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MLS announces Sacramento as the 29th MLS side. Finally.

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Sacramento finally gets their MLS side. A significant amount of racist behavior issues in England and Serbia. And soccer may help with heart disease but it may cause dementia.

MLS

FINALLY!! MLS Officially Coming to Sacramento - Indomitable City Soccer
After years of waiting, Sacramento’s number is finally called.

More details on the stadium! Major League Soccer awards expansion team to Sacramento | MLSsoccer.com
After more than a few years of trying, Major League Soccer is coming to Sacramento. California's capital city has been awarded an MLS expansion team with Sacramento Republic FC becoming the league's 29th team and beginning play in MLS in 2022.

San Jose for sure, a California Cup maybe, but what about part of the Cascadia rivalry? Who will be Sacramento's MLS rivals? Execs all say the answer is clear | MLSsoccer.com
Those in charge of Sacramento Republic FC are in no doubt as to which team will be their biggest rivals when they enter MLS in 2022.

It’s taken a while but Sacramento finally crossed the line. Sacramento's arrival in MLS is more than a century in the making | MLSsoccer.com
Sacramento Republic FC were announced as the latest club to join MLS on Monday. But their journey has been a long time in the making.

All successful clubs know that community drives success. Sacramento Republic are determined to keep their community-driven roots | MLSsoccer.com
“It means everything,” Sacramento Republic president and COO Ben Gumpert told MLSsoccer.com of the club's motto.

MLS is one of the fastest growing leagues in sports history and in the modern era, their growth is impressive. MLS expansion boom continues at unprecedented rate in modern sports | MLSsoccer.com
Major League Soccer has experienced an expansion boom that is unprecedented in the modern era of professional sports leagues, nearly doubling in size since 2009.

The Argentine tore his ACL in May and the club did not renew his contract. It is unclear if Higuain will retire for good now or not but if he chooses too, the Crew will welcome him to the staff. Columbus Crew parts ways with ‘legend’ Higuain, move in a new direction - Massive Report
The legendary Argentinean midfielder ended his time with the Black & Gold and won’t return in 2020.

USA

This isn’t just the US is missing players because sheer numbers but because they are failing to look at the right players and places. US Soccer Is Neglecting Latino Talent—and It Shows | The Nation
There are millions of youths playing soccer in the United States. So why is the men’s national team so terrible?

The former USMNT man has recommendations on how to improve his now rival. USMNT legend Hugo Perez on his new role with El Tri, and how U.S. Soccer needs to improve Latino outreach – The Athletic
The former U.S. player, youth coach and scout shares his advice for the U.S. federation after joining their biggest rival as a scout.

Question is it from headers and concussions that are causing dementia, or something else? Study raises fresh dementia concerns from playing pro soccer | Miami Herald
A study of former professional soccer players in Scotland finds they were less likely to die of common causes such as heart disease and cancer compared to the general population but were more likely to die from dementia.

The BBC also took a look into the study and the impacts of soccer on dementia. Dementia in football: Dawn Astle ‘staggered’ by head trauma research - BBC Sport
The daughter of the late Jeff Astle is “staggered” by new research into links between dementia and football.

Great shirts and shouldn’t have removed them. Burlington High School soccer players removed from game for #EqualPay shirts | abc7.com
Burlington High School's women's soccer team has sold more than 700 jerseys calling for equal pay and plans to donate the proceeds to local youth soccer leagues.

From equal pay to equal say in smokes. U.S. Soccer Superstar Megan Rapinoe Talks Cannabis And Feminism: ‘Everyone Needs To Have A Seat At The Table’ | Forbes
In an exclusive conversation, soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe talks cannabis and feminism: “We will use this company and our platform to raise awareness and fight for the legalization of CBD and cannabis everywhere.”

