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Major Link Soccer: Barcelona B snap up Montreal homegrown player Tabla

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The deal sends the Impact seven figures. Justin Meram shows up to Crew practice. The Sounders try out archery.

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Seattle

New Seattle Reign defender Yael Averbuch is well-respected among fellow players and wants to be involved in the game for a long time. She gives her perspective on the state of NWSL and the upcoming USSF election.

Speaking of interviews with new Reign defenders, Marca has a conversation with the Reign’s 36th draft pick and World Cup veteran, Celia Jimenez from Alcaudete, Spain.

Taking the ‘camp’ part of training camp to heart, the Sounders tried out an archery lesson:

Major League Soccer

The Montreal Impact completed the trade of Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla to Barcelona B Thursday. It was a good bit of business all around, with Montreal keeping 100 percent of the seven-figure sale (new MLS rule) and getting a percentage of any sell-on money. [French] The sale price was apparently 10 percent of l’Impact’s total investment in their academy.

Justin Meram is in a tough spot in Columbus, looking for a trade and unsure of the team’s future. Although he has asked to be moved, the club is not prepared to sell low on one of their best remaining players, and he’s taking it like a professional.

Interesting data from the Atlanta teams’ reasonable food price experiment:

United States

The USMNT takes on Bosnia and Herzegovina Sunday, but these are going to be some inexperienced squads.

Grant Wahl grilled Don Garber about the history and current role of Soccer United Marketing and their relationship with USSF, which will surely clear some things up for some and stoke the fires of conspiracy for others.

Is American soccer media doing too much cheerleading or are they tarnishing the game? Should Alexi Lalas be hired to straighten it all out? Just asking questions.

As you may know, Jonathan Gonzalez completed his change of affiliation to Mexico this week. And the hand-wringing continues.

An ownership deal for the NWSL’s Boston Breakers fell through, and the team is forced to fold, at least for now.

World

Morocco is vying with the United States for the bid for the 2026 World Cup, and they are vowing to make it a clean fight. They won’t try to use the current administration’s flagging global reputation against the U.S.

Bayern Munich held a Hackathon tournament in the latest effort to jump on new technology trends and increase fan engagement.