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Star Spangled Stories: Americans in the UCL & Richards talks Bayern group chats

Julian Gressel ponders playing for the USMNT, American stars featuring in the Champions League, & Chris Richards talks about Bayern Munich player group chats.

FC Barcelona v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg One Photo by Alex Caparros - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

We’ve got all the news, links, and videos you need to get caught up with US Soccer this morning. Let’s get right to it:

6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar as it gears up for World Cup
The Guardian dives deep into the migrant worker deaths that have been adding up for years in Qatar. The article also claims the “total death toll is significantly higher” because data used doesn’t even include deaths from several countries that have also been sending workers to the country.

Gressel says he could be available for the US for 2022 World Cup
German-born Julian Gressel says he’d be “very honored” to represent his adopted country in an interview with The Cooligans. The 27-year-old got his green card in 2019.

Will Efra pick the US or Mexico for the Olympics?
Efra Alvarez was named to both nation’s preliminary rosters for this summer’s Olympics. Jason Kreis weighs in on the decision facing the LA Galaxy homegrown player is facing.

All or Nothing: Juventus trailer
Featuring our very own Weston McKennie... falling onto a bed. But really this is a really cool show and based on his English speaking abilities, as well as his general personality, I expect him to have a decent amount of screen time.

US Players in the UCL - The Future is Bright
ESPN looks at all the US stars appearing in the UEFA Champions League this season, and what it means for the future.

Richards on the Bayern group chats
Chris Richards talks about how he stays in touch with Bayern Munich while on loan with Hoffenheim, as well as who runs all the player group chats.

Australia, Qatar pull out of 2021 Copa America
Two spots have opened up. Call in the C-team and let’s do this! It’s going to be a busy summer.

CBS lands Concacaf World Cup qualifying rights
The network has completed a deal with Concacaf for the 2022 men’s and 2023 women’s World Cup qualifying rounds, as well as the Nations League tournaments and club leagues in Brazil & Argentina. Matches will be shown on Paramount+ (the CBS All Access name is changing).

How George Floyd’s murder drove Steffen to launch foundation
Zack Steffen launched VOYCENOW with the idea “to create a community of athletes and fans who speak up and fight for equality and justice.” The project has already donated over $50,000 to the Minority Education Fund.

Fiorentina wants to sign an American. But who?
Our sister site, Viola Nation, look at a roster overhaul at Fiorentina and potential Americans for the club to sign.

Dave Sarachan hired as head coach of the Puerto Rico Men’s National Team
“The qualifiers for a World Cup are incredibly special to me,” said Sarachan. “So, with Puerto Rico, the challenge right now is to move this group in a positive direction and that excites me,” he added.