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Major Link Soccer: Lionel Messi staying at Barcelona until 2021

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Messi also has a massive release clause in his new contract

Deportivo Alaves vs Barcelona - Copa Del Rey Final Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Seattle

Seattle Reign FC’s Megan Rapinoe was named NWSL Player of the Week for Week 11 after scoring four goals total during last week’s play. She becomes the fourth Reign FC player to be honored this season.

If the NWSL Playoffs started today, the Reign would be in, as they currently sit in third place. They also made it back into the top four of the NWSL Power Rankings.

Cristian Roldan was named one of the “Seven Rising Stars to Watch“ in the 2017 Gold Cup by mlssoccer.com.

Clint Dempsey likes to score on the road. That got me looking at Dempsey’s and Will Bruin’s stat lines for this year. This is what I came up with.

MLS

Orlando City SC’s Cyle Larin opened up about his DUI arrest and the life lessons that he learned.

New York City FC’s David Villa was voted Alcatel MLS Player of the Month for the month of June. He scored three goals and helped guide NYCFC to a perfect 4-0-0 mark.

USA

Philadelphia Union’s Chris Pontius has been called up to the US Men’s national team to replace Gent midfielder Kenny Saief for the Gold Cup. Saief made his US debut last weekend against Ghana, but has been dealing with a groin injury.

Do you know your US Gold Cup group stage history? I didn’t. So I took this group stage trivia. I didn’t do well, I only scored 40%.

Speaking of the Gold Cup, get to know the US’ first opponent, Panama, in this “Five Things to Know” from US Soccer.

World

Lionel Messi and Barcelona have finally have come to terms on a new deal, which will keep him there at least until 2021. The new deal reportedly has a €300 million release clause in it.

Alexandre Lacazette is leaving Lyon and will join Arsenal for a club transfer record €53 million that could rise to €60 million.

Real Madrid confirmed the signing of Theo Hernandez. Hernandez is coming over from Atlético Madrid after signing a six-year contract with Real. He spent the 2016-2017 on loan with Alavés.