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Major Link Soccer: Megan Rapinoe wants more from Ronaldo, Messi and Ibrahimovic

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Rapinoe wants three of the best in the world to do more to tackle racism and sexism issues in the world.

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Rapinoe has some new commemorative boots coming out, the Fire are in the process of hiring a sporting director and Veracruz is really bad. How bad? They were disaffiliated from Mexico’s first division following a financial breakdown. Yikes!

Seattle

A lot of work goes into the creation of a single pair of commemorative boots that will never retail and sometimes never see the light of day. ‘It’s not just another shoe’: Inside the creation of Nike’s one-of-one boots for Ballon d’Or winner Megan Rapinoe – The Athletic ($)

Megan Rapinoe believes superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic should do more to tackle racism and sexism.. Megan Rapinoe calls on Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo to help in fight for equality

MLS/USL

GM Nelson Rodriguez will move to the business side after the hire. Chicago Fire in the process of hiring a sporting director – The Athletic

NWSL/Women’s Soccer

One day before the USWNT won a second consecutive World Cup, Scott delivered 58 individualized notes — one for each player and staff member.. Dawn Scott bids emotional farewell after decade with USWNT: ‘For me, it’s all about opportunity’ – Equalizer Soccer ($)

Asian Player of the Year Saki Kumagai says the development of club football is crucial to the continued improvement of the women’s game on the world’s most populous continent. Club game key to development of Asian women's football: Kumagai - Reuters

USA

Since the U.S. men’s soccer team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and tumbled into turmoil, it has gained a new coach and its federation has a new president. But the foundation that precipitated the men’s team loss hasn’t been repaired.. U.S. Soccer Federation’s Struggles Deepen - WSJ

WORLD

Meet the 25-year-old rookie who moved up from the 11th division to the top flight. Kader Bamba went from amateur soccer to trying tricks against PSG - SBNation.com

Liga MX side Veracruz was disaffiliated from Mexico’s first division following a financial breakdown at the club on Wednesday, according to sources. 'Worst club' Veracruz gets Liga MX boot amid struggles

What’s on TV?

11:15 AM: Ajax v. Willem II - Eredivisie - ESPN+

11:30 AM: Eintracht Frankfurt v. Hertha BSC - Bundesliga - FOX Sports 2

11:35 AM: Inter v. Roma - Serie A - ESPN+

4:30 PM: Washington State v. North Carolina - NCAA Women’s Soccer - ESPNU

6:30 PM: UCLA v. Stanford - NCAA Women’s Soccer - ESPNU