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Phoenix makes right a USL wrong, Messi equals another record.

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A deep dive into the contributions of MLS owners shows many that contradict teams’ support for Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+ issues and more. Disconnect: As MLS teams back social causes, owners’ money often fights them – The Athletic ($)

Not only is Javier Hernandez, the Galaxy’s star offseason signing, not scoring goals, he seems totally disconnected from the team. Chicharito feels much closer to retirement than trophies right now with Galaxy | Yahoo Sports

Rising had “earned” the right to host the final after being awarded three points against their wishes for a game San Diego Loyal forfeited. Phoenix Rising FC Relinquishes Hosting Rights for USL Championship Final

NWSL / women’s soccer

The Thorns defender has redefined herself after letting others shape her path for too long. Forecasting 2021: The new confidence of Thorns FC’s Meghan Klingenberg | Portland Thorns

On Monday, the three countries announced their intention to launch a joint bid for the 2027 Women’s World Cup. Belgium, Germany, and Netherlands to bid for 2027 Women’s World Cup together – Equalizer Soccer

US soccer

The longest continuously operating team in indoor soccer blamed uncertainty regarding attendance limits at the UWM Panther Arena for its decision. Milwaukee Wave cancels season, ending longest run in indoor soccer | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

World soccer

Jesse Marsch says that he had a discussion with Frank Lampard last season that left him with the impression that the Chelsea boss didn’t rate Christian Pulisic because he was American. Lampard reportedly didn’t rate Chelsea star Pulisic because he was American |

Backed by FIFA, the proposed European Premier League tournament could provide huge prize money and reshape continental competition in Europe. Liverpool, Man United reportedly in talks to join new tournament | NBC Sports

European super league proposals are nothing now, so what should we make of the latest one, and how does this plan differ from its predecessors? European super league proposal: How it differs, FIFA’s involvement - Sports Illustrated

It seems unlikely either club especially want a European super league—but it still might come to pass. Understanding Liverpool & Manchester United’s Euro Super League Threat - The Liverpool Offside

A decision on the landmark changes could take place as early as next year, with the proposals allowing Europe’s giants more chances to play against one another. UEFA ‘could expand Champions League to 36 teams in a dramatic overhaul’ from the 2024-25 season | Daily Mail Online

After struggling early without Ronaldo, Juventus scored two to open their Champions League campaign with a victory at Dynamo Kyiv. Alvaro Morata scores two in Champions League win - BBC Sport

Marcus Rashford scored a late winner again as Manchester United start their Champions League campaign with a huge win in Paris. Paris St-Germain 1-2 Man Utd: Marcus Rashford hits superb late winner - BBC Sport

Lionel Messi scores in a joint-record 16th Champions League season as Barcelona make a winning start to their 2020-21 campaign against Ferencvaros. Lionel Messi equals another record in Champions League win - BBC Sport

Chelsea suffered a frustrating start to their Champions League campaign after being held by Sevilla, their first goalless stalemate under Frank Lampard. Chelsea held scoreless in opening Champions League group game - BBC Sport

The 38-year-old is on the squad as emergency goalkeeper cover. Petr Cech included in Chelsea’s Premier League squad while Arsenal omit Özil | The Guardian

The manager has admitted his side’s failure to progress beyond the quarter-finals is solely his fault. Pep Guardiola accepts blame for Manchester City’s European failures | The Guardian

Schalke have apologised for their fans’ racist abuse of Borussia Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko during a match between the rival clubs’ under-19 sides. Schalke apologise after fans racially abuse Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko | Football | The Guardian


We reviewed Heroes’ Feast: The Official Dungeons & Dragons Cookbook, and it ain’t half bad. Inside you’ll find comfort food themed to many of D&D’s most beloved worlds, plus a heaping helping of lore. Heroes’ Feast: The Official Dungeons & Dragons Cookbook serves up great comfort food - Polygon

Interested in getting your young adventurer into D&D but worried the rules are too cumbersome for them? Look no further. D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides FAQ | Zub Tales

What’s on TV?

9:55 AM: Salzburg vs. Lokomotiv Moskova (UEFA Champions League) — Galavision / CBS All Access

9:55 AM: Real Madrid vs. Shakhtar Donetsk (UEFA Champions League) — TUDN / UniMas / CBS All Access

11:45 AM: Sheffield Wednesday vs. Brentford (English Championship) — ESPN+

12:00 PM: Bayern Munich vs. Atletico Madrid (UEFA Champions League) — TUDN / UniMas / CBS All Access

12:00 PM: Internazionale vs. Borussia Monchengladbach (UEFA Champions League) — CBS All Access

12:00 PM: Manchester City vs. Porto (UEFA Champions League) — Galavision / CBS All Access

12:00 PM: Olympiakos Piraeus vs. Olympique Marseille (UEFA Champions League) — CBS All Access

12:00 PM: Ajax vs. Liverpool (UEFA Champions League) — CBS All Access

12:00 PM: Midtjylland vs. Atalanta (UEFA Champions League) — CBS All Access

5:00 PM: Forward Madison vs. North Texas (USL League One) — ESPN+

5:00 PM: Independiente vs. Antigua and Barbuda (CONCACAF League) — FS2

7:06 PM: Tijuana vs. Monterrey (Copa MX) — FS1

12:30 AM (10/22): Shijiazhuang Ever Bright vs. Dalian Aerbin (Chinese Super League) — ESPN+

4:35 AM (10/22): Beijing Guoan vs. Shandong Luneng (Chinese Super League) — ESPN+

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