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The mexican star is looking for double-digit millions per year. MLS remembers Manchester victims this weekend. The U20s earn a World Cup win.

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Major League Soccer

LAFC certainly wants to make a splash with a big name player when they enter the league, and they have deep pockets. But as much as they might like that player to be Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, the Mexican star may be out of their price range. The striker is reportedly asking for “way north of $10 million” per year, and signing him would require paying what will no doubt be a large transfer fee to Bayer Leverkusen.

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US Soccer

USWNT coach Jill Ellis has named her 21-player roster for the upcoming friendlies against Sweden and Norway, including Seattle Reign’s Megan Rapinoe and other familiar faces.

The U20 men earned their first victory of the World Cup Thursday, a 1-0 win over Senegal that puts them at the top of their group.