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Brazil vs Argentina postponed after government intervention due to covid protocols.

Brazil vs. Argentina suspended amid health concerns Photo by Marcello Zambrana/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

There was plenty of soccer all over the place this weekend, but the biggest stories seem to be instances when soccer didn’t happen - or where it only happened for a few minutes. In Brazil, quarantine rules relating to the ongoing covid pandemic and travel during it, and the Argentina national team’s decision to flout them, resulted in the game being interrupted and stopped after only six minutes. In Guinea, a World Cup Qualifier between Guinea and Morocco was put on hold when a coup began. Other soccer happened, and you can read about it below!

Seattle/Tacoma

Former Sounders Academy player Lucas Meek’s two goals powered the Huskies to a win. Meek's Brace Leads No. 5 UW to Win Over Grand Canyon - University of Washington Athletics

Time to start pre-planning for Reign and Defiance home games. Tacoma Rainiers announce 2022 schedule

Kids Grab & Go Crafts are available at all locations, and the September craft is a simple sewing kit! PCDL programs, services listed - Register Herald

The current run of form and results wouldn’t have been possible without Sam Laity. Sam Laity - the Catalyst for Change — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

OL Reign has been climbing up the NWSL standings since Laura Harvey made a midseason return as the team’s head coach after a four-year stretch in which she led the Utah Royals and worked at different levels of the U.S. national team setup. Laura Harvey on the importance of authenticity, balance and trust – The Athletic

7 of 9 possible points in the span of a week seems pretty good. Match Recap: OL Reign Use Depth to Find Draw Against Louisville on the Road — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

That’s a rough one, and the ref didn’t exactly help. TACOMA DEFIANCE FALLS 3-1 TO PHOENIX RISING FC FOR FIRST HOME LOSS OF THE SEASON - Tacoma Defiance

MLS/USL

Could Jason Kreis possibly the missing piece to the RSL puzzle, or any puzzle for that matter? Should RSL consider Jason Kreis for head coach gig? - RSL Soapbox

Eight is enough: LAFC 4, Sporting KC 0 - Angels on Parade
LAFC snap the winless streak after eight matches, scoring four goals in a shutout at home.

Romeo, Romeo, whereFor(t Lauderdale) art thou Romeo? David Beckham's son Romeo joins Fort Lauderdale CF - source

The Major League Soccer Players Association announced a new deal with video game makers Konami at an event prior to the 2021 MLS All-Star Game. MLSPA enters “a new phase” as players’ commercial opportunities blossom | US Soccer Players

Union fans were “yelling and shouting some profanities I can’t say.” Henry Kessler’s dark arts leads to magical moment for new Union fan - The Bent Musket

AUSTIN BOLD FC ANNOUNCES RYAN THOMPSON AS NEW HEAD COACH AND MARCELO SERRANO BECOMES SPORTING DIRECTOR

The Rapids are rapidly closing the gap between themselves and the Sounders. Game Recap: Late goal from Dominique Badji lifts the Rapids over San Jose - Burgundy Wave

NWSL/WoSo

Kim Little loves to beat Chelsea, and love that for her. New Beginnings: Kim Little

There’s some disconnect with the league’s claimed numbers for vaccination rates within teams and the fact that eight Washington Spirit players are apparently unvaccinated. Portland Thorns vs. Washington Spirit called off due to Covid-19 positive tests - Black And Red United

Twitter almost had as much fun as City did with this win. Everton 0-4 Man City: Twitter Reactions to the FAWSL Opener - Bitter and Blue

It turns out there is a good Arsenal team. Arsenal Women 3-2 Chelsea: Mead brace, Miedema lead Gunners to victory - The Short Fuse

Providence Park will host the NWSL Championship for the third time. Providence Park to host NWSL Championship on Nov. 20 - Stumptown Footy

The Pride overcame an early goal to equalize against the Dash. Orlando Pride bounce back for draw against Houston Dash - Orlando Sentinel

The FA Women’s Super League is back! With a full slate of six matches this weekend, we recap all the action below. FAWSL Week 1 Roundup: London is red with Arsenal’s win over Chelsea – Equalizer Soccer

USA

The US drew their second game in World Cup Qualifying. This is a good piece to doom-spiral to, if that’s what you’re into. 2022 World Cup Qualifying: USA 1-1 Canada - a disappointing result as the Americans fail to win at home - Stars and Stripes FC

World

Ahead of Morocco’s World Cup Qualifier against Guinea, a coup broke out. Fiorentina's Morocco players caught in Guinea coup - Football Italia

The experience has been a harrowing one, as Morocco’s players and staff have a plain waiting to evacuate them that they simply can’t reach. Vahid Halilhodzic, coach of Morocco, blocked in Guinea: "We hear shots" - The Team

The chaos in CONMEBOL qualifying is a bit zanier in nature, as Argentina had several players break quarantine protocols and Brazilian health authorities stopped the game after six minutes to remove the offending individuals. Brazil-Argentina game suspended after health authorities attempt to detain visiting players mid-game | Goal.com

In case you want to know how that happened. Brazil v. Argentina’s suspended match was BONKERS, and two Tottenham players were caught in the middle - Cartilage Free Captain

What’s on TV today?

12:00 PM - Côte d’Ivoire vs Cameroon (AFCON WCQ) - ESPN+

12:00 PM - Bolton Wanderers vs Burton Albion (League One) - ESPN+

3:00 PM - Toluca vs Necaxa (Liga MX Femenil) - TUDN USA

4:00 PM - Seattle U vs Duke (NCAA Men’s Soccer) - ESPN App

7:00 PM - Tijuana vs León (Liga MX Femenil) - ESPN+