World

The incidents were racist behavior and flares in a match against Portugal. Serbia's Euro 2020 qualifier at home to Luxembourg to be played behind closed doors - BBC Sport
Serbia are ordered to play their next Euro 2020 home qualifier against Luxembourg behind closed doors for the "racist behaviour of its supporters".

Will the Italian Federation step up and do something that actually stops the issue this time? Ronaldo Vieira: Sampdoria midfielder racially abused by Roma fans - BBC Sport
Sampdoria and England Under-21s midfielder Ronaldo Vieira was the target of monkey chants from Roma fans in their 0-0 draw in Serie A.

One way to prevent ownership problems is to ensure any new owner can actually afford to run the team. EFL checks on prospective owners to be reviewed after Bury expulsion | Football | The Guardian
The English Football League is to examine how it can protect clubs from inadequate owners before they are allowed to take over, following the expulsion of Bury.

Seriously though, I really do not see Tottenham firing Poch even if results continue to be sub-par. Mauricio Pochettino fights on but accepts his Tottenham job is in danger | Football | The Guardian
Mauricio Pochettino admitted that if Tottenham’s form did not improve his position as manager would be in danger

The away supporters participated in racist chants and threw bottles and rocks at home players late in the match, the match will have to be replayed. 'We're not that sort of club': Yeovil in shock over racism claims | Football | The Guardian
Supporters back players’ decision to walk off and say they hope there are no long-term repercussions

Bristol City’s fans were chanting at the Luton fans not the players in this case. Bristol City investigate alleged racist chants by their fans at Luton supporters | Football | The Guardian
Bristol City are investigating reports that a small group of their supporters engaged in alleged racist chanting towards Luton fans at Kenilworth Road.

50 years ago violence broke out and a soccer match is still remembered for what happened off the pitch than on it. Three players jailed, one 'kidnapped': Estudiantes v Milan 50 years on | Football | The Guardian
Intercontinental Cup tie in Argentina was marked by bloody violence but one Milan’s player ordeal had only just begun.

Virgil Van Dijk will win but we can pretend to still care and vote. 2019 Ballon d’Or 30-man shortlist released – ProSoccerTalk
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo once again lead the way, while Liverpool and Man City see total 11 combined players nominated.

Megan Rapinoe for the win, though her lack of play for her club side could hurt her. Women’s Ballon d’Or: Lucy Bronze and Ellen White shortlisted for award - BBC Sport
England players Lucy Bronze and Ellen White have made the 20-woman shortlist for the 2019 Women’s Ballon d’Or.

Bringing back ‘the Special One’ (yes that was his Chelsea name) is an option at the Bernabeu. Rumblings that Real Madrid has contact with Jose Mourinho – ProSoccerTalk
Could a reunion take place in the Spanish capital if Zinedine Zidane is axed?

Well they are making too many mistakes to even lead the Premier League and leading it wasn’t enough to win the CL last year. takes to evenMan City make too many mistakes to win Champions League - Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola has said his Manchester City team make too many mistakes to be considered Champions League contenders.

Maybe a manager with so little success at Manchester United shouldn’t goad the defending Champions League boss. Liverpool boss Klopp 'didn't like the menu' at Manchester United - Mourinho
Jose Mourinho goaded Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Manchester United by saying the German manager "did not like the menu."

A single supporter was removed from the match for their conduct. Manchester United remove fan over alleged incidents of racist abuse
Manchester United removed a supporter from Old Trafford over alleged incidents of racist abuse during their 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

Shockingly one side wants Neymar to have zero of the bonus and the other wants all 43 million and they couldn’t find middle ground... Sources: Neymar, Barcelona fail to reach settlement in €43m case
The dispute revolves around a €43 million renewal bonus included in the last contract Neymar signed with former club Barcelona in 2016.

Now that is a lucky draw! FA Cup first round draw: Eighth-tier Chichester City receive bye to second round - BBC Sport
Non-league Chichester City - the lowest ranked club in the FA Cup - receive a bye to the second round following Bury's removal from the competition.

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