Tons of links today because somehow Monday was a bigger news day than the entire weekend. From MLS signings, Zlatan “punishment”, USWNT pay discussions, and more about Gareth Bale, we have something for everyone.
Great shirt that is a tree version of the Iron Front symbol that the league is not allowing. 3 Trees | LikkitP
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Good news for St. Louis, MLS is likely going to keep going past 28 and then past 30. St. Louis Fans Still Waiting for Major League Soccer Expansion Decision | St. Louis Public Radio
Soccer supporters in the region need to wait a bit longer before finding out if the top professional league in the country will award an expansion team to
Congrats to Phoenix! Good news for Sounders fans, the Tacoma Defiance have not been beaten during this streak. Phoenix Rising sets all-time USL record with 11th consecutive win
Phoenix Rising FC immortalized itself in the USL history books with its 11th consecutive win on Saturday night, breaking the league's all-time record.
The commissioner explains... I guess that we suspended him once, so what do you want from us? Don Garber defends MLS discipline of Zlatan Ibrahimović following LAFC controversy | Pro Soccer USA
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the MLS Discipline Committee has been scrutinzed over Ibrahimovic's elbow which caused LAFC's Mohamed El-Munir to have surgery.
Success comes at a price. As LAFC rises, so do team's tickets, already the most expensive in MLS - Los Angeles Times
LAFC's average ticket price is 13% higher than the rest of the MLS, but that isn't stopping the team from increasing prices for the 2020 season.
At least it appears LAFC is using those funds to buy players, or something. LAFC Acquires Defender Eddie Segura From Colombian Side Atletico Huila | Los Angeles Football Club
Segura was on a six-month loan and now joins the club permanently on a multi-year deal.
What if AAU, pee wee football, or little league were academy sides? Will other leagues use the soccer academy model next? MLS academies may be blueprint for American sports' future | Yahoo Sports
Young athletes want faster avenues to the professional level in basketball, baseball and other sports. Major League Soccer's academy system is offering just that.
Reign couldn’t find a win without Rapinoe, but the fans still brought the atmosphere. Megan Rapinoe, Conquering Hero, Returns to Cheers but Not to Action - The New York Times
Citing injury and fatigue, Rapinoe sat out her homecoming to the N.W.S.L. Her absence from the lineup didn’t dampen the mood.
For NWSL to take the next step, the bump needs to have staying power. GO TO A REIGN GAME, that is a simple start. NWSL enjoying a World Cup bump, but sustainability is next step - The Washington Post
Attendance figures rising as the women's soccer league seeks to reap the benefits of the U.S. national team's championship.
Multiple Reign players made the all-decade team, did they miss anyone? Who is on your list? Who Should Make the NWSL All Decade Team? - Backline Soccer
As we head toward the end of the seventh season of the NWSL we happen to also be heading to the end of this decade. And who doesn’t like a ceremonial team to celebrate that passage of time?
When numbers are stated without context, they can mean almost anything. US Soccer is just embarrassing with how they are trying to justify and support their statements. The math they present ignores that the women played more games, almost triple the amount of World Cup matches, and won a World Cup (their math ends at 2018) that provided significant bonuses to the players. US Soccer’s claims about paying the women more than the men lack context - Stars and Stripes FC
Cordeiro makes a lot of claims but neglects to include a lot of context.
Sorry this is a pay wall article but if you have The Athletic it is worth a read. Budweiser can’t be the only major sponsor that stepped up. In the glow of a World Cup win, the sponsorship landscape for U.S. women’s soccer is more important than ever – The Athletic ($)
Attracting big-name brands is the logical next step for NWSL to sustain a surge of interest.
This was weekend news that was missed but beach soccer is always worth sharing! U.S. Soccer To Field Women’s Beach Soccer National Team For First Time As Squad Aims To Qualify For ANOC World Beach Games
Ten-Player U.S. Team Will Travel to El Salvador for Four-Team Tournament with the Winner Qualifying for the ANOC World Beach Games in Qatar
When Rapinoe talks, it is normally worth reading. She talked about what went through her head when she was told she was being tweeted about. Megan Rapinoe talks about Trump Twitter attacks on Kara Swisher podcast - Vox
On how her teammates reacted to President Trump’s tweets about her: "We’re going to win. So this is not going to age well."
Sitting this one out is not something Rapinoe does and no one can blame her. Megan Rapinoe on Keeping the Politics in Sports - The New York Times
“We’re not just here to sit in the glass case for you to look.”
