Written by Will Parchman

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Christian Pulisic didn’t start Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League match against Real Madrid on Tuesday. But my goodness did he finish it.

Real Madrid looked unfazed as it descended into the bubbling cauldron of BVB’s Signal Iduna Park, taking a 2-1 lead late into the second half. Pulisic, the King of America, came on with about 20 minutes to go and didn’t waste much time in lassoing the game and pulling it back into Dortmund’s favor.

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Jordan Morris is not – nor likely will ever be – a hold-up striker.

There was some doubt about this early in his career. At Stanford under Jeremy Gunn, Morris was used as one of the two attacking broadsides up top in a fairly rigid 4-4-2. Wherever Morris would roam – and he roamed – he ended up corralling a lot of over-the-top balls. Sometimes he’d do so with his back to goal, with mixed results. It was how the system worked.

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Every golazo profile is different. Sometimes you get a spate of upper-90 Hulk Smashes, and sometimes you get silky turn-and-score goals inside the box. Sometimes, if the stars align, you get both.

We are lucky this week. The stars have aligned.

From two corkers on opposite sides of the country to a no-look flip to an un-sighted turn-and-score in the South, you’ve got your work cut out this week. No easy choices. But those are the best weeks.

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Christian Seifert first met Don Garber in Miami in 2007. The year was an important historical marker for the working legacy of both men, albeit in significantly different ways.

Two years earlier, Seifert was elevated to CEO of the DFL, the governing body of the top two tiers in German soccer: the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga. A former executive at MTV, Seifert brought a distinctly different and 21st century approach to the position. In 2000, as part of a broad effort to reorganize the German system following a string of disastrous performances from the national team, the DFL was formed to oversee the top two tiers as a sort of single conglomeration of individual shareholders. This is how Seifert saw the clubs, not necessarily as separate entities but as 36 individual parts of a single overarching business.

The only other nation to do it this way is France, and the German model quickly separated itself as the city on a hill. Among other benefits it allowed the second tier to benefit more heavily from TV revenue, the impressive rise of which in Germany has been badly overshadowed by the funny money being tossed around in England.

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It’s Monday, and that means one thing: College Goal of the Week is here, ready to sift out the best candidates from the past week of action in the college game.

A quartet of howitzers are on the menu this week, as conference play means that the stakes are raised even though we’ve yet to reach October.

Without further ado, this week’s fantastic quartet of options are here for your viewing (and voting) pleasure.

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Written by Will Parchman

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Tata Martino lost in the court of Argentinean public opinion. And when the gavel hit there was no doubling back.

How will MLS receive him, if he is next?

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Written by Will Parchman

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Look, I’m not telling you what to believe here, but the entire French society is an elaborate ruse by cows and sentient grapevines to push their delicious products onto our doorstep. It’s an alien front, and we all fell for it.

Newly minted Nottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier (who was fired by Rennes in January) may be a soccer person, but his parents are cheesemongers. In France, that’s about as common as cobblestone streets, so perhaps nobody was surprised by this revelation. But, challenged by absolutely no one on this assertion after a random cheese sidetrack during an August presser in which he called himself “the specialist of cheese,” Montanier wanted to prove his familial bonafides with a damn wine and cheese festival before Forest’s pre-weekend press conference.

The guy laid out a wine and cheese tasting. He really, really did it.

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The battle lines in the intractable standoff over training compensation in the U.S. are fairly distinct. On one side, youth clubs are drawing up all the power they can muster behind the notion that they deserve a small cut (we’re talking 1-5 percent here) of the transfer fees doled out to players they helped develop. The MLS Players Union, meanwhile, asserts that practice is tantamount to robbing money out of the players’ pockets.

The MLSPU is, to my eyes, on the wrong side of this fight. And Don Garber, the commissioner of the players in the league that union represents, may have just undercut the message.

In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated’s Brian Straus, Garber danced through myriad topics: expansion, the validity of the investment in MLS, NYCFC, Miami. In the midst of that, we had this exchange.

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You didn’t really need proof Kellyn Acosta is a midfielder. All you needed was ocular consistency. Acosta’s been a 6/8 hybrid for FC Dallas and Oscar Pareja since the jump, a luxury he has yet to receive with any consistency for the national team.

Acosta has loudly been trotted out as a fullback in brief stints with Jurgen Klinsmann on the full team, notably in a recent World Cup qualifier against St. Vincent & the Grenadines in which he started at left back. This has been his national MO for years, stretching back to his U17 days and most recently his time wearing the captain’s armband for the 2015 U20 World Cup.

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In case you’ve forgotten (and you probably have!), the CONCACAF Champions League is currently dragging itself through the final stages of its group phase. Knockouts don’t begin until next year, so by October this is the last you’ll see of the CCL for a while. Friendly reminder: an MLS team hasn’t won this competition since the refresh in 2008.

The Whitecaps traveled to face Sporting KC in Group B action on Tuesday night in front of what looked like six mildly interested fans. Vancouver led 1-1 into the game’s twilight when Alphonso Davies, the kid who set the USL record earlier this year as the youngest player to get a game in the league’s history, popped up with this brief bit of bank-shot majesty.

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