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FC Rubin Kazan v FC Zenit Saint Petersburg Russian Premier League
 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (L) used to be a professional soccer player. Now he’s a conscripted soldier forced to fight a war.
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A Note About Hurricane Ian and The Mane Land - The Mane Land
The weather is undefeated and should never be challenged.
Related: The Washington Air Force National Guard sent a team to Florida.

Sporting KC v Seattle Sounders: Preview, Predictions & How to Watch - The Blue Testament
Sporks are spoiler driven.

Bruce Arena on the Revs: “We have to get it better for next year” - The Bent Musket
Insert DoYouThough-dot-gif

Cucho Hernandez suspended for Columbus Crew for offensive language
The Crew did not give him the proper on-boarding.

other men’s club soccer

St Louis CITY2 Advances to MLS NEXT Pro Western Conference Finals | St. Louis SC
How did St Louis City 2 make the West Final?

Former Everton star Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to fight for Russia, Vladimir Putin in Ukraine, reservists
Signs that a nation is losing a war.


ESPN chronicles NWSL’s year of reckoning in new E60 episode ‘Truth Be Told’ - Angels on Parade
The 90-minute special chronicles a breaking point in 2021.

Storylines | Pride at OL Reign | Orlando City
Pride are in Seattle as Reign go for the Shield on Saturday,

Ashley Sanchez and Karina Rodriguez Ignite A New Path for Latinas
The future of American women’s soccer is more Latin.

Angel City FC’s Simone Charley more than a super sub - Angels on Parade
One of the best parts of expansion is learning more about the players.

How Red Stars rookie Ava Cook defied doubters to reach NWSL
D1 soccer better start paying attention to recruiting, because they’re missing out on the Cooks and Balcers in the nation.

other women’s club soccer

BYU hit by fresh allegations of racist abuse from crowd at athletic event | The Guardian
Fresh allegations of racist slurs being used at a BYU women's soccer game have emerged, a month after similar claims involving the Duke volleyball team.

USL W League solidifies westward expansion with creation of Northwest Division
Olympia will have a top-flight amateur women’s team.

United States National Team

Which MLS-based USMNTers are going to the World Cup?
There are reasons to think that Yedlin, Morris and Roldan all go.

USA vs. Saudi Arabia, 2022 friendly; What we learned - Stars and Stripes FC
Did we learn anything? Yes. We just didn’t like what we learned.

USMNT September Friendlies Illustrated Box Score: quixotic almost describes it - Stars and Stripes FC
This is comedy.

USWNT roster features return of Crystal Dunn for friendlies; Alex Morgan out with injury - The Athletic
Welcome back mama Dunn.

USWNT roster named for England, Spain friendlies - Stars and Stripes FC
Two great opponents. These will be fun matches.

Puget Sound soccer

Presenting the 2022 End-of-Season Simulator - Sounder At Heart
This FanPost goes over all possible results, including maximum chaos.

Musqueam art, design and soccer culture to feature in EA Sports™ FIFA 23 - Musqueam
Will I only play on the Musqueam-inspired VOLTA FOOTBALL Pitch? yes.

other stuff

D&D’s newest push is into classrooms around the world - Polygon
Free tools for classes and clubs in schools.

NPCs for social and exploration encounters | Full Moon Storytelling
Quick index card NPCs with the tools you need outside of combat

What to Watch

A selection of mostly likely-to-be-fun matches selected from LiveSoccerTV


7:00 PM PT — San Diego Wave vs North Carolina Courage on Paramount+. Your Reign rooting guide is that you are all Courage fans tonight.


NWSL rooting guide — Gotham over Thorns so Reign can take their 3rd Shield (3p). Spirit over Dash for the lols (4p). Racing over Current so Reign can maintain their chance at the bye week (4:30p)

7:00 PM PT — OL Reign vs Orlando Pride at Lumen Field on Twitch. There’s a Shield on the line. Saturday would make a great time to see this talent-laden squad live.

MLS rooting guide — Dallas over Rapids (12:30p). Earthquakes over Loons (7p). Austin over Whitecaps (7p). Galaxy over RSL, because this gives Seattle the best chance of catching two though it means they can’t catch Galaxy. (7:30p).

4:00 PM PT — Greenville Triumph vs Tucson on ESPN+. Eric Kinzner’s side hasn’t lost in five matches have earned 1.89 ppm when he plays.


6:00 AM PT — Manchester City vs Manchester United on Telemundo and Peacock. The Manchester Derby in English is relegated to streaming. Probably because one of the teams isn’t that much fun.

MLS rooting guide — LAFC over Timbers (Noon).

2:00 PM PT — Sporting KC vs Seattle Sounders FC on FS1 and FOX Deportes. The Sounders must win.

2:00 PM PT — Columbus Crew II vs Toronto II on You’re rooting for former Sounders Alec Diaz and Paul Rothrock with TFC2 in this one. If the Little Reds win Defiance would host the Final, if they also win.

5:30 PM PT — St. Louis City II vs Tacoma Defiance on Will the team continue their rise to destiny? Probably. They lost on the road to SLCII 4-3 in their first road match of the year.

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