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Weston McKennie’s off to a good start in Italy.

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The Sounders beat LAFC again, as several big wins/losses got stacked up around the league. The turmoil surrounding Utah Royals/RSL/Real Monarchs isn’t going anywhere, and seems likely to get worse before it gets any better, although a new owner could be coming in soon. Meanwhile, Americans and MLS academy products had a big weekend headlined by Weston McKennie starting for Juventus.

Seattle/Tacoma

Rapinoe’s reputation does a lot of work here. Megan Rapinoe tops FIFA 21 rankings - Stars and Stripes FC

Machaela George leads the list with a goal. Player Loan Updates – Week of 9/7 — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

The game has now been rescheduled for Tuesday night, as the tests were only inconclusive, rather than positives. WNBA Postpones Seattle Storm-Minnesota Lynx Playoff Game - WNBA.com - Official Site of the WNBA

MLS/USL

Portland, Maine continues its steady march towards professional soccer as plans for a USL League One team move forward. Plans for pro soccer in Portland moving forward despite pandemic - Portland Press Herald

Kei Kamara passed “journeyman” a while ago, at this point he’s a soccer nomad. Kei Kamara Signs With MNUFC | Minnesota United FC

Local billionaire kicks the tires on soccer empire. Prospective RSL buyer? Ryan Smith of Qualtrics took tour of team facilities last week, sources say. - The Salt Lake Tribune

Griffin Yow is the latest teenager to grab hold of his opportunity. DC United academy product Griffin Yow announces MLS arrival with dramatic first goal | MLSsoccer.com

Montreal love getting red cards, meanwhile Philly are legit. Romell Quioto scores for Montreal Impact, shown red card in 15 minute stint against Union | MLSsoccer.com

It was a big week for MLS academy products around the world. Armchair Analyst: Special weekend for Homegrown exports & more from Week 12 | MLSsoccer.com

It couldn’t happen to a better team. Atlanta United suffers third consecutive defeat, falls below the playoff line - Dirty South Soccer

How LAFC handle the first real adversity the club has faced will determine what they can be. LAFC admit ‘difficult time’ for club has not yet passed - Angels on Parade

NWSL/WoSo

Harrington apparently had a history of making inappropriate remarks and contributing to the broader toxic culture around the organization. Utah Royals place head coach Craig Harrington on leave - All For XI

Harrington and his assistant are both on leave, each for their own bad behavior. Report: Utah Royals coach Craig Harrington on administrative leave - RSL Soapbox

Amy Lepeilbet’s job is a nearly impossible one as the Royals try to play in the middle of everything going on with their club. Utah Royals dominated by the Thorns, lose 3-0 in NWSL Fall Series opener - RSL Soapbox

Chicago was just in a different class on Sunday. Watt scores twice as Chicago Red Stars smash Sky Blue FC 4-1 - Hot Time In Old Town

USA

Dest is probably moving, and it seems like one way or another he’s going to one of the biggest clubs in the world. Barca or Bayern? Sergiño Dest is about to join one of the world’s biggest clubs - Stars and Stripes FC

Konrad de la Fuente is drawing the attention of some big clubs, but Barcelona won’t let him leave easily. Liga Española - FC Barcelona: Konrad de la Fuente, la joya norteamericana que blinda el Barcelona | MARCA Claro Usa

World

The best player in the world just made the assist of the season in the Bundesliga opener itself. Relive Robert Lewandowski’s jaw-dropping rabona assist vs Schalke - Bavarian Football Works

I don’t know, it’s just cool to see someone’s dreams come true. Diogo Jota Has Dreamed of Joining “a Club Like Liverpool” Since He Was a Kid - The Liverpool Offside

It turns out you aren’t supposed to form tackle people, especially as one of the last players back on defense. Lampard on Christensen, Kepa, and the mistakes that doomed Chelsea against Liverpool - We Ain't Got No History

Apparently one of Pirlo’s ideas is starting Weston McKennie. Pirlo: I have my own ideas for Juventus - Black & White & Read All Over

Let’s take a look at the fashion statements made across the top four soccer leagues in the world. European soccer’s best (and worst) jerseys this season, reviewed - SBNation.com

Coronavirus concerns on the rise. Premier League urge UK government to still allow fans to return in October - We Ain't Got No History

What’s on TV today?

10:00 AM - Aston Villa vs Sheffield United (EPL) - Peacock

10:00 AM - Toluca vs Tijuana (Liga MX Femenil) - TUDN

11:30 AM - Bochum vs St. Pauli (2.Bundesliga) - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Milan vs Bologna (Serie A) - ESPN+

12:15 PM - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City (EPL) - Peacock

7:00 PM - Leon vs Pumas UNAM (Liga MX) - TUDN