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Royal Roundup: FIFA names host cites for 2023 Women’s World Cup

Weston McKennie fined, MLS teams to begin CCL runs, Weibel lands in Seattle, Glad named to Best 11, and more.

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FIFA has named the 9 cities and stadiums that will host the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. [FIFA]


  • Germany suffers their first home defeat since 2001, and to make the embarrassment complete it came at the hands of North Macedonia. [Guardian]
  • A look at some April Fools Day jokes from International clubs. [ESPN]
  • The biggest storylines from the international break. [TheScore]
  • FIFA President Gianni Infantino addressed the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group during it’s most recent summit meeting. [FIFA]
  • Canada set a new team goals scored record with 11 vs the Cayman Islands during World Cup qualifying. [TheScore]
  • US International Weston McKennie and two Juventus teammates have been fined by the Italian police, and face team punishment for hosting a party that violated restrictions. [SBI]
  • Germany’s Women’s National Team has cancelled their summer US tour for the second consecutive year due to pandemic concerns. [TheScore]
  • Inter Milan reveals their new crest as part of rebrand. [CBS]


  • The USMNT camp ends with two wins and some lessons learned. [ASN]
  • The US failure to qualify for the Olympics (again) reveals structural issues with MLS and US Soccer. [USAT]


  • Five California teams (three MLS and two USL), joined in a fundraiser for farm workers to commemorate Cesar Chavez Day. [MLS]
  • Best and Worst MLS kits of all time (your mileage may vary). [ESPN]
  • MLS teams start their 2021 Championship League run next week. [USSP]
  • USL Championship side Charlotte Independence is changing it’s ownership group (developing story). [USLC]
  • MLS 2021 season preview. [USSP]
  • Three MLS clubs with the best chances of winning their first MLS Cup. [Multiplex]
  • Ally bank has been named as the first bank partner for NWSL, and an official league-wide sleeve sponsor. [NWSL]
  • Orlando Pride unveil their new “Ad Astra” home kit. [OCSC][CBS]


  • Former RSL General Manager Craig Weibel has been named Head of Operations and Sporting Director for the Seattle Sounders. [MLS]
  • Is Justen Glad RSL’s most important player for 2021? Matthew Doyle from MLS makes his case for it, as well as all the other team’s most important players. [MLS]
  • RSL’s Justen Glad was named to the Concacaf Olympic Qualifier Best 11. [RSL][MLS]


  • RSL vs Houston match thread (RSL lost 2-1). [4/1/10]
  • Nick Rimando wins MLS Player of the Month for March 2011. [4/3/11]
  • RSL gets stoppage time win in Portland. [4/1/12] (video below)
  • Alvaro Saborio signs contract extension through 2015. [4/4/13]
  • Dom Dwyer (with Sporting Kansas City at the time), and Nick Rimando carried on a little Twitter feud. [4/5/14]
  • RSL traveled to California and beat the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 to remain undefeated through 4 games. [4/5/15]
  • A greatly depleted RSL squad (missing 10 players) beat SKC 2-1. [4/2/16]
  • In 2017 RSL was off to a rough start during a rebuilding year, we reminded readers that Rome wasn’t built in a day either. [4/2/17] - this seems kind of relevant to the present as well.


Highlights from RSL’s win over Portland Timbers in 2012.