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The Leagues Cup is turning into a summer World Cup style tournament.

Leagues Cup 2021: Semifinals - Santos Laguna v Seattle Sounders FC Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Seattle

Nick Scardina scores the game-winning goal as No. 3 Washington escapes with a 2-1 victory over Seattle U in overtime. UW men’s soccer beats rival Seattle U in a 2-1 thriller in overtime | The Seattle Times

MLS/USL

Concacaf has announced a new structure for its men’s club competitions ecosystem that will include an expanded Concacaf Champions League and individual regional cup competitions in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Concacaf launches major expansion of its Champions League as part of new calendar of regional club competitions

Inter Miami CF today announced Jorge and Jose Mas and David Beckham finalized the buyout of Marcelo Claure and Masayoshi Son. In addition, Ares Management (“Ares”) has joined the Club as a preferred equity investor through funds managed by its Credit Group. Inter Miami CF Announces Mas Brothers, Beckham Increase Ownership Stake in the Club | Inter Miami CF

In 2023, the Leagues Cup will become a monthlong event featuring every team in MLS and Liga MX and feed into the new CCL. CCL revamped again; MLS, Liga MX expand Leagues Cup to all teams - Sports Illustrated

Will an expanded, World Cup-style Leagues Cup be a good thing for MLS and Liga MX? ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle and Eric Gomez break it down. MLS, Liga MX revamping Leagues Cup - What we like, what we don't like about World Cup-style format

Concacaf announced on Tuesday a new and expanded Concacaf Champions League format beginning in the spring of 2024. The event will feature 27 teams, with 22 teams entering in Round One and a further five entering at the Round of 16 stage to join the 11 first-round winners. Concacaf announces expanded Champions League starting in 2024 | MLSSoccer.com

Back in 2019, I drove out to US men’s national team training in Phoenix, Arizona to watch the end of one of Gregg Berhalter’s earliest sessions. MLS' best and worst set-piece teams in 2021 | MLSSoccer.com

Landon Donovan’s team is now unbeaten in its last three matches as it continues the push for the postseason with eight matches remaining. Josh Yaro's 1st Loyal Goal Keys Victory Over Tacoma: 'A Little Bit of a Revenge' - Times of San Diego

NWSL/W-League

USL WOMEN’S AND MEN’S PROFESSIONAL LEAGUES TO HAVE CONSISTENT COMPENSATION STRUCTURE AND STANDARDS. USL Announces New Professional Division II Women’s Soccer League

The USL is looking to create more professional opportunities in the women’s game. USL launching women’s Division II league with ‘commitment to gender equity’ – The Athletic

The United Soccer League will create a professional Division II women’s league, the USL Super League, starting in 2023, it was announced Tuesday. USL announces new professional women's soccer league: USL Super League

USA

The group explicitly links the progress in women’s sports over the last 50 years to legalized abortion. Megan Rapinoe, Diana Taurasi among over 500 female athletes asking Supreme Court to protect abortion rights – The Athletic

A hatty for Alex Morgan and three assists for Rose Lavelle as the USWNT once again dominates. September 2021 International Friendly: USA 8-0 Paraguay - Pasta, chili, and goals - Stars and Stripes FC

The USWNT’s friendlies are a farewell for the retiring Carli Lloyd, but also a time to wonder what this team might be for the next World Cup cycle. USWNT in transition Assessing World Cup, Olympic cycles in terms of rebuilding team chemistry, tactics

World

It’s hard to depict soccer on TV, but hit comedy “Ted Lasso” has done it better than most: Just look at this famous free kick (with no CGI). 'Ted Lasso' and its Cristiano Ronaldo moment: How the hit show strives to get the soccer right

Hungary are ordered to play two matches behind closed doors by Fifa following the racism English players experienced at the World Cup qualifier in Budapest on 2 September. Hungary to play matches behind closed doors after racist behaviour of fans at England game - BBC Sport

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri says Wednesday’s match at Spezia is a “relegation six-pointer” as they seek a first Serie A win of the season. Massimiliano Allegri: Spezia game is a 'relegation six-pointer', says Juventus boss - BBC Sport

Reading are set to be deducted between six and nine points by the English Football League for breaching financial rules. Reading in line for points deduction over breach of EFL financial rules | Reading | The Guardian

A Fulham fan explains the joys and pain of the season-ticket friendship in an extract from a new book by female football writers. Special bond: how chance – and Kafka – turns football strangers into friends | Soccer | The Guardian

It may not be soccer, but this is still awesome for rugby and sport overall. Sara Cox is to make history as the first woman to referee a Premiership game when she takes charge of Harlequins v Worcester Warriors. Sara Cox to become first woman to referee Premiership game - BBC Sport

Culture

Meet the online content creators beating the odds to build successful careers from their passions. How ‘nerd’ culture powered through the pandemic - BBC News

What’s on TV?

9:30 AM - Spezia v. Juventus - Serie A - Paramount+

9:30 AM - Salernitana v. Hellas Verona - Serie A - Paramount+

9:45 AM - NEC v. Utrecht - Eredivisie - ESPN+

9:45 AM - Go Ahead Eagles v. PSV - Eredivisie - ESPN+

10:30 AM - Sevilla v. Valencia - La Liga - ESPN+

10:30 AM - Espanyol v. Deportivo Alaves - La Liga - ESPN+

11:00 AM - Groningen v. Vitesse - Eredivisie - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Milan v. Venezia - Serie A - Paramount+

11:45 AM - Cagliari v. Empoli - Serie A - Paramount+

11:45 AM - Chelsea v. Aston Villa - EFL League Cup - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Manchester United v. West Ham United - EFL League Cup - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Wolves v. Tottenham - EFL League Cup - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Rangers v. Livingston - Scottish League Cup - Paramount+

11:45 AM - Dundee v. St. Johnstone - Scottish League Cup - Paramount+

12:00 PM - Feyenoord v. Heerenveen - Eredivisie - ESPN+

12:00 PM - PEC Zwolle v. Sparta Rotterdam - Eredivisie - ESPN+

1:00 PM - Villarreal v. Elche - La Liga - ESPN+

1:00 PM - Real Madrid v. Mallorca - La Liga - ESPN+

2:00 PM - HFX Wanderers v. CF Montréal - Canadian Championship - FS2

4:00 PM - Charlotte Independence v. Miami FC - USL Championship - ESPN+

4:00 PM - Charleston Battery v. New York RB II - USL Championship - ESPN+

4:30 PM - Inter Miami v. Nashville SC - MLS - ESPN+

4:30 PM - São Paulo v. América Mineiro - Brasileirão - Paramount+

4:30 PM - Atlanta United II v. Birmingham Legion - USL Championship - ESPN+

5:00 PM - Chicago Fire v. New England Revolution - MLS - ESPN+

5:00 PM - New York Red Bulls v. NYCFC - MLS - ESPN+

5:00 PM - Monterrey v. Toluca - Liga MX - ESPN+

5:00 PM - Comunicaciones v. Alianza - CONCACAF Champions League - FS2, TUDN

5:00 PM - Memphis 901 v. Indy Eleven - USL Championship - ESPN+

6:00 PM - Austin Bold v. El Paso Locomotive - USL Championship - ESPN+

7:00 PM - Club Leon v. Sounders - Leagues Cup - ESPN2

7:00 PM - Marathón v. Real Estelí - CONCACAF Champions League - FS2, TUDN

7:00 PM - Oakland Roots v. San Diego Loyal - USL Championship - ESPN+

7:00 PM - Tacoma Defiance v. Sacramento Republic - USL Championship - ESPN+