dash v. Utah Royals - NWSL - YahooSports

7:06 PM (yes at 06) - Tijuana v. Tigres UANL - Liga MX - FS2

NCAA Men’s College soccer kicking off from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM, over 20 matches on ESPN+