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Major Link Soccer: From football to hockey, Petr Cech

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The former keeper is playing in semi-pro English hockey.

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Tons of soccer news including new teams in USL One, Messi’s career plans, a fan banned from Tigres, and much more. Also the end is pretty much people magazine since it is links about the Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy feud.

MLS/USL

They plan on rivaling Portland, Atlanta, and Seattle in attendance. Chicago Fire vow to add star power for Soldier Field return: "We'll fill this stadium" | MLSsoccer.com
Chicago Fire owner Joe Mansueto is fully confident the club can fill its new Soldier Field home and become a real contender in MLS.

The Romanian plays for FCSB in the Romanian top division. REPORT: NYCFC looking to sign Florinel Coman from FCSB - Hudson River Blue
The star Romanian prospect has been linked to the Bronx Blues for what would be a team record transfer fee.

Heads up, no Roldan. Bad list. Warshaw: MLS' best defensive midfielders who deserve your respect | MLSsoccer.com
If there is a time-honored tradition in sports, it’s constantly failing to give the proper respect to heroes who don’t make the highlights. In soccer, those heroes are the defensive midfielders.

As long as they keep violence, racism, and homophobia out of the sport, this is good with me. USL takes a hands-off approach to political speech from its fans and clubs – The Athletic ($)
While MLS tried to regulate political speech from fans, the USL commissioner elected for a different approach

Miami’s will play in Ft. Lauderdale and New England did not announce where they will play. Inter Miami FC, New England Revolution Launch League One Clubs
The two clus will join Union Omaha in League One as expansion teams next year.

USA

Make sure you also read part one of Cole’s interview. Lisa Cole on women in coaching: there’s different standards for men and women - All For XI
"We’re let go easier and it’s harder for us to get hired." -- Part two of All For XI's interview with Antigua and Barbuda's coach.

Scalping can make good money, it is also illegal so.... maybe you know...don’t do it? The Ticket: One man’s descent into the underworld of sports - SBNation.com
I ducked behind a food stand, checked my burner phone, and stashed $20,000 in my money belt. The churrasco smoke made for good cover.

World

Congrats! Saint Kitts and Nevis march to first Concacaf WOQC appearance
Saint Kitts and Nevis march to first Concacaf WOQC appearance

Spain already gives tax breaks for soccer players so if you are still not paying your taxes, that’s sad. Xabi Alonso in Madrid court for tax evasion faces €4m fine
Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso was in Madrid court on Wednesday to face charges of tax fraud after opting not to accept a plea bargain.

FIFA must stand strong on this. Fifa will 'stand firm' on women's access to Iran matches - BBC Sport
Fifa says it is "firm and committed" over women's access to football matches in Iran despite claims quicker action could have saved the life of an activist.

Monaco has sold plenty of their top players during this run. The fall of Monaco: From Champions League semi-finals to brink of relegation - BBC Sport
A little over two years ago Monaco were a poster club for attacking football and excellent recruitment - so why are they now battling relegation?

Even if Joey Barton didn’t actually cause bodily harm, let’s face it, you believed he did it. Joey Barton pleads not guilty to actual bodily harm | UK news | The Guardian
Joey Barton, manager of Fleetwood Town, will stand trial after pleading not guilty to a charge of assaulting Daniel Stendel, his Barnsley counterpart, when the teams met in League One last season.

The incident took place while Huerta was taking selfies at a game between the Houston Dash and Tigres Feminil. The fan is being sued and will be banned for life by the club. Tigres to ban 'pseudo fan' who allegedly groped USA player Sofia Huerta after game | Football | The Guardian
Mexican club Tigres says it intends to ban a supporter for life after he appeared to grope USA international Sofia Huerta after a friendly match.

A 80-year old man passed away after falling down steps in 2017. Manchester United take safety action after death of fan at Old Trafford | Football | The Guardian
Manchester United say they have taken steps to improve fan safety following the death of a supporter after a fall at Old Trafford two years ago.

This comes days after news that Messi almost left in 2013. Messi: 'My idea is to retire at Barça'
Barça's captain acknowledged in an interview with Catalan radio station RAC1 that he and his family are very happy in Barcelona and that the team can 'win everything'.

Neville doesn’t do a bad job but he could be better and seems to be wanted by no one. Phil Neville says he can handle the criticism – but he can’t | The Guardian
On Tuesday night the England manager accused one reporter of wanting him sacked when that was not the case, and at this rate he is talking himself out of the job.

Players opening up about mental health is crucial to break the stigma for everyone. Emma Mitchell: Arsenal defender opens up on mental health - BBC Sport
As Arsenal's players popped the champagne corks in celebration after clinching the Women's Super League title in April, the tears in Emma Mitchell's eyes were not tears of joy.

From soccer keeper to hockey keeper. Ex-Chelsea, Arsenal GK Petr Cech inks deal with English hockey team
Ex-Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has signed a one-year deal with an English semiprofessional ice hockey team.

With the amount of starpower Bayern Munich has, it is very possible Muller falls to the bench even if he is playing in top form. Thomas Muller: I’m too ambitious for Bayern Munich bench
Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller has said he is “too ambitious” for a role on the bench at the Bundesliga club.

Three straight articles about the Coleen Rooney-Rebekah Vardy feud. When you want gossip, this has all of the parts you want. Coleen Rooney accuses Rebekah Vardy of leaking stories to Sun | Media | The Guardian
Wife of Wayne Rooney claims fellow footballer’s wife passed on her private Instagram posts

Want a full explainer, they’ve got one. Rebekah Vardy-Coleen Rooney Instagram feud: Why the football wives are fighting - Vox
Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney are feuding on Instagram. Everything you need to know, explained.

This has history even, years of history. Wayne Rooney ‘warned’ Jamie Vardy about wife Rebekah in England showdown talks in 2016 - Mirror Online
Wayne Rooney’s wife Coleen has claimed fellow WAG Rebekah has secretly sold details about her personal life to the press

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