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Major Link Soccer: James Harden buys part of the Houston Dash and Dynamo

The NBA star is buying into his community soccer clubs. Zlatan talked again...And USWNT players doing some cool things.

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Stadium deals, James Harden, and unfortunately more Zlatan being Zlatan. An English side has a hired a woman to run their academy (awesome) and the English FA is unhappy with Daniel Sturridge and Huddersfield Town’s kit designs.

Seattle

Q: Why hasn’t “A spate of injuries hasn’t stopped the Reign yet – Equalizer Soccer” A: Because they are awesome.

Worth a listen! Ep. 49: An Interview with Reign FC Forward Darian Jenkins — An Educated Guess

MLS/USL

Zlatan is older and better. Per Zlatan. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has words for Carlos Vela - LAG Confidential
He isn’t wrong

The former Sounder would make sense as a Premier League project. Warning, paywall. Premier League interest in Aaron Long a test case for MLS player valuations on the world market – The Athletic
If sold, the defender would provide the first real evidence of a development pipeline for a non-homegrown player

Will the Dynamo and Dash just go iso for 90 minutes now? NBA star James Harden joins Houston Dynamo & Dash ownership group | MLSsoccer.com
"Houston is my home now, and I saw this as a way to invest in my city and expand my business interests at the same time."

Take two on the Harden deal. James Harden Acquiring Minority Stake In Houston Dynamo, Dash - Front Office Sports
Harden is expected to acquire a 5% stake in the organization at a valuation well over $475 million, sources said.

Take three on the deal, from the local SB Nation guys. And no, Chris Paul was not traded during this article. NBA Superstar James Harden Reportedly Joining Dynamo/Dash Ownership Group - Dynamo Theory
Houston Rockets star James Harden has reportedly joined the ownership group that controls the Dynamo and Dash.

Getting a stadium deal is great, getting a deal done in a place called Butchertown is even better. How Louisville City’s Leadership Earned Stadium Project Success

I would bet the Tacoma Defiance and Sounders would not be okay with this. Sorry about the paywall as well but the link is worth it just for discussion of should MLS affiliates play in D2 or D3. Sources: USL may drop MLS-owned teams from second-tier Championship to third-tier League One by 2021 – The Athletic
Some MLS clubs are not happy with the proposed change

NWSL

Reign > Thorns. Moving forward: How Midge Purce worked her way up the field and Portland’s attacking depth chart - Stumptown Footy
Six goals in seven games. NWSL Team of the Month. Earning starting minutes in an incredibly deep forward pool. What hasn’t Midge Purce done this year?

USA

Look at Frank McDonald’s tweet below, great reaction about when the Sounders played there. Hartford Athletic is finally playing soccer at Dillon Stadium, but why are we still waiting for construction to finish? - Hartford Courant
The pitch used to actually be tilted.

Call them all up I say! The changes in World Cup qualification mean Gregg Berhalter needs to open the player pool - Stars and Stripes FC
Time for the manager to step out of his comfort zone

I don’t know, I like them a lot. The USWNT has thrown likability out the window - All For XI
With societal attitudes shifting and the players feeling more comfortable in their power, they’re being more outspoken than ever.

More USWNT players doing awesome things. US Women’s World Cup’s Alex Morgan Looks to Launch Media Venture - Bloomberg
The company will focus on storytelling, specifically content for girls created by female athletes.

Julie Ertz just keeps getting cooler. After World Cup title win, Julie Ertz returns to NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars and publishes a children’s book
Ertz has barely had time to breathe since the Women’s World Cup ended a week and a half ago.

World

Finishing third sucks, but it is better than finishing fourth. Third-place games in international soccer do matter - SBNation.com
No one wants to play for bronze, but everything is a matter of pride.

I dig the kit, FA should just let it go. It looks cool. What do you think? Huddersfield Town: Football Association requests club's 'observations' over 2019-20 kit - BBC Sport
The FA contacts Huddersfield about the heavily branded kit the Championship side claim they will be wearing for the 2019-20 season.

Turns out leagues are unhappy when you tell people to bet where you transfer, when you control where you transfer... FA wants Sturridge betting ban increased
Daniel Sturridge has been fined £75,000 and banned for six weeks, four of which are suspended, for breaching betting regulations.

Juventus is out. Piemonte Calcio is in. Piemonte Calcio Information
Piemonte Calcio will become the new playable team in FIFA 20 with a custom badge and kit throughout Kick-Off, Career Mode, and EA SPORTS VOLTA Football.

Umm..most leagues have winners. Iraq’s post-truth wikipedia league champions: How four titles became six | Ahdaaf
I find it both bizarre and laughable that I had to write this article to point out there was no winner of the Iraqi league in 2003 or 2014.

This is awesome! Hannah Dingley: Forest Green appoint first woman to run men's English football academy - BBC Sport
She'll join Burton Albion's academy.

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