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Royal Roundup: Sacramento Republic FC joining MLS in peril

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Celtic’s 12 year Scottish Cup run ends, Ireland may bid for World Cup 2030, Seth Jahn removed from US Athlete’s Council, and more.

Monarchs Sacramento

Welcome to March, it’s time for MLS preseason! Hopefully we’ll get some news about ownership, and finally get to see the team in action again.

MLS got some unfortunate news just before the weekend. The primary backer of future expansion team Sacramento Republic FC has pulled his support citing rising costs due to the pandemic. MLS will search for a new investor in hopes of salvaging the bid. [SSD][MLS]


INTERNATIONAL

  • 100 years ago today (March 1st) FIFA elected Jules Rimet as president. He served for 33 years, and was the driving force in creating the World Cup competition. [FIFA]
  • St. Johnstone beat Livingston 1-0 to win their first Scottish League cup in their 137 year history. It also ended Celtic’s run of 12 consecutive cup wins. [Guardian]
  • US International Tyler Adams rallied the defense for RB Leipzig in a comeback 3-2 win over Borussia Moenchengladbac in the Bundesliga. [SBI]
  • The coach for Manchester United is claiming referees won’t give them penalty kicks due to “outside pressure”. [NBC]
  • Bundesliga side Schalke has fired it’s coach Christian Gross along with 3 members of his coaching staff. [Goal]
  • Ireland is looking into the possibility of bidding for the 2030 World Cup, possibly as a joint bid with England. [Balls]

USA

  • US Soccer overturns it’s policy requiring players to stand during the National Anthem. [USAT]
  • US Soccer’s Athlete’s Council has voted to remove Seth Jahn after he made racial comments during a meeting. [Guardian] The decision reveals that US Soccer still has a long way to go to eliminate racism. [SSF]
  • US Youth Soccer playoffs are in full swing, here’s the weekend’s results. [SocWire]
  • 20 years ago the USMNT beat Mexico 2-0 starting the first of four consecutive “dos a cero” results. [FRS]
  • NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird has been named to the U.S. Soccer Federation’s board of directors. [ESPN]
Portland Thorns FC v North Carolina Courage

MLS

  • Orlando City’s contract with Jonathan Suarez has been terminated following an investigation after his arrest for sexual battery. [SBI]
  • Six year LA Galaxy veteran Rafael Garcia announced his retirement. [MLS]
  • David Beckham wants to bring Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to MLS. [IBS]
  • Five questions that may define the MLS 2021 season. [MLS]

FLASHBACK

  • In the 2nd leg of the CCL back in Utah, Real Salt Lake beat Columbus Crew 4-1 to advance. [3/1/11]
  • With preseason over, RSL finalizes their roster for the upcoming season. Here’s who made the cut. [3/1/12]
  • Javi Morales back in training after injury, and other notes from preseason training. [3/1/13]
  • RSL revealed it’s new away jersey for the 2015-16 season, big surprise it’s white! [3/1/15]
  • A 1-1 draw with Tigres UANL ends RSL’s hopes of another CCL run. [3/2/16]
  • A look at homegrown players that are the future for RSL. [3/2/17]

VIDEO

For those newer fans who never got to see Andy Williams play, here’s a small taste. This was the 4th goal for RSL in the CCL win (flashback above), taken by Dan MacArthur.