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Major Link Soccer: Zinedine Zidane is back at Madrid

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Real gets a new manager, Jermaine Jones signs in MASL, and Grealish’s attacker is sentenced.

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Seattle

The F.B.I. Is Trying to Return Thousands of Stolen Artifacts, Including Native American Burial Remains | Smart News | Smithsonian
Five years after the F.B.I.'s six-day raid on a rural Indiana home, the agency is turning to the public for help identifying and repatriating the artifacts

Transforming Cheney Stadium Into a Field of Dreams — REIGN FC: THE BOLD

MLS

Forward Madison’s new kits turn the creativity up to full-mingo - E Pluribus Loonum
All four jerseys are unique and fun designs.

Chalkboard: FC Dallas gets a full dose of Paxton Pomykal - Big D Soccer
The success or failure of FC Dallas in 2019 rests on Paxton’s shoulders

Using k-means to learn what soccer passing tells us about playing styles — American Soccer Analysis
When you talk about a soccer team, you almost always talk about its style: high-pressing, possession-heavy, parking-the-bus, etc. A team’s style not only signifies how they play on the field but also reflects its coaching. Since there aren't guidelines on how the style of the team should be defined, everyone uses their own rules and we can't directly compare each other's descriptions.

LAFC captain Carlos Vela named MLS Player of the Week - Angels on Parade
Mexican star throws down a marker for 2019 season.

Midway miracle: Saturday night at the Black Hart of St. Paul | MinnPost
The Black Hart bills itself on Twitter as “queer soccer bar in Midway neighborhood of St. Paul,” in homage to the spot’s former occupant at 1415 University, the Town House bar.

US National Teams

Home and away USWNT World Cup jerseys officially unveiled - Stars and Stripes FC
Here’s what the team will wear as they defend their World Cup title.

Jermaine Jones: Ontario Fury of MASL to sign ex-USMNT star | SI.com
Jermaine Jones will become the next ex-U.S. men's national team star to have a go in the MASL.

Nike Unveils the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s World Cup Kit - Vogue
When the players take the pitch in Paris, they’ll be kitted out in Nike’s newest performance apparel for women.

World

Grealish attacker pleads guilty to assault and pitch invasion - 7500 To Holte
Don't attack players, guys.

OFFICIAL: Zinedine Zidane returns to Real Madrid - Managing Madrid
The club just made it official.

How Spurs’ poor form is changing the top four race - Cartilage Free Captain
Bad luck or bottlers?

Gareth Bale and the Santiago Bernabeu - Managing Madrid
The last in a long list of players booed by the Santiago Bernabeu, it’s very likely that Gareth Bale will leave Real Madrid this summer without really knowing the reason behind the socios’...

APNewsBreak: FIFA study backs 48-team World Cup in 2022
LONDON (AP) — A FIFA feasibility study concluded the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams by using at least one of Qatar's neighbors as an additional host, and found there is a low legal risk to...

Zinedine Zidane’s return to Real Madrid may be even better than his departure - SBNation.com
Only Zizou could have orchestrated a comeback so masterfully.

Culture

The Fortnite dance lawsuits are being dismissed, for now - Polygon
Thanks to a new Supreme Court decision which alters the process of US Copyright law, several of the celebrities who have filed lawsuits against Epic Games over Fortnite dances are dismissing the suits.