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Royal Roundup: USMNT beats Mexico in Leagues Cup final

San Diego gets NWSL team, USWNT face Portugal, EPL breakaway 6 fined, VAR to be used in Futsal WC and more.

United States v Mexico: Championship - CONCACAF Nations League Finals Photo by Omar Vega/Getty Images

If you haven’t already heard or seen the news, dubbed by one UK media giant as “Beautiful Chaos”; the USMNT beat Mexico 3-2 in a frantic match featuring two penalty kicks in extra time. MLS pundits declared it to be one of the top USvMX games of all time, there were several unforgettable moments, and some tactical takeaways from the match, as well as at least one unexpected hero.

RSL

  • [Twitter] Bobby Wood attended his first Real Salt Lake practice.
  • [RSL] Ever wonder how many former and current RSL players have played for the USMNT? RSL compiled the list for us.

MLS/NWSL/USL

  • [NWSL] San Diego announced as NWSL Expansion team for 2022. [Goal] Former USWNT coach Jill Ellis will be team President for San Diego instead of coaching.
  • [MLS] The 2021 All Star Game will feature MLS vs LigaMX All Stars on August 25th in LA.
  • [SSD] / [USL] Plans emerging for the new D2 USL-Women’s league.
  • [MLS] One statistic that defines every Eastern Conference team.
  • [MLS] One statistic that defines every Western Conference team.
  • [Multiplex] Some bold predictions for the remainder of the MLS season.
  • [BR] Top 7 MLS Goalkeepers of the 2021 season so far.
  • [MLS] The USMNT started it’s Leagues Cup victory tour in Utah at Rio Tinto Stadium vs Costa Rica, and thumped them 4-0 on Wednesday evening.

USA

  • [FRS] / [WaPo] USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter defends Mark McKenzie after online racial abuse following US vs Mexico game.
  • [SocWire] USWNT face Portugal on Thursday to start Women’s Soccer Series lead-up to Olympics.

INTERNATIONAL

  • [Balls] Ireland men’s team booed for taking the knee before kickoff in Hungary.
  • [FRS] FIFA has announced it will use modified VAR during the Futsal World Cup.
  • [Goal] England head coach Gareth Southgate says team is more determined than ever to kneel before matches.
  • [FFT] The 6 EPL teams that were part of the failed European Super League have agreed to a £22 million “goodwill settlement” to fund grassroots community causes in England. [ESPN] They further agreed to a £20 million fine and a reduction of 30 points if they join another similar unsanctioned competition in the future.
  • [ESPN] Russia has complained to UEFA over Ukraine’s Euro 2020 kit which features a map of the country - including the Russian annexed Crimean peninsula; the area is still internationally recognized as being Ukrainian territory.
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