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Royal Roundup: MLS suspends SKC player for gambling on league games

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RSL youth Kei sets US age record, Neville rants vs referees, Ballon d’Or nominees, France wins Leagues Cup, and more...

MLS: Los Angeles FC at Sporting Kansas City Gary Rohman-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Soccer has suspended Sporting Kansas City’s midfielder Felipe Hernandez for the remainder of the 2021 season. After an investigation it was determined that he violated the league ethics rules regarding gambling on matches. He placed bets on two separate MLS matches - not involving SKC. USL has also suspended him for the rest of their season as he has also played matches for SKC’s affiliate Sporting Kansas City II. He is eligible to end suspension on Jan. 1st if he completes conditions set by the league; SKC coach Peter Vermes indicates that he would welcome Felilpe back.

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REAL SALT LAKE / UTAH

  • [MLS] RSL academy product Axel Kei made his professional debut for the Real Monarchs Saturday night, and entered the US History books as the youngest ever player to play in an American pro sports match.

MLS / USL / NWSL

USA

  • [SSFC][ASN] USMNT beat Jamaica 2-0 in World Cup qualifying match. Pepi and Aaronson put in stellar performances.
  • [MLS] USMNT drop World Cup qualifying match in Panama after 1-0 loss.
  • [WaPo] The problems uncovered in NWSL over the past two weeks is only a symptom. US Soccer is the underlying problem.

INTERNATIONAL

  • [FFT] The Ballon d’Or nominees for 2021 have been announced.
  • [CBS][Goal] France comes from behind to beat Spain 2-1 in the UEFA Nations League final.

LAST WORD

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