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Chicago’s search for a TD continues, a new youngest Champions League goal scorer.

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MLS / USL

Four years and $9.5m fee for the Liga MX golden boot winner. Sporting Kansas City Sign Designated Player Liga MX Striker Alan Pulido for Record Fee - The Blue Testament

Yes, we thought we’d have an update on Starfire by now, too. Three thoughts on the Revolution’s new training center - The Bent Musket

The business of sports – specifically MLS expansion and the next MLS television contract – that’s a bulk of the conversation in this episode of On Frame. On Frame: JohnWallStreet discusses MLS expansion, television contract and more | Pro Soccer USA

An industry analyst also estimates that MLS expansion fees could increase from $200 million to as much as $600 million for teams 31 and 32. Next MLS TV rights deal could be make or break for U.S. league - World Soccer Talk

After a breakout year in 2019, the 19-year-old had his contract extended with TAM. FC Dallas, Homegrown forward Jesus Ferreira agree to new contract | MLSsoccer.com

For the second year in a row, Atlanta will use KSU’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium for their opening CCL fixture. Atlanta United to host Concacaf Champions League match at Kennesaw State | MLSsoccer.com

From their new stadium to the fledgling academy, FCC’s CEO hopes that new investors will help FC Cincinnati realize more grand ambitions. New investors will help FC Cincinnati bring “grand ambitions” to reality says Carl Lindner | MLSsoccer.com

Heitz has been without a job since mid-2017, but has experience developing some notable players. Chicago Fire interview Georg Heitz for sporting director, though no hire made | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL / women’s leagues

In a first, countries from two different federations will submit a joint bid. Australia and New Zealand form bid to co-host 2023 Women’s World Cup

Her trash-talking is both good and fun in a sport that puts too much emphasis on “role models”. Meet Katie Meyer, the trash-talking goalie who led Stanford to the college soccer championship - SBNation.com

Finally, a list Megan Rapinoe didn’t top. The 100 best female footballers in the world 2019 | The Guardian

US soccer

Compared to the challenges which lie ahead, finding a new head coach might have been the easy part for new USWNT general manager Kate Markgraf. “We need to evolve”: How Kate Markgraf plans to keep the USWNT on top – Equalizer Soccer ($)

World soccer

Most people would be hard pressed to find New Caledonia on a map, much less name a soccer team from there, but they have a squad at the Club World Cup. Hienghene Sport - a boarding school manager and beach soccer specialists - BBC Sport

The club has started speaking up about investigating potential human rights violations as they prepare to fly there for the Club World Cup. Liverpool back calls for investigations into migrant worker deaths in Qatar | The Guardian

Last season’s semi-finalists are knocked out in the group stage. Ajax 0-1 Valencia: Last year’s Champions League semi-finalists eliminated - BBC Sport

Barcelona’s Ansu Fati is the Champions League’s youngest goalscorer - Barca Blaugranes
Less than three minutes after entering the match, the 17-year-old struck the winner against Inter Milan.

The Blues are through to the knockout stages. Chelsea 2-1 Lille, Champions League: Post-match reaction, ratings - We Ain’t Got No History

Not to be outdone, the Reds also move on to the knockout rounds. RB Salzburg 0, Liverpool 2 - Match Recap: The Reds Top Group E - The Liverpool Offside

AFC Wimbledon’s first chairman, Kris Stewart, is believed to have said: ‘We lose control, day one’ about the effect of external investment in the club. Majority of AFC Wimbledon fans oppose private investors in new stadium | The Guardian

From Arsenal fans turning on Xhaka to both sets of supporters booing on Monday night, jeering is a soundtrack to the season. New jeer greetings: how useful is it to boo your own team? | The Guardian

Culture

Acquisitions Incorporated: From podcast to canon Dungeons & Dragons book

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