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Major Link Soccer: Is NWSL coming to Louisville?

And Wayne Rooney gets an unconventional number.

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The Reign have had 37 different players on their roster at various points this season due to injuries and national team absences, yet somehow still sit in a playoff spot. Fresh Faces and Senior Leaders Help Squad Overcome Adversity — REIGN FC: THE BOLD

US soccer

Move over, Freddy Adu, there’s a new youngest-ever pro signing in the United States. Francis Jacobs: Youngest U.S. male player to sign pro soccer contract
At less than a month younger than Adu, Francis Jacobs is the youngest male player ever to sign a pro soccer contract in the U.S.

14-year-old Francis Jacobs on why he turned pro with Orange County SC - Angels on Parade
The youngest male signing ever talks about the big decision.

Women’s soccer

A surprising new contender for the next NWSL expansion team emerges, but it’s one with long-standing ties to the NWSL president and a lot of potential positives. Sources: Louisville is the leading candidate for 2020 NWSL expansion – The Athletic ($)
The ownership group of Louisville’s USL team could soon be involved in NWSL as well.

Neither do we, Megan, neither do we. ‘I don’t understand it’: Megan Rapinoe responds to U.S. Soccer’s lobbyist hires – The Athletic
The USSF’s arguments in the equal pay dispute could be tied to proposed World Cup legislation.

Some day reporters will stop using this as a clickbait question, but until then we get to keep talking about dumb takes from men who should probably focus more on their own jobs. Frank de Boer: ‘Equal pay at international level now would be ridiculous’ | Football | The Guardian
The Atlanta United manager reflects on his short reign at Crystal Palace and explains why he thinks the equal pay debate is not over.

World soccer

Rooney’s new number is an homage to the team’s sponsor, 32Red online casino. Nigel Adams says Derby giving Wayne Rooney No 32 shirt is ‘very crafty’ | The Guardian
Sport minister has urged the club to consider the impact of problem gambling after Derby use Rooney’s shirt to promote their online casino sponsor.

I’m sure this massive fine will really send a message and ensure no such shenanigans occur in the future. Manchester City fined by FIFA over recruitment of players under 18 | Football | The Guardian
Manchester City have been fined more than £310,000 by FIFA over their recruitment of players under 18.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup final referee gets another huge assignment. Stéphanie Frappart takes centre stage in big moment for women in football | Suzanne Wrack | The Guardian
A team of female officials taking charge of the European Super Cup will change the way women are perceived in the game.

VAR application of offside to be reconsidered – ProSoccerTalk
Laws of the game could extend "clear & obvious" guideline to offside decisions.

Soccer on TV

4:00 PM: Sky Blue FC vs. Chicago Red Stars (NWSL) - Yahoo Sports

4:00 PM: NYRB II vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL Championship) - ESPN+

4:30 PM: Loudoun United vs. Charleston Battery (USL Championship) - ESPN+

4:30 PM: Orlando City vs. Sporting Kansas City (MLS) - ESPN+

5:00 PM: Minnesota United vs. Colorado Rapids (MLS) - ESPN+

5:00 PM: Atlanta United vs. América (Campeones Cup) - ESPN2

7:00 PM: Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders (MLS) - ESPN+ / YouTubeTV / JOEtv

7:30 PM: LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas (MLS) - ESPN+

8:00 PM: Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire (MLS) - ESPN+

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