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SOCCER: NOV 22 MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Round One - San Jose at Sporting KC Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It’s been a great week in the soccering world with the USMNT getting a 4-1 win over Jamaica, Olympic Qualifying kicked off, and Sporting KC is back on the field for preseason! Let’s get to all the news & updates:

The Royals & SKC didn’t create this problem. But they’ll suffer from it
KC Star on the topic of Fox Sports Bally’s Sports Kansas City and Sinclair Broadcasting. It’s a really unfortunate situation for fans of both teams.

Russell & Martins view Leagues Cup as major opportunity
This is a writeup from Thursday’s press conference. Johnny Russell & Luis Martins talked about preseason and the chance to win another trophy. Johnny also says he doesn’t feel a lot has changed after getting the captain’s armband. Except that the guys make jokes.

Each MLS team’s breakout player candidate
Doyle picks the widely-known, rumored-to-be-going-overseas-because-his-talent-has-been-recognized Gianluca Busio to “breakout” this year.

ICYM this little diddy from Sergino Dest on Thursday

USMNT Player Ratings
Ratings from or the yanks vs Jamaica. The lone goal they gave up was ugly, but it was definitely an encouraging performance.

How will football squeeze in a World Cup in November-December?
ESPN on the winter version of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The major leagues and associations have all yet to agree on a schedule to make it work. Will the players even get a summer break?

Sporting KC Theme Night Schedule
Retro Night is set for August 28th vs the Rapids. Surely another year of trying, and failing, to not buy retro gear.

Khiry Interview
Khiry Shelton joined The Early Bath podcast and was talking a lot about his upbringing and his path to where he’s at now.

Sounders release “The Jimi Hendrix Kit”
It doesn’t feel like a Sounders kit, but I dig it.

Let this man have his carbs however he wants them!