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Royal Roundup: RSL knocks Seattle out of the playoffs

Coaching changes in MLS and NWSL, USWNT play Australia Friday, Qatar hired a spy in World Cup bid, and more...

MLS: Playoffs- Round One-Real Salt Lake at Seattle Sounders FC Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Thanksgiving!!

How about we start by giving thanks for RSL’s surprise PK shootout win that knocked the Seattle Sounders out of the playoffs. We did learn a few things from the game, first was a reminder that David Ochoa is really starting to enjoy being a scoundrel. Second is another reminder that anything can happen in the playoffs - RSL was the only away team to advance to the semifinals. Third, the game revealed just how much we rely on Albert Rusnak to shuttle between defense and attack.

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REAL SALT LAKE / UTAH

  • [SLT] Albert Rusnak is out of contract at the end of this year, but wants to remain with RSL.
  • [90Min] The good, bad and ugly of every remaining western conf. playoff team.
  • [ESPN] MLS Semifinal playoff predictions.

MLS / USL / NWSL

  • [CBS][SI] Rory Dames resigned as coach of Chicago Red Stars after NWSL cup loss amid claims of verbal and emotional abuse of players.
  • [NWSL][FRS] Rights to Abby Dahlkemper traded to expansion side San Diego Wave.
  • [TheScore] Jozy Altidore set to leave Toronto and become a free agent.
  • [USL] Tampa Bay Rowdies will host Orange County in the USL-C final.
  • [90Min] Toronto FC interim coach Javier Perez will not return as head coach.
  • [90Min] Toronto FC’s general manager Ali Curtis has left for a ‘new opportunity’.
  • [MLS] One big question facing each playoff semifinalist.
  • [FRS] Chicago Fire name Ezra Hendrickson as new head coach.
  • [MLS] Bob Bradley announced as Toronto FC’s new sporting director and head coach.
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USA

  • [CBS] A new record was set Tuesday with 7 US players participating in the UEFA Champions League.
  • [USSOC] The USWNT will play a friendly match with Australia on Friday. It will air on FS2 at 9 PM MST.

INTERNATIONAL

  • [SI] Qatar hired an ex-CIA officer to spy on FIFA and rivals during World Cup bid.
  • [FIFA] The short list for FIFA best players of 2021 have been announced.