Hope Solo has always pushed for equal pay but not as part of the lawsuit spearheaded by Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. With Hope reaching out to lend a hand, Morgan rebuffed it. Maybe Hope shouldn’t have implied that no one could do anything without her. Alex Morgan, USWNT strongly reject Hope Solo's pitch to join fight for equitable pay - CBSSports.com
The goalkeeper offered to join the fight as an enforcer of sorts
As the only big name signing at Chelsea this summer, Pulisic has a lot on his shoulders. He also has to replace Eden Hazard, who was kind of a good player, or something. Christian Pulisic faces more pressure than most of Europe's top five leagues' fresh faces
With the European club season just around the corner, ESPN FC assesses some of the biggest names arriving in the continent's top five leagues.
The US U-20 international is moving to Newcastle, a side known for DeAndre Yedlin and front office dysfunction. Kyle Scott signs with Newcastle United after leaving Chelsea - We Ain't Got No History
Dozen years a Blue
This is not soccer but it is funny. Also I want one of these for soccer, so write up who you think from SpongeBob (or your other favorite kids cartoon) would make a great soccer team. Also I want Kyrie’s shoes to be cleats. These SpongeBob Squarepants characters would make the best basketball team - SBNation.com
Kyrie Irving’s ‘SpongeBob’ line of sneakers has us wondering what’s the best team that could come out of Bikini Bottom.
As the transfer window is starting to get closer to slamming shut, he’s where you can find every move this summer for the top leagues in Europe. Transfer window 2019 – every summer deal from Europe’s top five leagues | Football | The Guardian
All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany
What’s the newest transfers that could happen? Is SMS finally going to end up at Manchester United (I want that)? Transfer rumors: Oyarzabal to Man City; Milinkovic-Savic to Man United – ProSoccerTalk
The latest transfer news from around the Premier League.
As FIFA wants to expand the tournament, all eyes turn to who is hosting. I’d definitely travel to a World Cup in Australia and New Zealand to watch another USWNT win. Women’s 2023 Football World Cup: Australia, New Zealand joint bid | Herald Sun
A joint Australia-New Zealand Womens World Cup bid beckons, with FIFA set to expand the 2023 tournament to a record 32 teams.
It isn’t just NBA super-teams that have ego issues. PSG 'egos' not easy for team - Julian Draxler - BBC Sport
The "egos" of some Paris St-Germain stars mean that "it is not easy for the whole team", says the club's German winger, Julian Draxler.
Is Ole changing United’s strategy? I think it is the boardroom stuck in neutral not a change by Ole. Man Utd: Has strategy changed and is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the driving force? - BBC Sport
For years Manchester United have spent big on high-profile players. Is that approach at an end and what role is their new manager playing in it?
They had to pay to replace a club that had financial problems but Pique’s club is in. There is a chance that Pique and Barcelona will play Pique’s club in Copa del Rey. Player vs. Owner. Pique's Andorra moves into division vs. Barca B
Gerard Pique's club, Andorra, have leapfrogged their way into Spain' third division after they won the right to buy the spot forfeited by Reus.
Arsenal players getting robbed/attacked is now at three in a week. Mohamed Elneny: Body found at Egypt house owned by Arsenal midfielder - BBC Sport
The body of a man, thought to be a thief electrocuted while trying to steal cables, is found at a house in Egypt owned by Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny.
There does not seem to be a big market for James so I’m not sure how much of this decision is by force or desire. Source: Real Madrid tell James he can stay
Real Madrid have told James Rodriguez that he can stay at the Bernabeu next season, a source has confirmed to ESPN FC.
Collapsed transfer and now Bale is not joining the club he intended to leave. Gareth Bale: Wales forward withdraws from Real Madrid squad for Munich tournament - BBC Sport
Gareth Bale pulls out of Real Madrid's trip to Munich for a pre-season tournament, following the collapse of his proposed move to China.
Gareth Bale and Dr. Who, I got lost early on but someone else should love it. The Fiver | Gareth Bale, the pushmi-pullyu and some basic maths | Football | The Guardian
In today’s Fiver: Doctor Dolittle, pithy reviews and scenes in Germany
And more on Bale because he and the Real Madrid President are not getting along. Gareth Bale at odds with Pérez and sees no way out of Real Madrid | Football | The Guardian
Gareth Bale has concluded Florentino Pérez could not care less that Zinedine Zidane does not want him at Real Madrid
Evra plans on managing now that his playing days are over. Patrice Evra retires: Former Man United defender will go down as Premier League great | Football News | Sky Sports
The 38-year-old won 10 major trophies with Manchester United and will be remembered as one of the best left-backs in Premier League history, writes Nick Wright.
What’s on Today?
Real Madrid v. Tottenham Hotspur - Audi Cup - 9:00 a.m. - ESPN+
Bayern Munich v. Fenerbahce - Audi Cup - 11:30 a.m. - ESPN+
Venados v. Atlante - Copa MX - 5:00 p.m. - WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes.
Multiple UEFA Champions League matches if you have B/R Live.
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