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Royal Roundup: CF Montreal get a new coach

MLS: Montreal Impact-Press Conference
Wilfried Nancy, 2nd from left
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New Owner watch: 61 days since the league took over. Mr. Alex Vejar over at the Tribune teased some ‘new RSL information’ over social media yesterday (apparently not related to team ownership), but as yet nothing has come out. We’re all waiting to see what he’s dug up!

In more positive news, MLS has announced that it will release home game schedules for every team later today (Wednesday). The rest of the schedule will be announced later this month.


INTERNATIONAL

  • Five players for Rangers FC have been charged by the Scottish FC over a breach of lockdown orders. [FFT]
  • Robbie Keane says he wants to be the “best coach he can be” in a recent interview. [Guardian]
  • The far north-eastern corner of India is the location of one of the most unusual locations for a soccer pitch. [FIFA]
  • Germany’s Bundesliga generated $4.5 billion in revenue during the 2020-21 season, only a 5.4% drop from previous season. [USAT]
  • A new UEFA Champions League format is in final stages of debate. May include expanding the competition to 36 teams. [SportsLens]
  • Germany’s head coach Joachim Löw announced he is stepping down after this year’s European Championship. [USAT] Here’s 11 potential candidates who could replace him. [Goal]
DFB Press Conference Photo by Thomas Böcker-DFB/Handout via Getty Images

USA

  • Predictions for the USMNT roster for the March friendlies. [SBI]
  • USWNT will face Sweden on April 10th for an international friendly. [SBI]
  • Ranking the wingers for the USMNT - former RSL players Corey Baird and Sebastian Saucedo finish off the list. [Benchkings]

MLS/USL/NWSL/UWS

  • 10 USL Championship preseason games to watch. [USLC]
  • CF Montreal announce Wilfried Nancy as head coach, and announce that they will play their home games in Fort Lauderdale due to Canadian travel restrictions. [USAT]
  • NWSL has released the full schedule for the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup. [NWSL]
  • Former UWSNT player Aly Wagner has joined the ownership group for Queensboro FC before they join the USL Championship in 2022. She will also serve as a strategic advisor for the team. [USLC]
  • The United Women’s Soccer league welcomes it’s 7th team in the Southwest Conference as Wilco FC from Williamson County Texas joins. [UWS]
  • Odds for every MLS team winning the MLS Cup. RSL tied for 21st at +6600. [MLS]
  • Real Monarchs have signed a new Asst. Coach. [RSL]

FLASHBACK

  • With all the lockout threats this year, remember when MLS players were ready to strike two weeks before the season was due to start. [3/11/10]
  • Real Salt Lake’s standout draft pick Sebastian Velasquez introduced himself to fans. [3/10/12]
  • The Soapbox’s Matt Montgomery analyzed RSL’s winning goal in the opener vs LA Galaxy. [3/11/14]
  • RSL deployed a new 4-3-3 formation in the first game of the season, we break down some observations how it didn’t work. [3/10/15]
  • RSL traded the rights to academy prospect Ben Spencer to Toronto FC for TAM. In retrospect it was a good trade for RSL since he only played 5 games for TFC. [3/10/16]

VIDEO

A 21 year old French-Algerian girl is using freestyle skills to inspire young women players. [FIFA]