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Major Link Soccer: USMNT December roster released

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Gregg Berhalter called in a roster full of MLS talent for a match against El Salvador.

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Raul Jimenez underwent surgery for a fractured skull after a head-to-head collision, adding concussion subs is gaining traction in England as big players (like Jimenez and Ederson) get into head-to-head collisions. The USMNT announced the December camp for a US-based match.

Seattle

Washington state unveiled a new app to inform residents if they’ve been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Washington state launches COVID-19 exposure notification app using Google and Apple technology - GeekWire

MLS

Whitecaps FC announced it will not exercise the 2021 contract option on Andy Rose; the club is continuing discussions with Rose and out of contract forward Fredy Montero. Whitecaps FC announce first roster moves ahead of 2021 | Vancouver Whitecaps FC

It wasn’t joyous news for everyone, however. Defenders Laurent Ciman, Justin Morrow and Eriq Zavaleta will all be out of contract at the end of the year, thus making them free agents in 2021 and eligible for the MLS re-entry process. Again, it doesn’t mean that their tenure with Toronto is over just yet. Toronto FC decline Piatti’s 2021 contract option; look to bring in new designated player - Waking The Red

The Seattle Sounders are seeking a third MLS Cup triumph in five years, sparking talk of joining the true dynasties of MLS. Seattle Sounders with a chance to become an MLS dynasty? They're already there | Charles Boehm | MLSsoccer.com

The 34-year-old has fallen out of favor with coach Miguel Herrera and sources say he will move to MLS once his contract runs out. Paul Aguilar to leave America and weigh MLS offers - sources

NWSL

Megan Rapinoe came out publicly as a lesbian in 2012, after garnering international attention for her pass during a Women’s World Cup semifinal match. Her new memoir One Life reflects on her childhood, sports career and social and political activism. Coming out 'made me a better, more full person,' says U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe | CBC Radio

Fiery Orlando Pride striker Sydney Leroux is eager to show she’s back to top form after her second pregnancy, delivering aggressive play during limited minutes on the pitch and mentoring young players as she pushes to win. Orlando Pride striker Sydney Leroux hungry to play, dominate - Orlando Sentinel

USA

Since retiring from the U.S. Women’s National Team, Rachel Buehler Van Hollebeke has gone from the soccer pitch to the ICU as a doctor fighting COVID-19. How Rachel Buehler Van Hollebeke went from the USWNT to the frontlines of COVID-19

How an unholy bastardization of the world’s most popular sport was conceived, produced, and briefly distributed on American airwaves. Socker Slam: ‘It was soccer on cocaine’ – The Athletic ($)

The roster will be for next week’s friendly against El Salvador. USMNT December roster announced - Stars and Stripes FC

Matt Doyle analyzes the USMNT roster for December’s friendly with El Salvador. Armchair Analyst: Latest USMNT roster has an Olympic flair | MLSsoccer.com

The TFC talisman appears to be opting for the stars and stripes over the red and white—but it’s not over yet. Ayo Akinola named to American squad for upcoming friendly vs El Salvador - Waking The Red

World

Inequalities are especially pronounced in English youth soccer, where only a handful of clubs have kept training open for future female professionals, while boys at the same level play on. ‘Because She’s a Girl’: Lockdown Exposes Gender Gap in U.K. Sports - The New York Times

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has surgery on a fractured skull suffered in a clash of heads during his side’s Premier League win at Arsenal. Raul Jimenez: Wolves striker has surgery on fractured skull after David Luiz head clash - BBC Sport

Police in Argentina seized information tied to Maradona’s treatment and medical history from his doctor, Leopoldo Luque, after questions over the former soccer player’s death were raised. Diego Maradona's Personal Doctor Under the Microscope For Soccer Legend's Death : NPR

“Graphic design is my passion.” Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham: player ratings to the theme of current MLS logos - Cartilage Free Captain

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson has said he is the best penalty taker at the club but never gets chosen to step up and take a spot kick. Man City's Ederson: I'm the team's best penalty taker

Arsenal welcome Newcastle in the FA Cup third round, while eighth-tier Marine, the joint lowest-ranked team in the competition, will play Spurs. FA Cup draw - Tottenham to face Marine Arsenal get Newcastle in third round

Jurgen Klopp and Ederson think concussion substitutes should be introduced after Sunday’s serious clash of heads between Raul Jimenez and David Luiz. David Luiz: Jurgen Klopp backs calls for concussion substitutes - BBC Sport

Frenchwoman Stephanie Frappart will make history when she referees Juventus’ home game with Dynamo Kyiv in the men’s Champions League on Wednesday. Stephanie Frappart to become first woman to referee men's Champions League game - BBC Sport

Edinson Cavani has apologised for using a slur in a social media post, stating it was an affectionate greeting to a friend. Edinson Cavani apologises for using racial term in Instagram post | Manchester United | The Guardian

Papa Bouba Diop, who scored the winner for Senegal against France in 2002 before playing for Fulham and Portsmouth, has died. Papa Bouba Diop, Senegal's World Cup hero and FA Cup winner, dies aged 42 | Senegal football team | The Guardian

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