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To stay United, the keeper wants to be captain. Also Harry Kane had a ridiculous goal.

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Yes, last night did not end fun. Take your mind off it with soccer news from everywhere else, including transfers, a USL consecutive wins record, and Harry Kane’s great goal.

MLS/USL

Will Ferrell is pretty cool, but still they are not the coolest club. Jones: What makes LAFC the coolest club in all the land | MLSsoccer.com
"LAFC never set out to be cool. If they had, they never would have been." ...

Phoenix did it by beating Austin Bold on $1 beer night. RISING FC RUNS RIOT TO CLAIM 10TH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY, EQUAL USL CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD

This will definitely make the Fire better... Or something. Chicago Fire add former US international defender Jonathan Bornstein | MLSsoccer.com

Maybe Bruce Arena really is key to MLS success? Red-hot Revs beat FC Cincy, make it 10 games unbeaten (video) – ProSoccerTalk

There's no team in MLS that's hotter than Bruce Arena's New England Revolution.

He couldn’t do anything against Seattle, remember that. Pity Martinez gives Frank de Boer what he wants with game-winner | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL

Chicago Red Stars come back to beat North Carolina Courage in front of record crowd | Pro Soccer USA
The Chicago Red Stars played in front of a record crowd and knocked off the North Carolina Courage with goals from Vanessa DiBernardo and Sam Kerr.

USA

Some non-soccer stuff but still pretty cool. Dorktown: Mavericks-Spurs, and the greatest coaching performance in NBA history - SBNation.com
This story deserves a full, 22-page comic book. So that’s what we made.

Maybe she really didn’t know. Christen Press says she was not aware of Barstool Sports site when approached with opportunity to partner with it - The Salt Lake Tribune

World

Congrats to Algeria!!! Early Goal Is All Algeria Needs to Capture Africa Cup of Nations - The New York Times
Algeria beat Senegal to win the Cup for the first time since 1990.

Is Mata saying this to keep Pogba at United or is Pogba actually a good locker room guy?Juan Mata: Paul Pogba 'brings everybody at Man Utd together' - BBC Sport
Paul Pogba is a "positive influence" at Manchester United despite claims the midfielder wants to leave, says team-mate Juan Mata.

The 2nd round of qualifying is underway, then another round before we even think about group stages. Champions League: Celtic could face Maccabi Tel-Aviv or Cluj - BBC Sport
Celtic will play Israeli side Maccabi Tel-Aviv or Cluj of Romania in the Champions League third qualifying round if they overcome Nomme Kalju.

After forcing his way out of Atletico Madrid, he will need to adapt fast to a very different style of soccer at Camp Nou. Antoine Griezmann 'will adjust' style at Barcelona - BBC Sport
New signing Antoine Griezmann says he will adapt his style at Barcelona and can "contribute many things."

With how much they’ve spent this summer, can’t imagine how they could afford Neymar anyway. Barcelona exec on Neymar: “We aren’t looking at it” – ProSoccerTalk
The Barcelona vice-president has talked down a potential Neymar return for some time now.

Turns out not transferring last year, was a big bust. Lyon’s Nabil Fekir completes bargain transfer to Real Betis – ProSoccerTalk
Considered a big-money target of Liverpool just last summer, Fekir's value has plummeted for a variety of reasons.

Real just want Bale out, I can’t imagine free is really a good idea for their bottom line here but I guess anything to make him leave makes Zidane happy. Source: Real would let Bale go to China for free
Real Madrid would be willing to let Gareth Bale leave this summer to China for free, as they look to unblock a tense situation at the Bernabeu.

Yasser Larouci is very lucky. FYI, video is not in the article, tweet is below. Liverpool youngster ‘lucky’ after vicious foul
”It looks like he was lucky but, of course, how it always is with these things we have to wait a little bit,” Klopp said on Larouci.

You try scoring from midfield. Harry Kane says winner from halfway line against Juventus ‘one of my best’ | Football | The Guardian
The Spurs forward has labelled his long-range winner against Juventus in a Singapore friendly as ‘one of the best of my career’

Pogba probably wants it too, if he stays. Standoff? De Gea keen on Manchester United captaincy as he closes on new deal | Football | The Guardian
David de Gea has said he would love to be named Manchester United captain as the goalkeeper prepares to extend his stay with the club

You will need translate to read this but, in short, Dario Benedetto is transferring to Olympique Marseille. Benedetto, con un pie en el avión pero rumbo a Marsella | DEPO |
El último sábado por la noche se terminó de definir el pase de Darío Benedetto a Olympique de Marsella, luego que el equipo francea

Some Non-Soccer

I won’t pretend to know about D&D, but I know plenty of people that read this site enjoy it, so here you go! Dungeons & Dragons and Joe Manganiello takeover the BAIT store during San Diego Comic-Con
Joe Manganiello’s Dungeons & Dragons fashion line Death Saves tookover the BAIT store during San Diego Comic-Con along with the Wizards of the Coast brand.

Same thing is true about magic... The Story Universe of Magic: The Gathering Is Expanding | WIRED
Can a complicated, nerdy card game turn into a cross-media story? Maybe it already is one.

Joe Manganiello, Deborah Ann Woll, and more on great storylines and life lessons learned from D&D
Earlier this year D&D Live 2019: The Descent, the Dungeons & Dragons community gathered in L.A. for an “immersive entertainment experience” to learn about the latest D&D storyline and watch some of their favorite celebrities play it through live. The A.V. Club was on the floor for the event where we had the chance to speak with avid players and game designers to talk about the magic of Dungeons & Dragons.

What’s on Today?

Germany U19 v. Spain U19 - UEFA Women’s U19 Championships - 8:00 a.m. - ESPN3

France U19 v. Norway U19 - UEFA Women’s U19 Championships - 10:15 a.m. - ESPN3

Netherlands U19 v. Scotland U19 - UEFA Women’s U19 Championships - 10:15 a.m. - ESPN3

Ajax v. Panathinaikos = 9:00 a.m. - ESPN3