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Major Link Soccer: Zlatan talks El Trafico

Always good to read what Zlatan thinks, Trippier signs in Madrid, and more from the Kroenke’s on Arsenal.

MLS: Toronto FC at LA Galaxy Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Some great stuff on NWSL players, foreign soccer, and the death of the number 10 position. Want soccer games decided by coin flips, read about those too! Oh and some Zlatan talking about Zlatan.

MLS/NPSL

Plenty of teams played in friendlies but some had meaningful league matches. Wednesday Recap: Warshaw & Doyle break down the midweek action | MLSsoccer.com
There were four MLS matches that weren't so friendly last night.

Anything about Zlatan is a good read. For Zlatan's LA Galaxy, LAFC's level (but not style) of play is the goal | MLSsoccer.com
As the LA Galaxy look across town and see LAFC's rise to the top of the Western Conference and Supporters' Shield tables, they see a model not all that different from what they envision for themselves.

Not Ruidiaz level good, but good. GOAL: Jozy Altidore's cheeky flick gives Toronto early lead | MLSsoccer.com
I don't always watch Toronto goals, really I don't, but this one was pretty nice.

MORE ZLATAN. Ibrahimovic says he's still better than Vela 'by far'
LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he is "by far" still the best player in MLS even compared to LAFC's Carlos Vela.

Ah yes, coin flips to decide games because of weather and logistical disagreements. Got to love lower division soccer. Midwest Region Quarterfinal To Be Decided By Coin Toss — AFC Ann Arbor

NWSL

Black NWSL players talk building a career in American soccer - All For XI
Midge Purce, Lynn Williams, and Reign FC's Taylor Smith on their experiences as black soccer players in America.

Utah Royals FC’s Christen Press opts out of press conference with USWNT teammates - The Salt Lake Tribune
Amid ongoing backlash for her partnership with Barstool Sports, the national team star was said to not be feeling well.

USA

Barstool’s rep is... not good. Christen Press's Barstool deal is a slap in the face to what the USWNT stand for | Football | The Guardian. The USA star’s mystifying choice to partner with Barstool, a company antithetical to the USWNT’s values of inclusiveness, has allowed her team’s identity to be co-opted on its victory lap.

I always love something that talks about players wanting to be Megan Rapinoe. Her dad always wanted her to play soccer. Then the US women's team showed her she could - CNN. Forget bend it like Beckham. Young players everywhere are working to rip it like Rapinoe.

Former soccer prodigy Freddy Adu helping coach Anne Arundel youth team while looking to play again - Baltimore Sun. Once anointed the "next Pelé," Freddy Adu, now 30, is co-coaching NLS Ajax, a boys club soccer team based in Anne Arundel County.

World

Owning soccer teams is something Kroenke’s do but without much attention to them it seems. Josh Kroenke responds to Arsenal fans’ open letter, still DGAF about Rapids - Burgundy Wave. Both Josh and Stan Kroenke made a rare appearance at DSGP on Tuesday night.

Man City's new kit and other interesting football shirts - CBBC Newsround. Pretty cool kit, kind of popsicle like.

An English player has not played for Atleti for a long, long time. Kieran Trippier: Tottenham right-back joins Atletico Madrid for £20m - BBC Sport. England right-back Kieran Trippier has completed a £20m move to Spanish side Atletico Madrid from Tottenham.

England captain had to stop players chanting 'Allez' in No 10 visit after World Cup win | The Independent. May not be soccer, but respect for the English National Cricket Team and their celebrations.

This is not acceptable for any team. 'This is the reality': Brazilian women's football team sleep in hotel lobby | Football | The Guardian. The coach of Santos women’s team has criticised the Brazilian Football Confederation after her players were forced to spend part of the night in a hotel lobby before a crucial first division game

Do I envy Villa? No. Do I envy the jersey? A little bit. Aston Villa reveal 19/20 away kit - 7500 To Holte. Villa’s new away kit has been revealed (and it’s good)

Are they though? Mesut Ozil's decline shows football's No. 10s are a dying breed. Mesut Ozil had an otherworldly 2015-16 for Arsenal. Ever since, he -- and the rest of football's great No. 10s -- have been in steep decline.

I’m sure he’ll be no Danny Leyva but at 17, Greenwood should still be pretty good for the Red Devils. Greenwood, 17, could start Prem opener - Ole. Mason Greenwood is in contention to start Manchester United's Premier League opener against Chelsea, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

These might be calm matches or incredibly volatile, only time will tell. Iran vs. Iraq, S Korea vs. N Korea in WC draw. South Korea will face North Korea in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asia Cup as the draw for the second round was made on Wednesday.

What’s on Today?

Czech Republic U19 v. Norway U19 - European U19 Championship - 7:45 a.m. - ESPN3

Ireland U19 v. France U19 - European U19 Championship - 10:00 a.m. - ESPN3

Ajax v. Watford - International Friendly - 9:00 a.m. - ESPN3

FC Cincinnati v. DC United - 5:00 p.m. - ESPN

Portland Timbers v. Orlando City SC - 7:00 p.m. - ESPN

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