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Chicago and Washington advance to the NWSL semi-finals.

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Decision Day in MLS and the first round of NWSL playoffs made for quite the eventful weekend! With the results in NWSL’s first set of playoff games the league is guaranteed to have a new champion, so why not OL Reign? The Premier League coaching carousel is already cranking, and the men’s game is headed into the international break. There’s plenty of action to come in the next couple of weeks.

Seattle/Tacoma

The Kraken’s official sports bar opened over the weekend. The Kraken Open 32 Bar & Grill at the Iceplex - Eater Seattle

Vote Sam Adeniran! Championship Player of the Month Nominees – October

MLS/USL

The Tennessee club sold more than $500,000 in shares in a month. They believe they have tapped into a market for fans who want a stake in their team. Chattanooga FC: the US club with 2,000 owners around the world | Soccer | The Guardian

At 16 Kobi Henry is a crucial part of a USL Championship club, and is building a future in the US youth ranks. Teenager Kobi Henry emerges as key member of Orange County SC backline - Angels on Parade

The prospects for professional soccer in Spokane have just gotten a lot more interesting. Soccer showdown: Brett Sports and Entertainment hopes to put MLS farm team in Spokane | The Spokesman-Review

Matt Doyle likes the Sounders more than you do. Ranking Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoff teams by tier as the regular season ends | MLSSoccer.com

Damir Kreilach’s goal in the dying moments of the game officially booked their spot in the 2021 MLS Playoffs as they defeat Sporting Kansas City on the road 1-0. Damir Kreilach’s last-minute goal sends RSL to playoffs with 1-0 win over SKC - RSL Soapbox

RSL won, and now they’ve got a matchup with Seattle in the first round. The Knee Jerk: RSL vs SKC - RSL Soapbox

Colorado claimed first place in the West, and Robin Fraser’s case for Coach of the Year grows that much stronger. Game Recap: Colorado Rapids finish 2021 regular season with a 5-2 win and FIRST PLACE IN THE WEST - Burgundy Wave

NWSL/WoSo

Expectations were high, but by the end of the regular season they were a speck of dust in Rodman’s rearview mirror. Washington Spirit’s Trinity Rodman reflects on her first NWSL season - Black And Red United

Aubrey Bledsoe, Julia Roddar, Sam Staab, & acting head coach Kris Ward explain the changes that have produced five shutouts in seven games. Washington Spirit enter NWSL playoffs in top form thanks to defensive changes - Black And Red United

Andi Sullivan should be in the MVP conversation. Andi Sullivan is the glue of the Washington Spirit – Equalizer Soccer

The Red Stars advanced to the NWSL semifinals for the sixth consecutive season. Mal Pugh Spoils Lloyd’s Last Dance | Chicago 1, Gotham 0 Recap - Hot Time In Old Town

The Spirit posted yet another shutout, advancing to the NWSL semifinals thanks to Ashley Hatch’s 113th minute goal. Resilient Washington Spirit down NC Courage 1-0 in NWSL playoffs - Black And Red United

USA

Stop consuming Barstool, like, years ago. A Business Insider report has several women discussing a pattern of violent sexual behavior from Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy.Alleged pattern of sexual violence and intimidation by Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy detailed in new report

World

Barcelona’s got their man, but it remains to be seen if Xavi is the solution to their problems. OFFICIAL: Xavi set to become Barcelona’s new manager - Barca Blaugranes

What’s on TV today?

11:45 AM - Newell’s Old Boys vs. Union Santa Fe (Primera División) - Paramount+

3:00 PM - Chapecoense vs. Flamengo (Brasileirão) - Paramount+

3:00 PM - Toluca vs. Leon (Liga MX Femenil) - TUDN

4:15 PM - Aldosivi vs. Boca Juniors (Primera División) - Paramount+

5:00 PM - Tigres UANL vs. Pumas UNAM (Liga MX Femenil) - TUDN