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Brotherly Game Daily Links: Concacaf announces big changes to Leagues Cup and Champions League

MLS Power Rankings, a new US women’s soccer league is announced and more in today’s links

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MLS News

Concacaf Revamps Champions League, With Expanded Leagues Cup a Major Factor
In a monumental new chapter for North American soccer, beginning in 2023, every club from MLS and Liga MX will compete in a completely reimagined Leagues Cup: an annual, month-long tournament.

What the reimagined Leagues Cup, expanded Champions League means for MLS
Two leagues are joining forces every single year, complete with a true tournament format, and there’s a prolonged pause in their own regular seasons to accomplish it. There’s a reason the news is sending ripples throughout the soccer world.

MLS’s increasingly sterile supporters groups
Since 2010, there’ve been several supporters group bans that preceded the most recent case in Montreal. Most notable is the Chicago Fire’s ban of Sector Latino in 2018. The supporters group was banned for “repeated violations of the fan code of conduct”, with the final incident being a smoke bomb set off on July 2nd of 2018.

MLS Power Rankings: CF Montréal & Atlanta climb, Orlando City fall after Weeks 25 & 26
The Union climb the ranks up to 12 in this week’s MLS Power Rankingss.

Josef Martinez leaves Atlanta United training with knee discomfort
Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez left Tuesday’s training session early because of an issue with his right knee, and manager Gonzalo Pineda said he is going to ask the team’s doctors if the striker needs an MRI.

U.S. Soccer News

USL announces new professional women’s soccer league: USL Super League
The new professional league will sit under the National Women’s Soccer League, which remains the sole women’s league in the U.S. with the Division I designation from the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Rest of the World News

Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona future in doubt, club ponder alternatives
Sources explain that president Joan Laporta held an hour long emergency meeting with his board of directors after the Granada game as the doubts regarding Koeman’s suitability continue.