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Royal Roundup: August 25, 2018

Rusnak earns Goal of the Week honors, Austin a step closer to reality, Spirit part ways with Gabarra, Spanish Threaten to Block Match in U.S.

MLS: Real Salt Lake at Houston Dynamo Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The Royal Family

  • A-Rod’s first-half strike leads Utah Royals to 1-0 win at Washington (KSL)
  • Real Salt Lake’s Albert Rusnak distinguishes himself as a leader (Deseret News)
  • Domestic violence charges against Monarchs coach dropped (KSL)
  • Rusnak edges out Martinez for Week 25 Goal of the Week honors (MLS)

MLS

  • MLS Austin a step closer to reality as name, badge, and colors are unveiled (SBI)
  • Re-living the top 5 late-season turnarounds in Major League Soccer history (MLS)
  • Ruiz, Meola and Schelotto: The Top 10 best individual MLS seasons of all time (Goal)
  • Where does Josef Martinez rank among 2018’s worldwide goalscorers? (MLS)
  • How Bob Bradley built a unique, effective midfield for LAFC (MLS)
  • Despite Latest Progress, Nashville MLS Stadium Plan Still Has Hurdles to Clear (Soccer Stadium Digest)

Other US Leagues

USA

  • Michael Bradley, USMNT veterans will still have role in team - Dave Sarachan (ESPN)
  • Where are the standard-bearers of the USMNT’s much-needed defensive revolution? On loan or playing in MLS, mostly (The Athletic)
  • Five U.S. youth internationals to watch this NCAA season (Stars and Stripes)
  • Pugh, O’Hara Return From Injury for USWNT’s Last Pre-World Cup Qualifying Matches (Sports Illustrated)
  • The Soccer Hall of Fame’s “Essential XI” is infuriating (Yahoo)

International

  • Goal picks Mexico national team roster for Uruguay, United States matches (Goal)
  • Reports: Spurs’ USMNT back Carter-Vickers moving toward loan (NBC Sports)
  • Lewandowski confirms he asked Bayern for a transfer this summer (Pro Soccer Talk)
  • Spanish Soccer Players Threaten to Block Match in U.S. (New York Times)
  • Gerrard rallies Rangers for final Europa League push (Soccer News)
  • Celtic have to be much better (Soccer News)