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Major Link Soccer: Kate Markgraf named USWNT GM

Great choice for the new USWNT GM especially to lead a potential 2027 World Cup bid.

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International Champions Cup Launch Event - Day 3 Photo by Mike Stobe/International Champions Cup/Getty Images

Plenty of action to watch live today between UEFA Champions League and the English League Cup in the morning to Copa MX in the evening, so watch ‘em all. Plus, read ‘em all, great stories here about the NWSL attendance record, Kate Markgraf, and should some English teams sell.

Seattle

From Washington to the World Cup Tickets, Sat, Aug 31, 2019 at 5:45 PM | Eventbrite
Eventbrite - Washington State Legends of Soccer presents From Washington to the World Cup - Saturday, August 31, 2019 at The Ninety, Seattle, WA. Find event and ticket information.

MLS/USL

Not terribly surprised that Cavani would go to Inter Miami since many players seem to be tied to them. Report: PSG's Edinson Cavani to become Inter Miami's first showcase signing | MLSsoccer.com
So, uh, not the Sounders?

The Five Stripes play Club America next. In best form of 2019, Atlanta United are confident for Campeones Cup clash | MLSsoccer.com

Again, not the Sounders... Transfer Talk: Pair of MLS clubs in play for Sturridge's signature
Out-of-work striker Daniel Sturridge has a host of teams chasing him, including D.C. United and Philadelphia Union. Transfer Talk has the latest.

MLS continues to crack down, pointlessly, on fans supporting human causes. Atlanta United fans ejected from supporters’ section during protest - Dirty South Soccer
At least four were ejected from the stadium and two more were banned during a protest of MLS policy on political signage and far-right groups

If he takes the field, he will be the youngest one to take the field. Adieu, Adu! Jacobs youngest to sign U.S. deal
USL Championship side Orange County SC has signed 14-year-old Francis Jacobs to a multiyear professional contract, both parties have told ESPN FC.

White Claw Nights! How USL’s Forward Madison built a cult-like following in its inaugural year – The Athletic ($)
The first-year, third-division side has captured the imagination of soccer fans in its city and beyond

Minnesota United’s Success Shows Orlando City’s Lack of Patience Hindered Its Progress - The Mane Land
Heath’s had time to implement his three-year plan in the Twin Cities and it’s paying off. He never got that chance in Orlando.

NWSL

The Thorns should be proud but so should all of the NWSL. Portland set a new NWSL attendance record—but this isn’t just their moment – Equalizer Soccer

The Thorns are really good at getting people to attend games and they need no gimmicks. Behind a paywall fyi. The NWSL’s new attendance record is notable for how it wasn’t accomplished – The Athletic
No promotions, no "welcome back" to international stars; Sunday's record-setting turnout was achieved on the game's own merits

USA

Not sure why he needed to be promoted. U.S. Soccer names Earnie Stewart as the first Sporting Director - Stars and Stripes FC
A search will begin immediately for a new USMNT GM.

Great hire! Kate Markgraf hired as USWNT general manager - Stars and Stripes FC
Markgraf is the first ever USWNT GM.

It would come the year after the tri-bid men’s World Cup tournament. U.S. planning bid to host 2027 Women's World Cup
The United States is making plans to bid for the hosting rights to the 2027 Women's World Cup, U.S. Soccer Federation chief Carlos Cordeiro said.

Is he the new Hazard? No. Could he be very good? Yes. Pulisic must impress quickly at Chelsea to shut down unfair Hazard comparisons
Christian Pulisic now knows how hard life in the Premier League will be, but he'll suffer more if he's compared to the man he replaced, Eden Hazard.

Taylor Swift hadn’t said anything but filled the Blank Space backing the USWNT players. Taylor Swift backs U.S. women's team over pay
Singer Taylor Swift has urged her millions of fans to get behind the U.S. women's soccer team in its fight for equal pay.

