August 9, 2022

I was asked to do service journalism. I’m here to let you know which MLS mascots you’d rather not encounter in a dark alley. Not because they’re going to hurt you or anything. They’ll probably make something delicious and entertaining. We are talking about professionals here. Ranking the 5 scariest MLS mascots | MLS Soccer.com

The number of matches and tournaments in which players participate each year is always a big topic of discussion, not only for FIFA leaders or the presidents of each football region, but also for coaches and players. Motivation in short supply? Nations League tests players’ pride and exhaustion | MLS Soccer.com

The day before Canada’s men’s national team opener against Curaçao in 2022-23 Concacaf Nations League A (Group C) was like any other. The players trained, the coaches put the team to the test and the media covered the proceedings. Protests loom as Canada enters League of Nations: ‘We’re just looking for transparency’ | MLS Soccer.com

The Concacaf Nations League received a mixed reception as one of the region’s largest and most established programs when the concept was unveiled in November 2017. Benefit or burden? USMNT begins Nations League defense | MLS Soccer.com

The USMNT opens the competition against a Caribbean foe. CONCACAF Nations League 2022: Scouting Granada – Stars and Stripes FC

Briana Scurry, the trailblazing goalkeeper at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, helped pave the way for many changes for girls and women in sport. Briana Scurry talks about the diversity of American football and the heroism of the 1999 USWNT World Cup

How will the United States face England, Wales and Iran at the World Cup? US World Cup 2022 squad: Opponents, odds, schedule, players to watch

The USWNT has announced its preliminary roster for the CONCACAF W Championship, with Vlatko Andonovski listing 59 players in the squad. USWNT preliminary roster announced for CONCACAF W Championship | professional football thread

Ahead of the USMNT Nations League game with Grenada, Reggie Cannon and Kellyn Acosta spoke of a healthy “enemies” dynamic on the roster. USMNT ‘enemies’ amid competition for World Cup roster

John Herdman has never played professional soccer, but believes his coaching experience in Canada is enough for the World Cup in Qatar. John Herdman is Canada’s unlikely hero: From speaker to women’s coach to take the men to Qatar 2022 | ESPN

Liverpool have turned down a deal worth £30m for Senegal striker Sadio Mane from Bayern Munich. Sadio Mane: Liverpool reject £30m offer from Bayern Munich – BBC News BBC Homepage

Luka Modric has extended his contract with current La Liga and Champions League titleholders Real Madrid for a year. Luka Modric: Croatian midfielder signs one-year contract extension with Real Madrid – BBC News BBC Homepage

Chelsea could demand Internazionale pay up to £25m as a loan fee, along with a significant chunk of Romelu Lukaku’s £325,000 weekly wage. Chelsea tell Romelu Lukaku he can join Inter on loan if finances are good | Chelsea | The Guardian

Liverpool are willing to pay a club-record €100m (£85.5m) to sign Darwin Núñez from Benfica, but have rejected a second offer from Bayern Munich for Sadio Mané. Liverpool ready to pay £85m for Núñez but reject Bayern’s new Mané offer | Liverpool | The Guardian

UEFA have not convinced Liverpool that their review of police and security failures in the Champions League final will be thorough or independent. Liverpool doubt neutrality of UEFA review – and its chairman | UEFA | The Guardian

Manchester City have signed Spanish left-back Leila Ouahabi from Barcelona and Chelsea have signed versatile French defender Ève Périsset from Bordeaux. Last transfer: Manchester City lands Ouahabi, Chelsea signs Périsset | Women’s football | The Guardian

Senegalese coach Aliou Cissé wants the postponement of the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations (CAN) in September to allow the five countries representing the continent at the World Cup to play friendly matches. Senegal coach wants AFCON games delayed to boost World Cup preparations

How a Spanish journalist joined the League C PLUS coaching staff: CNL notes. The international soccer superfan is living a dream with Bonaire

The 2022 Women’s International Champions Cup will feature Champions League winners Lyon and WSL champions Chelsea, organizers announced on Wednesday. Lyon and Chelsea will play in the women’s ICC in the United States alongside Portland Thorns and Monterrey

Looking back and knowing what happened next, would the club make the same decision to re-sign these players? Are big transfers worth it? Ranking of the 10 most expensive players by position

The trial of former FIFA President Sepp Blatter and former UEFA President Michel Platini for alleged corruption began on Wednesday. Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter too ill to testify in fraud trial

Saul Niguez says the change to move to Chelsea ‘hasn’t been easy’ as he returns to Atletico Madrid after a season-long loan. Saul Niguez: Midfielder returns to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea – BBC Sport

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has apologized to the club’s fans for mistakes made during a “difficult” season that nearly led to relegation. Farhad Moshiri: Everton owner apologizes to fans for ‘difficult’ season mistakes – BBC Sport

11.45am – Portugal vs Czech Republic – UEFA Nations League – FS1

12:00 p.m. – Dominica vs Saint Lucia – CONCACAF Nations League – Paramount+

3:00 p.m. – Barbados vs Guadeloupe – CONCACAF Nations League – Paramount+

15:00 – Belize vs French Guiana – CONCACAF Nations League – Paramount+

3:00 p.m. – Aruba vs Saint Kitts and Nevis – CONCACAF Nations League – Paramount+

3:00 p.m. – Cayman Islands vs Puerto Rico – CONCACAF Nations League – Paramount+

3:00 p.m. – Palmeiras vs Botafogo – Brasileirao – Paramount+

4:00 p.m. – Antigua and Barbuda vs Cuba – CONCACAF Nations League – Paramount+

16:00 – Newell’s Old Boys vs San Lorenzo – Primera División Argentina – Paramount+

4:00 p.m. – Fortaleza vs Goiás – Brasileirao – Paramount+

16:00 – Coritiba vs Sao Paulo – Brasileirao – Paramount+

16:00 – Columbus Crew II vs Inter Miami II – MLS Next Pro – MLS Next Pro Site

5:00 p.m. – Panama vs Martinique – CONCACAF Nations League – TUDN, Paramount+

7:30 p.m. – Canada vs Curaçao – CONCACAF Nations League – TUDN, Paramount+