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Major Link Soccer: Chelsea Agree to Diego Costa Transfer Fee

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The Brazilian striker is one step closer to getting his preferred return to Madrid, thanks in part to his hold-out

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Seattle:

Yahoo! Sports puts Seattle at number 5 in a ranking of potential stadium sites for the USA/Canada/Mexico joint World Cup 2026 bid, citing it as a “good bet” to host matches if the bid were to be successful.

United States:

Michael Bradley gave a candid interview about Charlottesville last week, a city to which he holds many personal ties. In the interview, he spoke about how everyone needs to speak up against violence and intolerance.

New York City FC’s efforts to build a soccer-specific stadium may finally be bearing some fruit, with their architects visiting a prospective stadium site in Belmont Park last week.

Efforts to catalogue the NPSL’s league-wide attendance have proven futile, but blog Kenn.com pulled together as much as they possibly could to determine how many people are showing up for each NPSL team’s matches.

The World:

Diego Costa seems to finally be getting his wish after hunkering down in Spain, with Chelsea reportedly agreeing to a transfer fee to send him back to Atletico Madrid.

While this holdout looks to be a success for Costa, clubs will not be taking holdouts lying down in Europe; case in point, Borussia Dortmund’s CEO spoke out against Ousmane Dembele’s holdout, emphasizing that his club needs to make a statement on how holdouts will be handled throughout the Bundesliga.

Perhaps after seeing their two consecutive 4-0 victories to start the season, Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann hinted at feeling regret in his decision to reject Manchester United’s overtures... which as you imagine was not the most welcome news to Atlei’s fans.

Manchester City are looking to make some transfer noise of their own, bumping their offer for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez to 70 million pounds.

A Monday reminder to always be mindful of your celebrations, brought to you by Hamburg’s Nicolai Muller tearing his ACL mid “helicopter” celebration:

The injury leaves Hamburg without one of their most dynamic goalscorers for seven months, and adds even further pressure to USMNT Striker Bobby Wood to deliver goals for the club.

FC Barcelona expressed solidarity with their community, expressing support for the victims of the tragic Barcelona attack that occurred last week. This support extends further with the announcement that FC Barcelona players will be wearing ‘Barcelona’ in place of their names for their upcoming match versus Real Betis.

Neymar appears to be adjusting to Paris quite nicely, netting a brace against Tolouse over the weekend, capped by this ridiculous second goal.