World

He needs to sell. Bury owner Steve Dale to consider offer for crisis-hit League One club - BBC Sport
Bury owner Steve Dale says he would consider selling the financially embattled League One club after staff 'implore' him to accept a new offer.

Speaking of players that need to sell... Whether anti-Ashley sentiment grows depends on Newcastle’s early results | Louise Taylor | Football | The Guardian
If home success on Newcastle’s pitch should halt the protest movement against Mike Ashley, a couple more disjointed defeats under Steve Bruce might see it gain considerable traction

Will being in the Europa League actually hurt the Wolves? Hungry Wolves can beat down top-six door but Europe may hold them back | Barry Glendenning | Football | The Guardian
Under their charming, streetwise manager, Nuno Espírito Santo, Wolves will do well to maintain last season’s form given the added burden of the Europa League

Athletic Bilbao’s Gaizka Garitano: ‘When I got married I bought a flat next to the training ground’ | Will Unwin | Football | The Guardian
The head coach is proud of Athletic Bilbao’s Basque-only policy and the club’s English links dating back 121 years

Good ref and more should follow her. Referee Stéphanie Frappart: 'Girls see me on TV and know it's possible' | Football | The Guardian
The official is regarded as one of France’s very best and will take charge of Liverpool v Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday

Just like MLS, a very big mixed bag. How successful was VAR during PL debut? – ProSoccerTalk
Ironic cheers, anger and quick decisions. It was a mixed opening weekend for the new VAR system.

Ummm... well just um... Russian referee insulted over stadium PA system – ProSoccerTalk
Public address system used to insult the referee during a game - not for the first time.

Now Playing Everywhere: Soccer Nostalgia - The New York Times
From Arsenal’s jerseys to a trio of recent films, a reverence for the late 1980s and early 1990s is on full display in the modern game.

After trading Barcelona for PSG, will he trade PSG for Real Madrid? Sources: Real Madrid players tempting Neymar
Real Madrid players have been speaking to Neymar in an attempt to lure the Paris Saint-Germain star to the Bernabeu, sources have told ESPN FC.

I can’t imagine matches like the Sounders 3-3 draw against New England was good for my health, but sure! EPL: Watching soccer could be good for your health - CNN
With every painstaking second that ticks by you get that bit closer to the edge of your seat. This could be it, this could be the week your beloved soccer team wins that all-important three points.

Neymar returning to Spain would be an ego trip by Barca or Real. PLUS: Chelsea exposed at Man United
The Neymar saga continues to dominate the news cycle and it seems like he'll get his move despite it hurting either of his new teams.

Just wow. Dortmund wonderkid, 14, nets six for U19s
Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko, 14, scored six goals on his under-19 debut.

Eliaquim Mangala: France defender to join Valencia - BBC Sport
Valencia are to sign central defender Eliaquim Mangala from Manchester City on a two-year contract.

Bilbao really can’t have Inaki Williams leave, since the club only sign players from the Basque region and after some of their top players left, they need to keep their big stars. Inaki Williams: Athletic Bilbao striker signs nine-year contract - BBC Sport
Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams signs one of the longest contracts in football history as he pens a deal until 2028.

What’s on Today?

11:00 a.m. - UEFA Champions League - Ferencváros vs Dinamo Zagreb - B/R Live

11:00 a.m. - UEFA Champions League - København vs Crvena Zvezda - B/R Live

11:30 a.m. - UEFA Champions League - Olympiakos Piraeus vs Başakşehir - B/R Live

11:30 a.m. - UEFA Champions League - LASK Linz vs Basel - B/R Live

11:45 a.m. - English League Cup - Scunthorpe United vs Derby County - ESPN+

11:45 a.m. - English League Cup - Salford City vs Leeds United - ESPN+

5:00 p.m. - Copa MX - Querétaro vs Tijuana - ESPN Deportes

7:00 p.m. - Copa MX - Atlante vs Juárez - ESPN Deportes

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