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The Union seem well on their way to winning their first trophy.

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SOCCER: OCT 24 MLS - Toronto FC at Philadelphia Union Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

This weekend in MLS had plenty of excitement, including late winners, frustrating defeats, and an absolute pantsing of TFC by Philadelphia. That win puts the Union three games away from potentially locking up the first trophy in the team’s history. Crystal Dunn could be in for good things now that she’s in Portland, and Vivianne Miedema is deserving of praise.

MLS/USL

A win over San Jose pushed them into a playoff place, but Marc Dos Santos is still preaching caution. Vancouver Whitecaps vow to "fight to the end" to get into Western Conference playoffs | MLSsoccer.com

Tampa Bay and Phoenix are facing off in the USL Championship Final. With them will be a few former Sounders. 2020 USL Championship Playoffs: How to watch and stream the Conference Finals | MLSsoccer.com

Philly are fun to watch, and even more so when they’re cooking Toronto. Union cruises to first place with dominant win over shorthanded Toronto FC - Brotherly Game

They’re saying there’s a chance! Believe it or not, D.C. United is still in the playoff hunt - Black And Red United

There was plenty of controversy as LAFC sent the Galaxy home with nothing. The ball lied? LAFC 2, LA Galaxy 0 - LAG Confidential

Oakland boasts multiple ‘Chief Purpose Officers’ for a reason. Are the Oakland Roots the most civic-minded team in pro sports?

There’s no actual update here, just that NYCFC’s front office are feeling “optimistic.” NYCFC CEO provides update on stadium project, says it will be "transformational for the South Bronx" | MLSsoccer.com

A Supporters Shield could be the Union’s first ever piece of silverware. Armchair Analyst: Philadelphia Union seize Supporters' Shield lead & more from Week 20 | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL/WoSo

Investigations have shown obsession around weight and body image in the Women’s Super League is “the worst it’s been in years” Weight charts, 'fat clubs' and disordered eating: the hidden health crisis in women's football

The Arsenal and Netherlands striker recently became the FA Women’s Super League’s all-time leading scorer yet is not often regarded as one of the world’s best players. That’s about to change. Vivianne Miedema Is a World-Beating Talent Who’s Been Hiding in Plain Sight - The Ringer

Juventus and Italy captain Gama had no role models growing up in Italian football but she has transformed the landscape of the women’s game Sara Gama on changing attitudes to women's football in Italy – The Athletic

Hopefully in Portland, Crystal Dunn can have what she wants, where she wants it. Crystal Dunn prefers attacking role with Portland Thorns - Stumptown Footy

USA

Aaron Johannsson is alive, and he’s thriving again. Exports: Aron Johannsson maintains goalscoring form, Jonathan David to Lille's bench | MLSsoccer.com

World

Sports are supposed to be fun. Worrying about which of the players is going to suffer serious health problems isn’t that. It’s time to suspend Serie A - Viola Nation

Everton’s fairytale start had to end somewhere. Southampton superb in 2-0 win over Everton - St. Mary's Musings

Diogo Jota’s already pretty good. He also looks like your stepdad probably did when he was in college. Diogo Jota Can “Get Much Better” According to Klopp - The Liverpool Offside

Brendan Rodgers doesn’t care about your favorite team. Arsenal 0 - Leicester City 1 recap: no plan B - The Short Fuse

Not the result you want when you debut a fun, New Jersey. Juventus 1 - Hellas Verona 1: Initial reaction and random observations - Black & White & Read All Over

What’s on TV today?

10:30 AM - Brighton & Hove Albion vs West Bromwich Albion (EPL) - NBCSN

12:30 PM - Bayer Leverkusen vs Augsburg (Bundesliga) - ESPN+

12:45 PM - Milan vs Roma (Serie A) - ESPN+

1:00 PM - Burnley vs Tottenham Hotspur (EPL) - Peacock