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The South American federation is pushing ahead 18 qualifiers before the World Cup, including some this week, with COVID impacting the matches.

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Great win last night and now, some soccer from around the world. What USMNT players didn’t move? The man responsible for the Panenka is in the ICU with COVID. An apology from the racial abuser of Wilfried Zaha. And Frank de Boer did what he does best, lose.

MLS

Who have been some of the top signings of the 2020 MLS season? Andrew Wiebe sorts through the list. Who have been the top signings of the 2020 MLS season? | Andrew Wiebe | MLSsoccer.com

The 2020 MLS Racial & Gender Report Card showed both flaws and successes with the league’s approach to gender and racial hiring, respectively. MLS Sees Ups & Downs in Racial, Gender Hiring Practices

It may have taken a little time in coming, but Gonzalo Higuain’s first goal in MLS for Inter Miami was more than worth the wait. Gonzalo Higuain scores first MLS goal for Inter Miami with stunning free kick golazo | MLSsoccer.com

USA

The transfer window in Europe has ended. Let’s discuss who didn’t make moves. Community Corner: Which players missed out on a big move? - Stars and Stripes FC

Cristiano Ronaldo’s legal fight with a woman who accuses him of raping her is heading toward a trial before a federal judge in Nevada. Ronaldo rape case - US judge to hear arguments over hush-money agreement | ESPN

Even as she’s settled into a lower-profile family life, the USWNT legend is using her outspokenness to continue blazing trails on multiple fronts. Hope Solo's fight for equality continues, both in her own lawsuit against U.S. Soccer and in the media | Yahoo Sports

World

More than 10% of PFA members have sought counselling services in 2020 with the most common concerns being ‘low mood’ and ‘anxiety.’ Increasing number of footballers concerned for their mental health | Football | The Guardian

Czech footballer Antonin Panenka is in intensive care at a hospital after contracting COVID-19, his former club said on Wednesday. Penalty king Antonin Panenka in serious condition at Czech hospital

Kenyan refugee was once almost electrocuted for refusing to smuggle drugs and injuries hampered his playing career – now he plans to become a ‘sick’ referee. Cheating death and learning scouse: the incredible story of Jacob Viera | Football | The Guardian

Club’s former full-back and PFA delegate James Pearson on training, money and mental health issues amid the crisis. ‘Players were in tears’: what it was really like as Macclesfield collapsed | Football | The Guardian

A 12-year-old boy is “extremely remorseful” over racist messages sent to Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, police have told BBC Sport. Wilfried Zaha racist abuse: Boy, 12, ‘extremely remorseful’ - BBC Sport

Desperate to squeeze in 18 qualifiers ahead of the 2022 World Cup, CONMEBOL is ploughing ahead with games this week despite some obvious concerns. CONMEBOL's World Cup qualifying to begin with coronavirus, not football, the talking point

Manchester City’s chief executive, Ferran Soriano, has called for a rethink of the football pyramid to consider the inclusion of Premier League B teams. Crisis may lead to Premier League B teams in EFL, says City's Soriano | Football | The Guardian

Mohamed Salah was seen stepping in to save a homeless man from harassment from a group of men before withdrawing £100 to give the man. Mo Salah bravely steps in to save homeless man from being harassed | JOE.co.uk

Frank de Boer’s continues his trend, losing. As his first game as Netherlands boss ends in defeat as a second-half penalty from Wolves striker Raul Jimenez gave Mexico victory in a friendly. Netherlands 0-1 Mexico: Raul Jimenez goal hands Frank de Boer defeat in first game - BBC Sport

Ukraine have included the 45-year-old retired goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskiy in the squad to face France after three other keepers tested positive for Covid-19. Ukraine include 45-year-old retired goalkeeper in squad amid Covid crisis | Ukraine | The Guardian

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni believes “it was positive” that Lionel Messi remained at Barcelona this summer instead of joining a new team. Argentina boss: Messi staying at Barcelona ‘positive’

What’s on TV?

7:30 AM - Græsrødderne vs Nordsjælland - DBU Pokalen - ESPN+

9:00 AM - Georgia vs Belarus - UEFA Euro Qualifying - ESPN+

9:05 AM - South Alabama v. Mercer U. - NCAA Women’s Soccer - ESPN+0

9:15 AM - Russia v. Sweden - International Friendly - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland - UEFA Euro Qualifying - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Bulgaria vs Hungary - UEFA Euro Qualifying - ESPN+

11:45 AM - North Macedonia vs Kosovo - UEFA Euro Qualifying - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Iceland vs Romania - UEFA Euro Qualifying - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Norway vs Serbia - UEFA Euro Qualifying - ESPN2, ESPN+

11:45 AM - Scotland vs Israel - UEFA Euro Qualifying - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Slovakia vs Ireland Republic - UEFA Euro Qualifying - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Belgium v. Côte d’Ivoire - International Friendly - ESPN+

12:00 PM - England v. Whales - International Friendly - TUDN, ESPN+

3:00 PM - Georgia Southern v. Coastal Carolina - NCAA Women’s Soccer - ESPN+

3:00 PM - Pittsburgh v. Boston College - NCAA Women’s Soccer - ACC Network, ESPN+

5:00 PM - Mineros de Zacatecas v. Alebrijes de Oaxaca - Liga de Expansion MX - TUDN

5:00 PM - North Carolina v. Virginia - NCAA Women’s Soccer - ACC Network, ESPN+