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And Montreal beat Toronto on PKs for the Canadian Championship

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Congrats LAFC, I don’t like it but you ran the table this year, practically, and deserved the Supporters’ Shield. Plenty of news about the Carabao Cup and European League news.

Seattle

Where will Obafemi Martins go next? ‘I feel like a teenager’- Obafemi Martins not thinking about retirement | Goal.com
He says he's received offers from the United States, among other places.

MLS/USL

Congrats Bob Bradley and Co. LAFC win 2019 Supporters' Shield, lift first major trophy | MLSsoccer.com
LAFC have won the 2019 Supporters' Shield, their first trophy in club history.

THE CANADIAN KINGS ARE DEAD. Or something close to that. Toronto FC 1 (1), Montreal Impact 0 (3) | 2019 CanChamp Final Leg 2 Recap | MLSsoccer.com
The Montreal Impact have ended Toronto FC's three-year stranglehold on the Canadian Championship, winning the 2019 final on penalties.

Carlos Vela is going to win the award, then some other players are worth it, but in other years these five could have easily won. Wiebe: Who outside Vela, Josef and Zlatan are playing at an MVP level? | MLSsoccer.com
Here are five players who I think deserve some MVP-level dap for what they’ve done a level down from the Big Three.

Paneka is almost never a great option. Toe Poke Daily: How not to take a Panenka penalty (don't do it with Ibrahimovic watching, for a start)
The Panenka penalty is a very high-risk strategy. But if you must attempt it, we strongly recommend you read through our cautionary guide.

NWSL

Last night’s game was big for both sides. There is nothing better than a good NWSL story - RSL Soapbox
Amy Rodriguez vs the (Seattle) Reign FC is one of the best stories the NWSL has to offer. You don’t want to miss the next chapter, do you?

USA

The USMNT talisman has barely played at Stamford Bridge, should fans be alarmed? Is Christian Pulisic's lack of playing time at Chelsea cause for alarm?
Christian Pulisic has struggled for playing time in recent weeks, so should fans worry? We asked ex-U.S. stars who made the move to England.

The former USMNT manager could be the replacement if Poch leaves. Klinsmann reportedly wants to step in at Spurs if Pochettino exits – ProSoccerTalk
The former Germany and USMNT coach wants the Spurs job, according to The Daily Mail's Steve Stammers.

World

The restrictions should prevent player hoarding with loans and limits what agents can receive, though the limit is still sizeable. Fifa to cap fees paid to agents and international loan deals - BBC Sport
Fifa announces a series of measures to restrict fees paid to players' agents and the amount of international loan deals clubs can be involved in.

Everton already should be a better place to play than Italy in terms of racial abuse by fans but this is a great show of care by the fans towards their new striker. Everton to display anti-racism banner before Manchester City match - Royal Blue Mersey
Blues fans, who have paid for this themselves, want to show support for new striker Moise Kean.

Here is a bunch of Carabao Cup links in a row, starting with who won today. League Cup: Man Utd survives scare but 3 PL sides to lose to lower-tier foes – ProSoccerTalk
Manchester United needed penalties to dispatch Rochdale at Old Trafford; Sheffield United, Bournemouth, West Ham not so lucky

Now, who everyone that advanced has to play. Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United got terrible draws. Carabao Cup 4th round - Liverpool Manchester City Manchester United Arsenal Chelsea
Liverpool will host Arsenal in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup while Manchester United will visit Chelsea.

Good news for the Mighty Reds, they won. Bad news, they had to do it in PKs. Good news, they still did better than Tottenham in PKs. Manchester United's whoopee cushion of a win vs. Rochdale reeks of a club early in a reported rebuild

28 minutes of stoppage time. If that isn’t enough to make you want to read about the match, I don’t know what is. Lights go out (thrice) as Burton upsets Bournemouth – ProSoccerTalk
Oliver Sarkic's first half goal had the Brewers up 1-0 at the break, but their march toward a memorable "cupset" was slowed soon after half.

Seems very much like a Family Guy episode. Portsmouth v Southampton: Horse punched by fan amid disorder - BBC News
Social media footage shows scuffles between fans and police at the Portsmouth v Southampton derby.

The US is not hosting one. Was that an option? No, at least not that was ever said publicly. Why did I saw it? I didn’t have much of an intro for this one so...UEFA confirms host sites for 2021-23 Champions League finals – ProSoccerTalk
Club soccer's showpiece game is heading to Russia, Germany and England in the next few years.

If they apply how the Red Sox are, after winning Champions League, they’ll lose in the group stage and be eliminated by Tampa Bay. Fenway Sports Group’s ‘miraculous’ work puts Liverpool ‘back on perch’ – ProSoccerTalk
"What the Fenway Sports Group have done at Liverpool over the past nine years is nothing short of miraculous."

This is not the first rif between Mo Salah and the Egyptian Federation. Mohamed Salah: Egyptian FA moves to defuse Liverpool striker row - BBC Sport
The Egyptian Football Association writes to Fifa for clarification of its votes in the Best Fifa Awards as Mohamed Salah removes Egypt from Twitter profile.

After going into administration the club was dropped but may make a return into the 4th Division next year. Bury: EFL members to vote on club's request to be in League Two next year - BBC Sport
Bury could take a crucial step towards reinstatement into the English Football League at a pivotal meeting of the 71 member clubs on Thursday.

The new competition will be below the Europa League. In reality, this will lead to the top teams doing better in league as mid-level teams have their squad depth tested in multiple competitions. Uefa’s Europa Conference League likely only to keep big fish happy | Football | The Guardian
New competition starts in 2021 and could ensure the Champions League remains an ever-more elusive target for those outside the elite

Gambling while manager is bad. AFC Wimbledon suspend manager Wally Downes after FA betting charge | Football | The Guardian
AFC Wimbledon have suspended Wally Downes from first-team duties after their manager was charged by the FA over an alleged breach of betting rules.

Which maverick outfield footballers have worn the No 1 shirt? | The Knowledge | Football | The Guardian
Plus: when premature engravings backfire, Championship champions beating Premier League champions and more

Lack of training time and more is a reason why Barcelona has yet to win away from home or keep a clean sheet. U.S. tour to blame for Barca problems - Pique
Gerard Pique blames the ill-planned preseason in the United States for the struggles Barcelona are having now.

Losing Bayern players would really harm the German National Team but team selection should be between the manager and players, not club presidents. Bayern threaten Germany boycott in Neuer row
Uli Hoeness has threatened that Bayern Munich will no longer release players for the national team if Marc-Andre ter Stegen replaces Manuel Neuer.

Barcelona: Carles Puyol rejects sports director offer - BBC Sport
Former Barcelona captain Carles Puyol turns down the opportunity to become the club’s sports director.

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