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Major Link Soccer: FIFA expanding Women’s World Cup to 32 teams in 2023

Jill Ellis left the USWNT in good condition, transfers all over the world, the MLS All-Star game is over and more.

United States of America v Netherlands : Final - 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Photo by Naomi Baker - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

Tons of international soccer news with the announcement of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup expanding to 32 teams, players changing teams and Jill Ellis left the USWNT in a better condition then she found it.

MLS

Nobody likes the MLS All-Star game. A Hater’s Guide to the MLS All-Star Game - Dirty South Soccer
No one asked. We delivered.

Could we see an MLS strike before next season? MLS players preparing for possible strike - chief
The MLS Players Association said a work stoppage is "never the goal," but it's preparing for one if a new CBA can't be agreed with MLS.

Bruce Arena dishes on "my son's first babysitter" as Bradley's LAFC up next | MLSsoccer.com
“I’m not sure I’ve ever coached against my son actually,” Arena said. “So this will be interesting. If a fight breaks out, I’m going to take him.” Arena's son is an assistant with LAFC.

World's football bodies urge Saudi Arabia to stop pirate TV service | Media | The Guardian
Fifa, Uefa and Premier League ask Saudi government to clamp down on beoutQ

NWSL/Women’s Soccer

Theirs a front runner for the USWNT GM spot. Report: Kate Markgraf the frontrunner to be named USWNT general manager - Stars and Stripes FC
She would be the first GM in the USWNT program’s history.

More competition upcoming for the two time World Cup winners. FIFA will expand the Women’s World Cup to 32 teams - Stars and Stripes FC
Too much, too soon from FIFA?

She made mistakes like everyone else but Jill Ellis made the USWNT better. Jill Ellis made big mistakes, but left the USWNT better than she found it - SBNation.com
Ellis didn’t just win two World Cups, she laid an excellent foundation for her successor.

World

ESPN+ adding Bundesliga to its growing soccer portfolio
Sources say that ESPN+ is in the final stages of picking up Germany’s Bundesliga to its growing array of soccer offerings.

Report: Mexico’s Lozano to Napoli for $56 million – ProSoccerTalk
Mexico star linked with a move to Napoli after PSV crash out of the Champions League.

Ten of the best transfers by Championship clubs this summer | Football | The Guardian
A few new (and familiar) faces will be hoping to impress when the Championship season kicks off on Friday night

It’s never good to slap a ref. Ex-Mexico coach Osorio banned after ref slap
Former Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has been handed a two-month touchline ban after appearing to slap a referee's arm after being sent off.

Nicolas Pépé must learn at Arsenal that football is not fun … it’s his job | Football | The Guardian
Arsenal have agreed a club-record £72m deal for Nicolas Pépé and with that comes a responsibility to be more serious, says his dad

Thanks aren’t looking for for Gareth Bale. Gareth Bale: Real Madrid forward was not fit for Munich trip - Zinedine Zidane - BBC Sport
Gareth Bale was not fit to travel with Real Madrid for their friendly with Tottenham in Munich, according to Zinedine Zidane.

Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham boss 'not in charge' of transfers - BBC Sport
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes his job title should be changed from manager to coach because transfer dealings are "not in my hands".

African Champions League final: More confusion as Cas overturns replay decision - BBC Sport
The destiny of the African Champions League is uncertain after the Court of Arbitration for Sport overrules the decision to replay the final.

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