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Royal Roundup: Reader question - what do you miss most about going to games?

MLS Lockout averted for a week, Messi’s insane salary, Berhalter making plans if MLS lockout happens, and more.

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Welcome to February! Here’s the soccer news highlights from the weekend.


  • What do European readers miss most about going to games? [FFT] What do you miss most about going to see RSL games? Please leave your comments.
  • Even after a much needed win, it’s pretty clear that Liverpool needs some fresh blood on defense. Here are six options. [WhoScored]
  • A Spanish newspaper dropped another bombshell about the Barcelona debt, they’re paying Lionel Messi $674 million a season! [CBS] The team is now threatening to sue the newspaper over the leak. [Goal]
  • US International Abby Dahlkemper made her debut for Manchester United, and Rose Lavelle returned from injury. [OGM]
  • Have you ever thought that publicity photo-shoots in the US were bad? Try some of these from Ireland! [Balls]
  • Josh Sargent returned to the starting 11 for Werder Bremen as the team tries to fight off relegation. Manager Florian Kohfeldt is predicting that he will be one of the Bundesliga’s top strikers in a few years. [SBI]
  • Police in the UK are investigating allegations of social media racism against several EPL players. [Guardian]
  • USWNT and Manchester City’s Tobin Heath out list for 12 weeks due to ankle injury. [90Min]
Manchester United Women v Bristol City Women - Barclays FA Women’s Super League Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images


  • There are several former USL standouts looking to get their first cap on the USMNT. [USL]
  • During the MLS Superdraft last week, there were no less than 49 USL League 2 current or former players selected. [USLL2]
  • Trinity Rodman (daughter of NBA’s Dennis) was picked 2nd by Washington Spirit in the NWSL draft, it’s her first visit to the D.C. area. She’s got USWNT vet Brianna Scurry as a mentor. [WPost]
  • USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter has some contingency plans prepared for players if MLS goes into a lockout. [FRS]
  • Aaron Herrera got his first cap with the USMNT as he was named to the starting 11 vs Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday. [USSoc] RSL’s Alvin Jones also made the T&T starting 11. [MLS] USMNT would go on to beat T&T 7-0. [NBC]
  • In USL-1, the Greenville Triumph has a new stadium in the works, they want to plant deeper roots in the city. [SSD]
  • Former Utah Royals midfielder Gunnhildur “Gunny” Jónsdóttir has been traded to Orlando Pride along with the rights to Erika Tymrak who will be coming out of retirement. [OrPride]


  • Former USWNT coach Jill Ellis is joining Sacramento Republic as they prepare to join MLS in 2023, and launch a NWSL team in 2022. [MLS]
  • Former Seattle Sounder Jordan Morris made his debut for Swansea City over the weekend when he came on as a late sub. [MLS]
  • Apparently Jozy Altidore, and some other players on the USMNT are getting some international attention for potential trade. [TheScore]
  • The MLS lockout has been averted for a week. The league put out a statement on Saturday extending the negotiations, [S&SF] but public opinion may be turning against the owners who are getting fed up with billionaires unwilling to make concessions. [Multiplex]

Video of the weekend: Christian Pulisic had a nice assist on a super goal for Chelsea FC.