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Royal Roundup - Oct. 16, 2017

Rusnak star rising, Johnson reinstated, Thorns win NWSL, USL playoffs nearly set, Gulati to remain amid chaos, and more.

MLS: Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles Galaxy Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports


  • Albert Rusnak is a rising star in MLS. (MLS)
  • Update on the Joao Plata suspension from Equador’s national team. (PST)
  • How Mike Petke tore down and rebuilt RSL. (MLS)
  • Real Monarchs looking forward to new stadium. (USL)


  • Will Johnson reinstated to play for Orlando City. (MLS)
  • Jason Kreis hints ad major offseason turnover for Orlando City. (MLS)
  • Should the MLS expansion draft stop? (FourFourTwo)

Other US Leagues

  • Portland Thorns beat NC Courage to win NWSL championship. (Goal)
  • Who will be USL’s MVP? - One Monarch, and one former RSL player in top 5. (USL)
  • USL Playoff bracket. (Wikipedia) - Cleats


  • Projecting the USMNT World Cup ‘22 team. (Goal)
  • Bruce Arena may be out as coach, but Sunil Gulati remains... for now. (EOS) He asserts that development structure review will happen. (MLS) An interim coach will be selected in a week or two. (SoccerAmerica) Presumably it will be Tab Ramos (PST)
  • Gulati remaining as head of US Soccer means more of the same. (PST) Another site also calls for him to step aside. (Goal)
  • Election process for US Soccer leadership explained. (SoccerAmerica)
  • US will play a full schedule of November friendlies according to Gulati. (SBI)
  • Jermaine Jones wants more US players in Europe. (Goal)
  • Tata Martino for USMNT? (Goal)
  • Professional Football - NFL is losing fans; Soccer growing fastest. (Gallup)


  • FIFA president Gianni Infantino urges VAR after Panama’s phantom goal. (SBI)
  • French Ligue 1 roundup. (PST)


  • Monarchs vs Los Dos highlights.
  • Let’s just call this the Tim Howard promo reel.