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Royal Roundup: US Olympic hopes dashed

Thierry Henry quits social media over racism, USMNT gets win over N. Ireland, RSL opens new Arizona training complex, and more

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Honduras v USA - 2020 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Semifinals Photo by Refugio Ruiz/Getty Images

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Justin Glad, Aaron Herrera and David Ochoa will all be returning to Utah as the US U-23’s Olympic dreams come to an end. [Guardian][Goal] Coach Jason Kreis classified it as “a tragedy”. [ESPN][NBCS]


  • Portugal was denied a stoppage time game winning goal in their World Cup qualifier vs Serbia. Replays showed a goal, but VAR was not available for the match. [ESPN]
  • Ronaldo stormed off the pitch before the final whistle in protest, and he has a point about the lack of VAR or other goal line technology that could have been used. [ESPN]
  • Thierry Henry is quitting social media due to unchecked racism and bullying. [CBS]
  • There players from Wales were sent home for breaking quarantine rules during World Cup qualifying match. [Guardian]
  • Real Madrid are looking to sell 6 senior players to raise funds to sign two big names. [SportsLens]
  • Honduras and Mexico book tickets to the Olympics. [FIFA]
  • Concacaf is entering the final phase of certifying referees to use VAR in future events. The current class of Central American and Caribbean referees are participating. [CONCACAF]
  • The prospect of a Women’s Club World Cup is moving ahead quickly. [Guardian]


  • Some burning questions about the US U-23 and senior teams. [ESPN]
  • US failure to qualify for the Olympics yet again is complicated. [WaPo][FRS]
  • USMNT gets first ever win vs Northern Ireland. [USAT]
  • Three thoughts on the USMNT win over Northern Ireland. [Multiplex]
  • And some thoughts on the US U-23 loss to Honduras. [ASN][FRS]
  • US Open Cup has eliminated the opening rounds for 2021 due to Covid travel concerns. Will start with Round of 16. [Score]


  • The first predictions are in for MLS end of year awards. [Multiplex]
  • USL have chosen the teams that will participate in the Covid-reduced 2021 US Open Cup. [USL]
  • Nationwide insurance joins growing list of NWSL sponsors. [USAT]
  • Real Salt Lake announced a new training campus in Arizona as a home to the RSL-AZ U13-U19 academy teams. [RSL]



Former teammates for the Real Monarchs; Luis Palma consoles David Ochoa after the US loss.