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Royal Roundup - Sept. 29, 2017

Rimando wins SOTW, Monarchs top Sacramento, all 24 under 24 announced, Doyle retires, Piatti extends contract, referees banned, and more.

MLS: Real Salt Lake at Vancouver Whitecaps FC Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports


  • Our own Nick Rimando won SOTW by a wide margin. (MLS)
  • Real Monarchs top Sacramento to pull 5 points clear. (USL)
  • Mark Briggs is in the running for USL’s coach of the year. (USL)
  • Connor Sparrow makes short list for potential Goalkeeper of the year. (USL)


Gocomics - The Flying McCoys

US Soccer

  • NASL confirmed what everyone suspected - without court injunction, the league will close for 2018. (SFGate)
  • Audio file - NASL media conference call on the lawsuit. (Patreon free link)
  • North Carolina Courage clinch NWSL shield. (Soccer ‘n Sweet Tea)
  • Could a few changes spark the USMNT’s chances? (FourFourTwo)
  • Bruce Arena confirms that the USMNT can’t afford the risk of bringing in new players this late in qualifying - Sorry Justen Glad! (Goal)
  • Worst crests in North American Soccer (FourFourTwo)


  • Teams need to stop exaggerating attendance numbers. (Guardian)
  • Referees from a match in Malawi have been banned after match fixing attempt fails. (ProSoccerTalk)
  • A look back at England’s greatest humiliation - losing to the US in 1950. (WorldSoccer)
  • Fox to “Go Heavy” on World Cup ‘18 coverage. (SoccerAmerica)


  • MLS ‘real life skill’ challenge with Brooks Lennon.
  • Highlights - Sacramento vs Real Monarchs.