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Major Link Soccer: Mexico and USMNT add a September friendly

El Tri and the USMNT will face-off in a “meaningless” game, plenty of USMNT players are transferring, and Iker Casillas is coaching

Mexico v United States: Final - 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Photo by John Dorton/ ISI Photos/Getty Images

Major Link Soccer is getting a small revamp. You’ll still get all the big (and small) stories from across the globe, but with a little more on what you are about to read. If there are easy to watch matches, we’ll tell you those too. This is your open thread for the days soccer news, join us!

Today has plenty of transfers, including a round-up of all USMNT (and fringe) transfers.

Seattle

You are not going to figure out Seattle’s next signing, but watching what Henderson travel is like, is great! Nonstop Scouting with Sounders FC | Episode 2 | Seoul - YouTube
In episode 1, Henderson was in Japan. Now he's in South Korea.

MLS/USL

Turns out, they weren’t happy with the loss. Four thoughts on another ordinary Atlanta United loss - Dirty South Soccer
Extraordinary or extra ordinary?

Former Sounder on the move, maybe a precursor to joining them in their inaugural season. NEWS: Earthquakes Loan Defender Jimmy Ockford to Nashville SC | San Jose Earthquakes

Um... these are takes. Warshaw: 24 takeaways on 24 teams after Week 19 | MLSsoccer.com
Bobby thinks the Sounders have suddenly become a team that depends on "outcompeting" opponents, whatever that means.

He was not flopping when he went down. Hopefully Shea has a speedy recovery (and has time to get a better hair style). Report: Brek Shea has torn ACL; Atlanta United acquire Mo Adams from Chicago - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta United has apparently lost a player to injury, but appear to be bringing one in.

Not much in the form of concrete guidelines but the Road to 30 (and more) is becoming more clear. MLS provides updates on St. Louis, Charlotte, Sacramento expansion bids | MLSsoccer.com

USA

Christen Press and Rose Lavelle Pull Up a Barstool and That’s Not Great - Backline Soccer
Because we’re so often called on to defend the silly or the meaningless or are asked to think of the children, when a women's soccer player does step over the line we don’t always want to point out the gross thing they have done.

Gold Cup success! Tyler Boyd: Besiktas signs USMNT winger | SI.com
Tyler Boyd enjoyed success on loan in Turkey, and he'll look to continue his rise on the club stage at perennial power Besiktas.

Tyler Boyd is not the only player on the move this summer. USMNT Weekly Youth Update: Player Movement in Full Effect - Stars and Stripes FC
It’s a game of MNT musical chairs. Gio Reyna joined Dortmund and is part of the USA travel roster for the Germans.

In a game that matters less, the USMNT may still not win. USMNT to face Mexico in September - Stars and Stripes FC
CONCACAF’s greatest rivalry won’t wait long for its next episode.

World

Corruption knows no borders. Caf boss Ahmad paid expenses for same days but different countries - BBC Sport
Confederation of African Football president Ahmad received at least two sets of expenses, claiming to be in different countries, for the same nine-day period during the 2018 World Cup.

Get well Iker! Iker Casillas given coaching role at Porto two months after having heart attack - BBC Sport
Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas is given a role on the club's coaching staff as he continues his recovery from a heart attack suffered two months ago.

I am not an Arsenal fan, I would like Arsenal to keep losing. If you are, well please accept that I want them to keep losing. Stan Kroenke: Arsenal fans and bloggers sign letter calling for change - BBC Sport
Sixteen prominent Arsenal supporters' groups and bloggers sign a letter calling on owner Stan Kroenke to "reinvigorate" the Premier League club.

He left as a hero, how would he return? Should Tottenham sign or pass on Bale? – ProSoccerTalk
Tottenham has reportedly expressed interest in signing Gareth Bale, though it can't reach his contract figures.

What’s on Today?

Fiorentina v. Chivas Guadalajara - International Champions Cup - 6 p.m. - ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

Norway U19 v. Netherlands U19 - UEFA U19 Women’s European Championship - 8 a.m. - ESPN3

Spain U19 v. Belgium U19 - UEFA U19 Women’s European Championship - 8 a.m. - ESPN3

Scotland U19 v. France U19 - UEFA U19 Women’s European Championship - 11:30 a.m. - ESPN3

England U19 v. Germany U19 - UEFA U19 Women’s European Championship - 11:30 a.m. - ESPN3

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