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MLS players in UEFA Nations League tournament (L-R) Poland's Adam Buksa, Hungary's Daniel Gazdag, and Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri
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During this Major League Soccer international break — from May 31 to June 15 — European national teams will take part in the Group Stage of the UEFA Nations League. This competition serves as a tune-up for 2022 World Cup-bound European sides and as a chance to win a trophy for the countries that will miss out on the world’s biggest football tournament in Qatar. Several participating squads have called up international MLS players for the Group Stage. These players have a chance to showcase their skills for both their MLS and international sides.

Here are five MLS players who could make an impact at UEFA Nations League 2022. 

5. Lorenzo Insigne – Toronto FC – Italy 

Italian captain Lorenzo Insigne isn’t technically an MLS player yet. However, he will be a few weeks after the UEFA Nations League Group Stage concludes. The 30-year-old forward just wrapped up his stellar 12-year career with Napoli in Serie A. He’s headed to Toronto FC on July 1. 

For TFC and MLS fans who haven’t followed Serie A closely, UEFA Nations League is a perfect opportunity to get a look at Insigne, who is about to become the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer. 

Italy shockingly missed out on the 2022 World Cup, so this tournament will be the Azzurri’s only chance to lift hardware this year. Expect Insigne to be heavily involved in Roberto Mancini’s squad. The Euro 2020-winning manager will look to play of mix of established stars and youngsters with an eye toward the 2024 World Cup, which will likely be Insigne’s last. 

4. Adam Buksa, Karol Świderski — New England Revolution, Charlotte FC — Poland

Poland has punched its ticket to the 2022 World Cup, and manager Czesław Michniewicz will use the UEFA Nations League to help him make decisions regarding his final roster for Qatar. Bayern Munich legend Robert Lewandowski is the squad’s unquestioned No. 1 striker, and Marseille’s Arkadiusz Milik is likely No. 2. 

That means the battle for the Nos. 3 and 4 spots come down to 26-year-old Florentine forward Krzysztof Piątek and a pair of 25-year-old MLS strikers, New England Revolution‘s Adam Buska and Charlotte FC’s Karol Świderski. 

Świderski has logged 1,010 MLS minutes this season to Buska’s 818 and has 14 caps for Poland to Buska’s seven. However, the Revs forward has seven goals and two assists to Świderski’s four goals and one assist. 

Lewandowski should have a relatively light workload in the UEFA Nations League in June, so Świderski and Buska should both get a lot or run. It will be great for MLS fans to watch two of the league’s premier foreign-born scorers duke it out for a chance to make their country’s World Cup roster. 

3. Kamil Jóźwiak — Charlotte FC — Poland

There won’t just be MLS players upfront for Poland in the UEFA Nations League. Karol Świderski’s Charlotte FC teammate Kamil Jóźwiak will be in action, too, as Poland takes on Belgium, Wales, and the Netherlands in Group A4. 

The Polish midfield for Qatar 2022 isn’t as set in stone as the striker spot is, so the 24-year-old Jóźwiak won’t just be competing for a roster spot. He’ll be trying to make his way into the starting 11. 

Jóźwiak joined Charlotte as an international DP in early April from Wayne Rooney’s Derby County in England. So far, he’s played four MLS matches and two in the U.S. Open Cup, starting two of the league games. 

The young midfielder played quite a bit in Euro 2020 for Poland. Now that he’s recovered from a January injury suffered at Derby County, he is vying for a prominent spot again. 

Jóźwiak will be a key for Poland with his passing, but he can also score on occasion. He has three goals for his country. Two came in 2022 World Cup qualifying matches, and the other was in the 2020 iteration of the UEFA Nations League.

2. Dániel Gazdag — Philadelphia Union — Hungary

Dániel Gazdag is having an excellent season for the first-place Philadelphia Union and will look to carry this form into UEFA Nations League for his native Hungary. 

Gazdag, an attacking midfielder, has started all 13 games for Philadelphia in MLS this season and has logged 1,131 minutes. He has two assists and is tied for third in MLS this season with seven goals. 

Hungary is another team that isn’t in the 2022 World Cup, so the UEFA Nations League becomes more significant. Gazdag’s squad is in an absolutely loaded group, with England, Italy, and Germany, so it could be a rough tournament for the team. 

However, it will allow MLS and Philadelphia Union fans to see how the 26-year-old Gazdag measures up to some of the best competition in the world. 

1. Xherdan Shaqiri — Chicago Fire — Switzerland

Before Lorenzo Insigne gets to MLS and becomes the highest-paid player, that honor goes to Chicago Fire’s $8 million man, Xherdan Shaqiri.

Shaqiri is a big-time international star, having played for European giants like Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, and Liverpool. However, the 30-year-old midfielder hasn’t yet found his stride through 13 games in MLS.

Through 11 starts, Shaqiri has just one assist and three goals. More worryingly, the highly-paid DP has only led his team to two wins, and Chicago sits in last place in the Eastern Conference.

One big thing to watch as Shaqiri leads the Swiss team against Spain, Portugal, and the Czech Republic in the UEFA Nations League is where he plays for his country. He’s been playing centrally for the Fire but will likely play on the wing for Switzerland with the presence of central midfielder countrymen like Granit Xhaka and Remo Freuler.

Playing on the outside is more natural for Shaqiri. And if Chicago manager Ezra Hendrickson sees his star have success there internationally, maybe he’ll be more apt to try it in MLS.

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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions



A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

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Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 


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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!


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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season




All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 


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