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Royal Roundup: Manchester City’s 29 game unbeaten streak ends

Barcelona has a new pres., Wenger says USMNT is poised for success, MLS investigating Inter Miami and more.

Soccer: International Champions Cup-FC Bayern at Manchester City Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

New Owner watch: 59 days since the league took over, and still not a rumor to be found. On the positive side, it also means there’s no rumors of anyone wanting to move the team either.

For a bit of fun, here are 11 abstract football (soccer) terms that don’t really exist. From “the channels”, to “parking the bus”. How many do you recognize? [Balls]


INTERNATIONAL

  • Are Messi and Ronaldo millstones, weighing down their respective clubs? [Guardian]
  • Fiji was a pioneer in Women’s World Soccer, and have launched a new 6 team women’s league to prepare for the 2023 World Cup. [FIFA]
  • Barcelona has re-elected Joan Laporta as club president with over 56% of the vote. He previously held the position from 2003-10. [Guardian]
  • South America’s CONMEBOL has postponed their 2022 World Cup qualifiers due to COVID travel restrictions. [FIFA]
  • Thousands of Rangers FC celebrated their Scottish Premiership Title in the streets of Glasgow violating COVID lockdown rules. [Guardian]
  • Women’s Soccer is expected to play an increasing role in the future of the sport. [FIFA]
  • Manchester United ended their cross-town rival’s unbeaten streak of 29 games on Sunday with a 2-0 win over Manchester City. [Guardian]c
  • The IFAB has relaxed a controversial accidental handball rule. [TheScore]

USA

  • Former Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger thinks the USMNT will impress in the 2026 World Cup. [MLS]
  • An 18 year old Connecticut winger is enjoying a breakout year with Nottingham Forest in the English Championship. [ASN]
  • US international Josh Sargent scored in his 2nd consecutive game for Bundesliga side Werder Bremen’s 1-1 draw with Cologne. [SBI]
SV Werder Bremen v Eintracht Frankfurt - Bundesliga Photo by Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

MLS/USL/NWSL

  • USL Championship side New Mexico United have signed 18 year old Munoz Zarate, who has played on the USMNT U-18 team, as their first academy prospect. [USLC]
  • Inter Miami has undergone a bit of off-season turmoil in the front office after their first season didn’t go well. [USSP]
  • MLS has launched an investigation into Inter Miami’s signing of Blaise Matuidi for violation of league budget and roster guidelines. [SBI]
  • All 10 NWSL teams have updated their preseason rosters to meet league deadline. [NWSL]
  • Toronto FC will start their 2021 MLS season in both Orlando and Tampa Florida. [MLS]
  • The owner of NFL’s Minnesota Vikings is rumored to be buying a majority stake in Orlando City SC. [TML]

FLASHBACK

  • We took a look at which company did the best job with the World Cup 2010 kits. [3/9/10]
  • Real Salt Lake was predicted to lose at least 3-4 players due to Gold Cup callups, we opined on how it would affect the team’s season. [3/8/11]
  • RSL lost on the road to D.C. United 1-0 continuing the run of bad luck in the nation’s capitol. [3/9/13]
  • A late Joao Plata goal, and Robbe Keane PK stop by Nick Rimando gave RSL the win vs LA Galaxy in the first game of 2014. [3/8/14]

VIDEO

Where else can you get scenic preseason promo shots like this.