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Major Link Soccer: IFAB closes a critical loophole in the laws of the game

Zlatan continues to be full of himself, and T-Pain steps up to help his local team

Nickelodeon’s Second Annual SlimeFest At Huntington Bank Pavilion In Chicago - Show Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Nickelodeon

Stefan Frei is no longer allowed to throw the ball the length of the field for a goal, but was that possible? Zlatan thinks he knows better than Ajax. FIFA lost a big team to PES but they still keep Ronaldo and Co.

MLS

“I would do a better job than anyone who is sitting there now.” Ibrahimovic: LA Galaxy star wants director role at Ajax | football

The long, tumultuous relationship is finally over. Portland Timbers, former DP Lucas Melano mutually agree to part ways | MLSsoccer.com

The league has already given the city exclusive negotiating rights for team #29, but there’s still work to be done to demonstrate they have a viable proposal. St. Louis ownership group makes presentation to MLS expansion committee | Soccer | stltoday.com

Why LA Galaxy-LAFC is already one of the world’s great club rivalries | MLSsoccer.com
World’s greatest seems a little hyperbolic, but they make a...case.

NWSL

All too often we hear stories of NWSL players deciding the sacrifices are too great and walking away from the game at too young an age. ‘I wasn’t willing to compromise my happiness’: Former Utah Royals FC center back Sam Johnson opens up about why she decided to retire | Deseret News
The 28-year-old played her final game for URFC on June 28.

USA

What’s old and buried is new again as a year-old interview resurfaces in the wake of the USWNT’s outspoken celebration of their title. Ashlyn Harris defends USWNT against Jaelene Hinkle’s anti-Christian claim: ‘Your religion was never the problem’ | Sporting News
The USWNT keeper had some choice words for Hinkle and showed religion was not the problem.

Thanks to Tallahassee native and famed musician T-Pain, the Tallahassee Soccer Club is officially playoff-bound. ‘I’m goin’ in’: T-Pain helps fund Tallahassee Soccer Club’s playoff trip
Since this is a text-based medium you’ll have to imagine the auto-tune effect in that quote.

World

After a month of rules controversies at the World Cup, the International Football Association Board has stepped up with changes for 2020 which address... none of those issues. But they did finally ban keepers from throwing the ball into the opposing net for a goal! Please debate if that is even possible.

‘Juventus’ dropped from FIFA 20 due to PES deal
Juventus will be on the FIFA 20 video game under the name “Piedmonte Calcio” after the Serie A champions signed an exclusive deal with PES 2020.

The Argentina Football Association want Lionel Messi’s red card rescinded, according to reports in the country. No word on whether they agree with his accusation that the referees were corrupt.

In what is surely a big surprise, Arsenal’s ownership group disagrees with criticism from fans that they’re part of the problem. Josh Kroenke: Arsenal director says club needs ‘stability not more change’ - BBC Sport

Insert your favorite “Delight” pun here. Matthijs de Ligt has landed in Turin and ‘is really happy to be here’

A new study has raised concerns over the treatment of head injuries in English football after it was found that Premier League players miss just 10 days of action after a head injury, a significantly shorter amount of time than their counterparts in MLS.

General nerdy stuff

Overwatch League to host 2-5 homestands in each city in 2020
Each Overwatch League franchise will host two to five homestand weekends in 2020 as the esports league launches an unprecedented home-and-away schedule spanning three continents.

What’s on Today?

Too much to list today but:

UEFA U19 Championships - 7:45 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. - ESPN3

MLS - 4:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. - ESPN+

USL - 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., & 6:00 p.m. - ESPN+

Arsenal v. Bayern Munich - International Champions Cup - 8:00 p.m. - ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes

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