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Royal Roundup: FIFA continues to press for bi-annual World Cup

RSL highlights, FC Dallas fire their coach, USMNT players in EPL may not be available vs Panama, RIP English scoring legend Jimmy Greaves, and more...

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It’s rare enough that FIFA publishes results of a poll, but releasing one that conflicts with many public comments from players, fans, and confederations to show fan support for a bi-annual World Cup makes the results seem suspect. The poll, held via the YouGov site had over 15,000 people over the age of 18 respond from 23 countries. A follow-up survey will poll over 100,000 people in at least 100 nations.

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REAL SALT LAKE / UTAH

  • [90Min] Pablo Mastroeni praises players after win vs Seattle.
  • [MLS][LWOS][SAH] Recap: RSL 1, Seattle Sounders 0.
  • [YT] Highlights RSL vs SEA.
  • [RSL] Late goal vs New Mexico United hands Real Monarchs another road loss.

MLS / USL / NWSL

  • [WTR] Toronto FC is on pace to have the worst record of it’s history.
  • [SBI] Club America knocks Philadelphia Union out of Champions League.
  • [SSD] CF Montreal closes the supporter section in Stade Saputo stadium after repeated incidents of violence.
  • [USSP] Colorado Rapids and Nashville SC are this year’s dark horses gunning for MLS Cup.
  • [USL] Championship expansion team Monterey Bay FC breaks ground on their new stadium.
  • [NWSL] A total of 42 NWSL players have been called up for international duty in the upcoming break.
  • [MLS][FRS] FC Dallas has fired their coach Luchi Gonzalez amid rough year. Saturday’s 3-2 loss to rival Houston Dynamo was the last straw.

USA

  • [CBS] USWNT blow out Paraguay 9-0 in friendly. Carli Lloyd scores 5 goals and moves into 3rd on Women’s all time list.
  • [SSF] The first round of World Cup qualifying gives the USMNT a reality check.
  • [CBS] [SportBible] USWNT players remain optimistic about US Soccer’s equal pay proposal.
  • [SI] Panama remains on England’s “red list” of countries which will prevent some USMNT players from the 2nd round of World Cup qualifying.
  • [SBI] USMNT slip out of top 10 in the latest FIFA rankings after problematic World Cup qualifying.
  • [USSOC] USWNT play their 2nd friendly game vs Paraguay on Tuesday. It will be televised on FS1 and in Spanish on TUDN.

INTERNATIONAL

  • [SI] Soccer legend Pelé underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his colon last week. Daughter says he’s recovering well.
  • [SI] Concacaf is combining U-20 World Cup and Olympic qualifying into one tournament for 2024.
  • [CBS][SI] Rival supporter’s groups halftime brawl on pitch in France delays game 30 minutes.
  • [Fansided] Has the time arrived to add a stop-clock to Soccer to combat time-wasting, and what other methods are being considered.
  • [SI][FFT][Guardian] English soccer legend Jimmy Greaves has died at the age of 81. He held the European goal scoring record for 46 years.
World Cup Trophy Tour Photo by The FA/The FA via Getty Images