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Royal Roundup: Marla Messing named interim CEO of NWSL

Donovan out of RSL coach contention, Pepi asks for transfer, USWNT play friendly, FIFA cancels vote on bi-annual WC, and more...

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President & CEO of FIFA Womens World Cup Marla Messing at the Boston Harbor Hotel Photo by Frank O’Brien/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Marla Messing has been named ‘interim CEO’ of the league. She has previously been CEO of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Along with this appointment, the existing league executive committee has been dissolved, and the board of governors has started a global search for the next commissioner.



  • [ESPN] Landon Donovan has withdrawn his name from consideration for RSL coach.
  • [SLT] Why RSL may not name a new coach before the season ends.
  • [90Min] Damir Kreilach is 3rd in this site’s top 5 players of the week.
  • [MLS] Pundit predicts who makes the Western conference playoffs (it’s not RSL).
  • [SSD] The sale of RSL is still ‘in the works’.
  • [SocWire] BYU in 15th place on latest NCAA D1 rankings.


  • [90Min] Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema indicates that he’s willing to play in MLS when his contract is up.
  • [CBS] FC Dallas striker Ricardo Pepi is attracting attention from some big European teams, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax have all expressed interest.
  • [MLS] Predicting the Eastern conference playoff teams. (See West above).
  • [BDS] According to some reports, FC Dallas striker Ricardo Pepi has asked for a transfer.
  • [MLS] Four priorities set for 2022 MLS Next player development program.


  • [ESPN] Jill Ellis explains FIFA’s reasoning behind a bi-annual Women’s World Cup - opportunity to grow the sport for Women.
  • [USSOC] The USWNT will play it’s first of two friendly games vs Korea Republic (South Korea) on Thursday night.


  • [CBS] 13 days after getting new owners, Newcastle United coach Steve Bruce leaves by ‘mutual consent’.
  • [Goal][Guardian] A 63 year old Manchester City fan was attacked and left in critical condition in Belgium after a UEFA Champions League match. Five have been arrested for the crime.
  • [USAT] The planned December vote on FIFA’s bi-annual World Cup plan has been put on hold. They will now hold a remote ‘global summit’ to discuss it instead.


Is there anything you the readers would like to see more or less of in the Roundup? Recaps of games from MLS or other leagues? Anything you would like to have added? Comments and suggestions welcome.