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MLS End of the Year nominees lists are out, Jamaica will host the USMNT with some fans, and Ryan Reynolds Wrexham dream.

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Seattle

ASN article: One of the top teenagers in MLS, Atencio looking to boost Seattle’s stretch run

16 Washington winners, with Naches’ Bron Yr Aur getting big national recognition. 2021 U.S. Open Beer Championship - Medal Winners - U.S. Open Beer Championship

Washington Picks Up Big Road Win At Oregon State - University of Washington Athletics

MLS

Late Wednesday night, Dairon Asprilla’s sensational, improvisational and maybe even transcendental bicycle kick sent shockwaves rippling through the soccer Twittersphere and beyond, landing at the summit of SportsCenter’s Top 10 and even prompting some to liken it to that Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal. "Goal of the Year": Portland Timbers savor Dairon Asprilla bicycle kick | MLSSoccer.com

Major League Soccer on Thursday announced the nominees for the 2021 End of Year Awards and confirmed that voting is set to kick off on Friday, Oct. 29 (12 pm ET) and last through Monday, Nov. 8 (5 pm ET). MLS will release a list of finalists prior to the Major League Soccer announces nominees for 2021 End of Year Awards | MLSSoccer.com

NWSL

NWSLPA is currently negotiating their first-ever CBA while fighting for player safety. NWSLPA's Meghann Burke, Kealia Watt want player safety prioritized as NWSL grapples with 'systemic failures' - CBSSports.com

Weeks after the Paul Riley story changed the league forever, the NWSL Players Association is pushing for real change. 'We will build a better league': NWSL's CBA talks take on new sense of urgency – JWS

North America

A former player has told the Guardian that an international head coach attempted to solicit sex from her while with the Vancouver Whitecaps women’s team. That coach later went on to lead the Sounders Women for six years. ‘They are protecting the club not girls’: More abuse claims hit North American soccer | The Guardian

After initially saying the match would be played behind closed doors, the government of Jamaica has reversed its stance. 5,000 Fully Vaccinated Fans Will Be Allowed Inside the National Stadium For WCQ Against USA - Nationwide 90FM

American fans, looks like the Jamaican government reversed course. Jamaica to allow 5,000 vaccinated fans for USMNT World Cup qualifier

With Olympic gold medals in hand, Canada players seek more global respect – Equalizer Soccer

World

Ronaldo has scored important goals already for Manchester United but they are not playing well. Is he helping or hindering them? Are Man Utd being helped or hindered by Cristiano Ronaldo? - BBC Sport

David Henderson has been convicted of endangering the safety of an aircraft in which two people died. Emiliano Sala: Fatal flight organiser David Henderson convicted - BBC News

QPR are looking at potential sites for a new stadium outside Hammersmith & Fulham, says majority shareholder Ruben Gnanalingam. QPR looking beyond Hammersmith & Fulham for new stadium, says majority shareholder - BBC Sport

Co-chairman Rob McElhenney says Wrexham’s “big dream” would be to reach the Premier League. Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney: 'Why not dream big?' Wrexham owners aim for Premier League - BBC Sport

Barcelona legend Xavi will be confirmed as the new manager soon, even if club president Joan Laporta does have reservations, writes Guillem Balague. Why Xavi will be next Barcelona boss - despite president’s uncertainty - BBC Sport

The Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky is in talks with West Ham over a deal to buy a minority stake in the club. West Ham: Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky in talks to buy stake | West Ham United | The Guardian

Hosts England will face Austria in the tournament opener, with Norway and Northern Ireland joining them in Group A. England and Northern Ireland to meet in Women’s Euro 2022 group stage | Women's Euro 2022 | The Guardian

Lionel Messi missed PSG training with a muscle problem on Thursday, while Kylian Mbappe was ruled out of their Ligue 1 game against champions Lille. Lionel Messi a doubt, Kylian Mbappe out for PSG clash with champions Lille

Newcastle’s takeover by Saudi Arabian owners has exposed the “massive hypocrisy” with regard to its anti-discrimination policies, says human rights organisation Fair Square. Newcastle takeover exposes 'massive hypocrisy' on anti-discrimination policies - BBC Sport

What’s on TV?

11:30 AM - Hoffenheim vs Hertha BSC - Bundesliga - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Queens Park Rangers vs Nottingham Forest - EFL Championship - ESPN+

1:00 PM - Toronto II vs New England II - USL League One - ESPN+

3:00 PM - Racing Club vs Defensa y Justicia - Argentina Primera División - Paramount+

4:00 PM - Orlando Pride vs Chicago Red Stars - NWSL - Twitch

5:00 PM - Necaxa vs Mazatlán - Liga MX - TUDN

5:15 PM - Argentinos Juniors vs Lanús - Argentina Primera División - Paramount+

7:00 PM - Juárez vs Puebla - Liga MX - TUDN

Plenty of College Men’s and Women’s Soccer from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on ESPN+.