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A-League in crisis over CBA negotiations, urgency in England to allow fans due to mounting financial losses

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Puget Sound

Where should the Dick’s Food Truck go first? Food Truck - Dick’s Drive In

UW announces COVID-19 testing program for students, faculty and staff across all three campuses | UW News

MLS / USL

Austin FC have been making big plans and writing big checks, both of which signal their ambition to join the league’s upper echelon when they make their MLS debut next spring. Austin FC’s secret weapon? Why the MLS expansion club turned to Dave Tenney | MLSsoccer.com

The extended border closure will complicate MLS scheduling and likely require Canadian MLS teams to play “home” games at US venues. U.S.-Canada border shutdown likely to extend through November, Ottawa cool to more exemptions - sources | Reuters

The unique club will be joining the second-tier league in 2021, leaving the nascent NISA with a void. Oakland Roots: NISA club to join USL Championship in 2021 - Sports Illustrated

US soccer

Wolfsburg youth team product and US international Ulysses Llanez joins Heerenveen after signing through to 2024. Professional contract and loan deal for Llanez | VfL Wolfsburg

So far it’s only been in a friendly, but still a big milestone. Konrad de la Fuente becomes first American to play for Barcelona as US-based outlets cheer - Barca Blaugranes

World soccer

It is “vital” for Scottish football that clubs fulfill fixtures even when players are unavailable because of Covid-19, says Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Neil Lennon says it’s ‘vital’ for games to go ahead - BBC Sport

Pressure is growing on the government to allow the return of fans to live football, with the EFL describing the next 48 hours as ‘critical’ as they report monthly losses of £22m. EFL enters ‘critical’ 48 hours in push to get crowds and avoid financial disaster | The Guardian

After players rejected a new CBA offer talks are in deadlock and the impact on the game in Australia could be severe. ‘A terrible position’: A-League clubs and players reach impasse over pay deal | The Guardian

Mourinho is interested in taking Bas Dost from Eintracht Frankfurt as he pushes to add a different option to Harry Kane at centre-forward. José Mourinho keen to bring Eintracht Frankfurt striker Bas Dost to Spurs | The Guardian

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new contract at Arsenal, ending any doubts about his future and ensuring Mikel Arteta retains his most important player. ‘I belong here’: Aubameyang signs new three-year Arsenal contract | The Guardian

“It is my club, my home,” said the England midfielder as he signed a new five-year deal with Aston Villa. New Aston Villa deal for midfielder Jack Grealish - BBC Sport

The last three weeks have been terrible for PSG and Thomas Tuchel is under pressure to turn things around quickly. PSG’s poor Ligue 1 start has club in crisis mode already | ESPN

Tottenham have opened talks with Real Madrid to explore whether they can strike a deal to bring Gareth Bale back on loan. Tottenham in talks with Real Madrid over Gareth Bale return on loan | The Guardian

Mexico is unlikely to play games in Europe in 2021, with CONCACAF commitments and friendly games in the United States set to take over the schedule. Mexico unlikely to play in Europe in ‘21 will focus on matches in U.S. | ESPN

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