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The transfer was called off and Bev Yanez talks about soccer, coffee, and her dogs.

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A lot happened across the world of soccer over the weekend, from Bale’s transfer to China breaking down to Vincent Kompany losing his first match as player-manager at Anderlecht. Oh and the Sounders won 1-0 in Houston because woo!

Seattle

Las Vegas Lights FC is a rival of the Defiance and if that wasn’t clear before the 4-1 win, with three red cards, it is now. Tempers Get Heated, the Standings Don’t Matter, History Does - Tacoma Defiance

Betos is out for the season with a torn achilles, but on or off-the-field, she gives a great interview. Michelle Betos interview: ‘Stay just a little bit longer’ – Reign FC keeper’s unbreakable link in the chain | Beats & Rhymes FC
Reign FC goalkeeper Michelle Betos is conscious of – and eternally grateful for – the great times her sport has let her share with people, though the pro game can soon separate you from those same companions.

If nothing else, this article has an Instagram post with dogs in it! Must Love Dogs, Soccer, and Coffee - BGN - Beautiful Game Network
Beverly Yanez has found a home in the Pacific Northwest with her high-school sweetheart husband, coffee, and two adorable pups.

MLS

You probably have already seen this but the cat is awesome and deserves to be shown again. Cat executes perfect run in the channel during RSL-Tigres Leagues Cup game | MLSsoccer.com

Is the Leagues Cup a good tournament? Is it too early? Boehm: Leagues Cup and the long evolution of the MLS-Liga MX relationship | MLSsoccer.com
There are plenty of people who want this to happen, but why they rolled it out so quickly remains mystery.

The former USMNT man is hoping to revive success in MLS. Jonathan Bornstein ready for new challenge with Fire - Chicago Sun-Times
Since leaving MLS almost a decade ago, Bornstein has played in Mexico and Israel and is eager to live in the United States with his family.

This Leagues Cup tournament could be worth it Dirty South Soccer thinks, but if they continue to make CCL, they won’t play in it. Campeones Cup is worth fleshing out for Liga MX and MLS - Dirty South Soccer
In a new world of meaningless competitions, the Campeones Cup could have a logical place.

NWSL

Back to her attacking role instead of leftback, Dunn is back for the NWSL season. Crystal Dunn ‘still on cloud nine’ after U.S. women’s World Cup title, return to NWSL
Dunn’s World Cup gold medal hangs on the door of a closet near her bed at home. Waking up to that sight is a pretty good way to start the morning.

Amy Rodriguez has been part of a league that shutdown and a NWSL team that shutdown, this World Cup bump means more. How Amy Rodriguez Views The USWNT World Cup Win, NWSL Challenge
Amy Rodriguez has seen some things in women's soccer.

USA

Roldan, Morris, and Lodeiro may all be gone with the USMNT and Uruguay when they play in St.Louis in September. While the match is an international break, some MLS teams have matches during it, including the Sounders. USMNT to play Uruguay in September - Stars and Stripes FC
This one could hurt Sounders as three players could be forced to miss the Sept. 7 match against the Rapids that was rescheduled from earlier this year.

It is unclear why the US denied the visas for the 11 Guatemalan youth players but the federation will be allowed by Concacaf to pick new players. 11 Guatemala U15s denied travel visas to U.S.
Guatemala won't skip the 2019 Concacaf Boys' U15 Championship in Florida despite the fact that 11 players were denied visas to travel to the U.S.

World

I can’t blame fans for not wanting Monday and Friday games but La Liga had them already scheduled and a TV deal for them. This seems more like a case of the Spanish Federation not liking the decision than fans. La Liga fixtures changed by Spanish Football Federation as it attempts to stop Monday & Friday games - BBC Sport
The Spanish Football Federation rules that La Liga games cannot be played on Fridays and Mondays without its approval, and changes the season's opening fixtures.

Soccer can heal relationships and wounds unlike anything else. This Is Football shows the ‘magic of the game’ is not just a sales pitch | Barney Ronay | Football | The Guardian
For once, emotions are genuinely stirred by the story of Rwanda and how the game helped heal its divisions

The Wolves has spent around £200m since returning to the Premier League. Wolves set to complete signing of Patrick Cutrone from Milan | Football | The Guardian
Wanderers are set to complete the signing of Milan forward Patrick Cutrone in a deal that could rise to £20m

Wolves is keeping the spending up with Europa League matches this year. Nuno Espírito Santo: ‘It is like Coca-Cola, they never change the recipe’ | Football | The Guardian
The Wolves manager predicts a new football cycle but his team’s identity will not alter as they prepare for Europa League action

Yes, this is FIFA of years ago where you can play career mode as a player-manager. Kompany starts, loses first league game as Anderlecht player-manager – ProSoccerTalk
Anderlecht fans welcomed Vincent Kompany back home with a banner that read "Left like a prince, came back like a king!"

Notts County is being bought by football analysts. The two ran Football Radar which analyzed trends and teams throughout Europe. Alexander and Christoffer Reedtz complete takeover - News - Notts County FC
Alexander and Christoffer Reedtz have released the following statement after acquiring Notts County from Alan Hardy.

FIFA wants to grow the tournament as fast as they can, money is a big thing. FIFA seeks quick expansion of Women's World Cup to 32 teams | AP
FIFA wants its ruling council to fast-track expansion of the next Women's World Cup to 32 teams.

World Cup bump is helping more than just NWSL. Exclusive: Women's Super League clubs report boost in season ticket sales after England's World Cup campaign
Clubs across the Women’s Super League are breaking their season ticket sales records following England’s fourth-placed finish at the World Cup this summer.

Some of these are not terrible but most of them are just bad. Like very bad. Thoughts? Toe Poke Daily: We need to talk about these awful warm-up kits
Every summer, some new club jerseys are rightly panned by fans. But the truly heinous kit crimes slip unpunished under the radar: warm-up kits.

While reports seemed to suggest that Real Madrid would allow Bale to move to China for free, no fee is why Real Madrid is pulling out of the deal. Report: Real Madrid cancel Bale move to Jiangsu
Gareth Bale's proposed move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning has been called off by Real Madrid, according to the BBC.

Fans are not always good at voting. FIFA should stop allowing fans to take part in Best voting - All For XI
We don’t want to take a voice away from the fans, but maybe we could add some voices that aren’t horribly biased?

The new president is a former soccer player trying his hand at rugby management. ‘I’m not an expert’: rugby league president Tony Adams looks to Stuart Pearce | Sport | The Guardian
The new Rugby Football League president Tony Adams said he will stay out of the technical aspect of the game

Racist incidents, among others, have risen dramatically over the last year. Discrimination in football ‘like wild west’ at grassroots level | Football | The Guardian
Kick It Out said discrimination in grassroots football is ‘like the wild west’ after figures show reported incidents increased by a third last season

Reports of racism are up in the Premier League as well. theScore - Reports of racism in English football rise sharply
Reports of racism in English football rise sharply

The situation became a letdown and left some feeling like it was a hoax. The Gay Footballer Twitter account has left me insulted - it was disrespectful to so many people struggling - Aaron Flanagan - Mirror Online
The Gay Footballer Twitter account was deleted just hours before it was claimed a Championship player would come out publicly.

What’s on Today?

Nothing on TV or easy to stream. AC Milan v. Benfica and MLS/USL matches are on ESPN+ for replays. NWSL matches from the weekend are on Yahoo Sports USA for replays.