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Royal Roundup, Sept. 22

Here’s the latest from around the wide world of soccer to end the work week.

New York Red Bulls v Sporting Kansas City: Final - 2017 U.S. Open Cup Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Real Salt Lake

Utah native and former RSL player Phanuel Kavita coping with Hurricane Maria - The Salt Lake Tribune
Kavita has been playing with Puerto Rico FC, and given Hurricane Maria's devastation of the island, there's a lot to talk about.

Photos: Second-grader with leukemia gets an assist from RSL's Leo the Lion | Deseret News
This is a heart-warming story about our favorite mascot.

RSL's Joao Plata called up to Ecuador national team - The Salt Lake Tribune
Plata joins Rimando and Rusnak in the call-up list.


José Andrés confirms pupusas at Audi Field - Black And Red United
I've had these pupusas. They're good!

USMNT and Sporting KC star Matt Besler finds spotlight in book debut |
I know what I said about Sporting KC, but this actually might be an interesting book from an RSL player's brother.

With Jay Heaps' departure, 2017 breaks MLS record for coaching turnover |
It's been a crazy year for MLS coaches.

Stejskal: LA Galaxy held talks with Bob Bradley before he was hired by LAFC |
Speaking of coaches...

US Open Cup

Sporting Kansas City wins 2017 US Open Cup - The Blue Testament
It's a real shame this happened.

USL / Real Monarchs

Hoffman’s Leadership, Goals Helping Monarchs
The official USL site is profiling 14-goal-strong Chandler Hoffman, who should be on RSL's radar for a first-team contract in 2018.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in USL, one refereeing crew made a big mistake, failing to send off a player who had been shown two yellow cards. That player, Victor Vasquez from Phoenix Rising, was substituted only a few minutes after the refereeing mistake.


United fans’ new Romelu Lukaku song is stupid and racist. - The Busby Babe
It's best to not let these things slide, and The Busby Babe is one of many Manchester United blogs taking it on.

Spurs should adopt Chelsea's strong stance on anti-Semitic chants - Howler Magazine
More troubling chants, and more appropriate condemnation.

Dinamo Zagreb coach Mario Cvitanovic attacked by masked men with baseball bats | FourFourTwo
Not all is well in world soccer.

Amazon and Facebook keen on Premier League rights, say Manchester United | Football | The Guardian
Will you be watching the English Premier League where you also buy your laundry detergent ... or will it be where you air your dirty laundry?

Chicharito, Miguel Layun lead charge as soccer world supports Mexico after earthquake |
Enough about the bad in world soccer. There's so much good to be had, too.