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Major Link Soccer: Mike Petke suspended three matches

The RSL boss is suspended for berating refs and reportedly using a homophobic slur

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MLS: Philadelphia Union at Real Salt Lake Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

More transfers across Europe and in MLS, MLS All-Star Game history, and the rundown on what is going on with Mike Petke and Real Salt Lake. He may not be fired, yet, but the hammer should be coming down on Petke in the future. If it doesn’t, MLS and RSL are failing.

Seattle

Let’s keep packing the stands! Reign FC hoping World Cup stars’ homecoming offered a glimpse of a more stable future – The Athletic
The on-field result may not have been ideal, but the jam-packed stands were a sign of hope for Reign owners and players.

This is one of the best sneaker collections, what shoe is the best? Peep Megan Rapinoe’s shoe game - All For XI
All the sneakerhead details on Megan Rapinoe (and Sue Bird).

MLS

MLS’s reprimand and the no contact are probably just a precursor to Petke officially being fired by Real Salt Lake. Safe to say, he deserves it. Official: Petke fined, suspended, reprimanded by MLS - RSL Soapbox
Petke received a three-match suspension and a $25,000 fine.

It started with the suspension being announced. ESPN: Petke set for multi-game suspension, ban from team contact - RSL Soapbox
Petke stands accused of abuse toward a referee.

With how often the league pushes no politics, then having military kits seems to be just a bit weird or at least a slap in the face to the fans getting in trouble for the Iron Front flag Unique Adidas MLS 2019 Military Pre-Match Jersey Revealed - Footy Headlines
All Major League Soccer teams will wear a special limited-edition Camouflage adidas warm-up jersey in their annual Military Appreciation Game

A combination of the best MLS All-Star moments and a history of the game. MLS All-Star Game's unforgettable moments: From Donovan's sports bra to Pep's meltdown
You can say this for the MLS All-Star Game: It has staying power. We look back at some of the most memorable moments of the 23 years of All-Stars.

San Jose will need an international roster spot to open up. San Jose Earthquakes sign Argentine forward Andres Rios | MLSsoccer.com

USA

No word on who her replacement will be yet, but they will have to fill some massive shoes as Jill Ellis steps down after winning two straight World Cups. Jill Ellis is stepping down as USWNT coach – Equalizer Soccer

Another US U20 international joins a new club. Alex Mendez signs deal with AFC Ajax - Stars and Stripes FC
He joins another young American in Amsterdam.

Gio Reyna joined Dortmund, then played his first minutes in Seattle in Dortmund’s friendly against the Sounders. Bundesliga | Gio Reyna: Why Borussia Dortmund's new American kid on the block is the game's most exciting 16-year-old
No sooner had Borussia Dortmund waved off one American soccer phenom in Christian Pulisic, the Black-Yellows have already teased another in 16-year-old Gio Reyna.

The USMNT players association is backing the USWNT and not Carlos Cordeiro after he carefully selected numbers to say the USWNT makes more than the USMNT. USMNT Rips U.S. Soccer's "False Accounting" And Odd Claims About Equal Pay
Last night, U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro dropped a letter and accompanying fact sheet supporting a claim that his federation invests more heavily in women’s soccer than men’s. Immediately afterwards, the USWNT called bullshit on Cordeiro’s selective numbers and creative accounting, and today the USMNT player’s association has followed suit, issuing a strong statement in support of the USWNT.

If you want to know more about Cordeiro and the USSF’s claim about the pay... U.S. Soccer’s misleading claim that the USWNT makes more than the men, explained - SBNation.com
TL;DR, the women need to play far more games and win far more often just to make money comparable to their male counterparts.

World

That was yesterday morning, by now both could be off... Report: Man United to seal Maguire, Fernandes transfers – ProSoccerTalk
United to spend $180 million on new center back, central midfielder.

The rape reportedly happened in Paris in May. Brazil police: No grounds for Neymar rape charges
Brazilian police said there are no grounds to charge Paris Saint-Germain player Neymar on rape allegations.

I don’t expect this lawsuit to go anywhere but it is hilarious that someone is trying. This lawsuit does bring up the issue of pre-season tournaments/friendlies, they are sold for the star players that will be at them but those players rarely play a big part. South Korean Fans File Lawsuit After Cristiano Ronaldo Misses Juventus Friendly | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
Cristiano Ronaldo not appearing against the K League All-Stars in a preseason friendly has some fans suing a match sponsor for "mental anguish," according to Reuters.

He was rather excited about signing a new contract and hit the wrong button because that happens to everyone. Former Tottenham ace Clinton N'Jie accidentally live streams sex video when trying to read news about himself online
Former Spurs ace Clinton Njie claims he had 'drunk too much' and was merely celebrating his move to Dynamo Moscow

Manchester United definitely needs a playmaker in their midfield and getting Dybala for Romelu Lukaku would be a great steal and would help turn that attack around. Paulo Dybala: Man Utd in talks to sign Juventus forward - BBC Sport
Manchester United are in talks over the potential signing of Juventus forward Paulo Dybala.

Life bans for racism are a pretty good decision by the FA and Premier League clubs. Raheem Sterling: Chelsea fan banned for life for 'racially abusive language' in Man City game - BBC Sport
Chelsea ban a fan for life for using "racially abusive language" towards Manchester City's Raheem Sterling during a match in December.

Unclear on how the injury occurred exactly but the injury is a severe eye injury. Stoke City academy player, 15, hurt in disorder outside Ketley pub - BBC Sport
A 15-year-old boy, who sustained "life-changing" injuries in disorder outside a pub, plays for Stoke City's academy.

Not reading the manga but go for it people. Tell us is it worth it. FC Barcelona has an official manga, and it’s weird - Barca Blaugranes
Players such as Lionel Messi and Gerard Piqué fly through a time portal while riding a dragon and match wits with a demon.

The former El Classico rival had some words for Barcelona. He isn’t wrong, still no titles. Ronaldo: Barca spent big but have no UCL titles
Ex-Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has cited former rivals Barcelona as proof that money cannot buy success in the Champions League.

Other

Mozzarella sticks are amazing and they can be my meal!!! Why You Should Not Order an Appetizer as Your Entree - Eater
Ordering an appetizer (or many) is a great way to try a variety of items on a menu, and they extend the dining experience beyond just the one-and-done ordering of a main dish

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