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Major Link Soccer: Columbus Crew win Campeones Cup

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The Crew took down Cruz Azul 2-0.

2021 Campeones Cup - Deportivo Cruz Azul v Columbus Crew Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

MLS

Once again, we’re back to ranking things. Once again, we all agree Carles Gil is good at soccer. For the first time, we’re pretty sure Hany Mukhtar is also good at soccer. MLS MVP Power Rankings: Hany Mukhtar buzz grows, but can he catch Carles Gil? | MLSSoccer.com

A 2-0 scoreline sees the home team best their Liga MX rivals in Cruz Azul. Columbus wins first Campeones Cup in Crew history 2-0 vs. Cruz Azul - Massive Report

A US side defeating their Mexican counterparts 2-0 on a crisp night in Columbus, Ohio? Perhaps nature really is healing. Three takeaways from Columbus Crew's massive Campeones Cup win over Cruz Azul | MLSSoccer.com

NWSL

The league’s officials have come under fire for prominent mistakes, but a closer look reveals a lack of support on and off the field. What it's like to be an NWSL referee – The Athletic

Growing up in New Jersey, Sabrina Flores had one big dream: to become a professional soccer player. Sabrina Flores Says "No More Side Hustles," Highlights Importance of Community at Gotham FC - Jersey Sporting News

USA

No Pulisic or Reyna, but McKennie returns. USMNT October World Cup qualifying roster revealed - Stars and Stripes FC

The US men’s national team roster is in for next month’s trio of qualifiers, which see the US host Jamaica on October 7, head down to Panama three days later and then come back home to face Costa Rica three days after that. Three big takeaways from the USMNT roster for October World Cup qualifiers | MLSSoccer.com

The USMNT have three huge World Cup qualifiers coming up but there are so many big questions swirling around their roster. Huge questions surround USMNT roster for World Cup qualifiers

World

Manchester City sail into the FA Cup semi-finals with an outstanding second-half performance against Leicester City. Manchester City Women 6-0 Leicester City Women: Holders turn on style to reach semi-finals - BBC Sport

Chelsea will face Man City in the last four of the FA Cup after substitutes Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby both come on to score against Birmingham. Birmingham City Women 0-4 Chelsea Women: Kerr and Kirby on target again for dominant Blues - BBC Sport

Arsenal fought back from a goal down to beat Spurs 5-1, while Man City’s Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw set up a semi-final with Chelsea. Women’s FA Cup: Arsenal sink Spurs, City to face Chelsea after Shaw hat-trick | Women’s FA Cup | The Guardian

The Premier League was “improperly influenced” by other clubs before blocking the takeover of Newcastle United, a tribunal hears. Premier League ‘abused position’ in Newcastle takeover, tribunal hears - BBC Sport

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo says he is not panicking after a run of three Premier League defeats. Nuno Espirito Santo: Not the time to panic after losing run, says Tottenham boss - BBC Sport

Sergio Busquets said Barcelona’s situation is “critical” after Benfica inflicted a second successive 3-0 Champions League defeat on them. Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets admits club in ‘critical’ situation after Benfica loss

Barcelona’s financial crisis has deepened after LaLiga cut €300 million from their spending limit, with six clubs now allowed to spend more. Barcelona financial crisis deepens as LaLiga cut €300m from spending cap

Messi, Neymar and Mbappé leave side playing almost 4-3-0-3. It earned a win against Manchester City but may not always work. PSG’s forwards are brilliant but how far can they go with a ‘broken team’? | Paris Saint-Germain | The Guardian

Flamengo are just one win away from a second Copa Libertadores title in two years after defeating Ecuador’s Barcelona SC 2-0 on Wednesday to set-up an all-Brazilian final against holders Palmeiras. Flamengo cruise past Barcelona to reach Libertadores final

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