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San Diego NWSL set to unveil name; UEFA nations oppose two-year World Cup cycle.

Supporters Head to St James’s Park For The First Game After Newcastle United’s Takeover Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Puget Sound

OL Reign currently has three players out on loan. Player Loan Update - Week of 10/18 — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

When the Seattle Sounders acquired Nicolas Benezet from the Colorado Rapids via trade back on Aug. 5, it wasn’t necessarily the splashiest of moves. Nicolas Benezet on thriving in Seattle & why he’d definitely celebrate at Colorado | MLSSoccer.com

MLS / USL

The head coach got a cake-full when the team’s post-practice tradition turned on himself. The Family That Smashes Cake Together, Stays Together | Atlanta United FC

NWSL / women’s soccer

Manchester City have struggled with injuries while Everton have faltered, leaving unbeaten Arsenal looking the most likely threat to champions Chelsea. Arsenal set WSL pace as Eidevall brings intensity and intelligence | The Guardian

The Black Women’s Player Collective is partnering with adidas to run clinics and build mini soccer pitches in Black communities. Imani Dorsey, Ifeoma Onumonu and the BWPC are transforming soccer | Just Women’s Sports

Lynn Williams has had a big year, from missing the initial Olympic squad to ultimately playing a key role. She talks to ESPN about her impact and the work ahead. Lynn Williams, USWNT and NWSL star ‘If I can inspire only one person, I think I’ve done my job’

Coaching and ownership debacles be damned. The Washington Spirit kept winning. Washington Spirit Reach the Playoffs Despite Off-Field Turmoil | Washington City Paper

USWNT and Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan has admitted there is a lack of trust between the NWSL and its players. Morgan admits there is no trust between players and NWSL amid abuse scandal | Goal.com

Midge Purce of Gotham FC and the USWNT stopped by Snacks to chat with Lynn Williams and Sam Mewis about her journey on and off the field. I am such a Fall person ft. Midge Purce – JWS

Some clues it could be on the way. San Diego’s NWSL team set to wave in official name next week? - LAG Confidential

Players in the National Women’s Soccer League are speaking up about the abusive work environments that can develop when women are underpaid. The Most Famous Low-Wage Workers in the Country - The Atlantic

Former soccer player Kaiya McCullough on the abuse that left her “praying to get injured” - CNN Video

World soccer

Solskjaer says he is not affected by critics who suggest Manchester United need to change their manager to be successful. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United boss on Jamie Carragher criticism - BBC Sport

Just over two-thirds of all Premier League players have now had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, the league has announced. 68% of Premier League players now double vaccinated - BBC Sport

Premier League clubs have voted to temporarily block teams agreeing lucrative sponsorship deals linked to a club’s owners after the £305m takeover of Newcastle. Premier League clubs vote to block sponsorship deals linked to owners - BBC Sport

SNP MP John Nicolson described some fans as “numpties dancing around in cod-Arabic dresses”. Newcastle United fans welcoming Saudis ‘a sickness’ MP says - BBC News

A UK and Republic of Ireland bid to host the 2030 World Cup bid has not “gone up in smoke” after England’s Euro 2020 final trouble, MPs have been told. World Cup bid hopes for 2030 still alive despite UEFA sanctions, MPs told - BBC Sport

BBC Sport talked to several black leaders in the England men’s football set-up about the importance of role models. Chris Powell, Bukayo Saka and the black England role models inspiring a generation - BBC Sport

Celtic salvaged their Europa League knockout hopes with a hard-fought win over Hungarian champions Ferencvaros. Celtic 2-0 Ferencvaros TC: Scottish side earn first Europa League group win - BBC Sport

Mohamed Salah continued his superb form as Liverpool made it three wins out of three in the Champions League with a 3-2 win at Atletico Madrid. Salah stars for Liverpool against 10-man Atletico - BBC Sport

Messi scored twice as PSG came from behind to beat RB Leipzig in the Champions League. Paris St-Germain 3-2 RB Leipzig: Lionel Messi scores twice in comeback win - BBC Sport

Former West Ham striker Sebastien Haller scored his sixth Champions League goal in three games as Ajax thrashed Borussia Dortmund 4-0. Ajax 4-0 Borussia Dortmund: Sebastien Haller scores again in rout - BBC Sport

More than a dozen European nations are considering the option of last resort in the fight to prevent biennial World Cups: quitting FIFA. Quitting FIFA mulled in Europe to fight biennial World Cups | AP

The Spanish government has reportedly backed UEFA. The Spanish government officially opposes Super League proposal—report - Managing Madrid

What’s on TV?

An extremely full day of broadcast soccer today — eight men’s UEFA Champions League games, a Europa League match, a dozen MLS games, four Liga MX match-ups, nine USL games, and a ton of college soccer can have you watching almost non-stop all day. Here are some highlights:

9:45 AM: FC Barcelona vs. Dynamo Kyiv (men’s UEFA Champions League) — Paramount+

12:00 PM: Chelsea vs. Malmo FF (men’s UEFA Champions League) — Paramount+

12:00 PM: Manchester United vs. Atalanta (men’s UEFA Champions League) — Paramount+ / TUDN

3:00 PM: Santos de Guápiles vs. Forge (CONCACAF League) — FS2

4:30 PM: DC United vs. New England Revolution (MLS) — ESPN+

5:00 PM: Leon vs. Pumas UNAM (Liga MX) — TUDN

6:00 PM: Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders (MLS) — Fox13+ / Amazon Prime

7:00 PM: Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS) — ESPN+

7:06 PM: Tijuana vs. Guadalajara (Liga MX) — FS1 / Fox Deportes