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Seattle

There was never a doubt. Best Fifa Football Awards: Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe win main prizes - Live - BBC Sport. Lionel Messi beats Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk to be named best men's player, while USA forward Megan Rapinoe takes the main women's prize.

You can’t have her!!! Barcelona open to signing USWNT star Rapinoe. Barcelona have opened the door to the possibility of signing the United States World Cup star Megan Rapinoe.

I guess she would go there but please, don’t leave us. Megan Rapinoe open to move, says Barcelona ‘is number one in my heart’ - Barca Blaugranes. It's just one quote taken possibly out of context, but there you go.

MLS

Yohan Croizet says goodbye to Sporting KC, Sporting KC and midfielder Yohan Croizet mutually agree to part ways | Sporting Kansas City. Sporting Kansas City and midfielder Yohan Croizet have mutually agreed to part ways, the club announced today. Croizet recorded three goals and two assists in 20 MLS matches this season.

Yawn! Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Golden Boot race: "I am the MVP of the MVPs" | MLSsoccer.com. Zlatan Ibrahimovic keeps scoring and no surprise, he keeps talking, too. The LA Galaxy star had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact, which keeps him two goals behind Carlos Vela in the Golden Boot presented by Audi race.

Atlanta's Michael Parkhurst announces plans to retire at end of 2019 MLS season | MLSsoccer.com. Atlanta United center back Michael Parkhurst on Monday announced his decision to retire at the end of the 2019 season, calling time on an impressive playing career that included five MLS Cup final trips and more than two dozen appearances for the US men's national team.

NWSL/Women’s Soccer

The fight is still on. Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, and the U.S. Women's Soccer Team Encourage Other Women to Fight for Equal Pay | Fortune. Fresh off a victory in the World Cup, the U.S. Women's National Team is seizing the moment to fight for pay equity in team sports.

Can NWSL do it without US Soccer?Is NWSL ready to stand on its own without U.S. Soccer? | Yahoo Sports. U.S. Soccer is on the verge of walking away from its management of the NWSL, and there are disturbing signs this won't be good for the league.

USA

Pulisic hasn’t seen the pitch in Chelsea’s last three matches. What now for USMNT star Christian Pulisic at Chelsea? – ProSoccerTalk. What next for Pulisic after three-straight games as an unused substitute?

World

It should be more than three games. UEFA bans fans from three EURO 2020 qualifiers for racism – ProSoccerTalk. UEFA punishes three countries for racist behavior by fans at European Championship qualifying games, ordering them to play in empty stadiums

When will this end? Players nearly walked off pitch over racist abuse, says Dover manager | Football | The Guardian. Dover Athletic manager Andy Hessenthaler and Hartlepool United counterpart Craig Hignett said they discussed taking their players off the pitch due to alleged racist abuse in their National League game at Victoria Park

Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa win Fifa fair play award for Aston Villa game | Football | The Guardian. Leeds United and their manager have won the 2019 award for ‘remarkable sportsmanship’ in their 1-1 draw with Aston Villa last season

Think before you tweet. Bernardo Silva: FA contacts Man City over player's tweet - BBC Sport. The Football Association writes to Manchester City to ask the club for its response to a tweet sent by midfielder Bernardo Silva.

Their fans aren’t used to losing. Man Utd tell fans: Success comes before money. Manchester United have moved to assure supporters that the club remain committed to "competing for trophies at the highest level."

Barcelona trapped in a recurring nightmare that began at Anfield | Sid Lowe | Football | The Guardian. Last season’s calamitous Champions League exit against Liverpool did not cause Barcelona’s crisis – it exposed structural failures which were ignored for too long

In Israel, Moshe Hogeg's bid to remake the Beitar Jerusalem soccer club reveals deep divisions - The Washington Post. The culture war that left Israel’s election in a dead heat is reflected in the fight over Beitar Jerusalem’s future.

Really wish this wasn’t even an issue. AC Milan launch an anti-racism initiative - The AC Milan Offside. AC Milan has to take it upon themselves to launch an anti-racism initiative, mainly because if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.

What’s on Today?

10:00 AM - Hellas Verona v. Udinese - Serie A - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Colchester United v. Tottenham - League Cup - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Portsmouth v. Southampton - League Cup - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Preston North End v. Manchester City - League Cup - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Arsenal v. Nottingham Forest - League Cup - ESPN+

12:00 PM - Brescia v. Juventus - Serie A - ESPN+

5:00 PM - Queretaro v. Necaxa - LigaMX - ESPN App, ESPN Deportes

5:00 PM - Memphis 901 v. Pittsburgh Riverhounds - USL Championship - ESPN+

7:00 PM - FC Tuscon v. Greenville Triumph - USL One - ESPN+

Tons of NCAA Men’s Soccer on ESPN+ from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Also Michigan State v. Norte Dame at 4:00 PM on FS1.