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Major Link Soccer: MLS expands to St. Louis

The USWNT lawsuit has a trial date and El Paso shows off some snazzy alternate kits

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MLS officially added its 28th team, Carli Lloyd might have a future in the NFL, Phoenix has unlocked the secret to guaranteed wins (beer), and Tulsa has new owners.

MLS

St. Louis awarded MLS expansion team - Stars and Stripes FC
Top flight soccer returns to the Lou in 2022.

Major League Soccer Awards Expansion Team to St. Louis | MLSsoccer.com
St. Louis becomes first MLS club led by a female majority ownership group.

We know the league won’t be stopping at 28, so who else is still in the running? MLS expansion: St Louis gets team; Sacramento, Charlotte next? | SI.com
MLS is one step closer to its 30-team goal after welcoming St. Louis to the league. There are presently two viable bids for the final two berths, but as the lengthy expansion process has shown, things can change quite quickly.

The easy part is done. What comes next in St. Louis after the MLS expansion announcement? | MLSsoccer.com
In short... a stadium and front office staff.

The controversy is starting to get noticed by bigger outlets around the country, and doesn’t look to be abating. As Timbers defend MLS ban of ‘Iron Front’ symbol, fans continue to criticize and push back | Yahoo Sports
Fans are fighting the enforcement, claiming the club is using “alt-right talking points” to ban the symbol.

Funny or Die does El Trafico - LAG Confidential
What could go wrong?

After brief Chinese odyssey, Ola Kamara excited about MLS return | MLSsoccer.com

Cruz Azul boss Pedro Caixinha admires style played by MLS clubs | MLSsoccer.com
“The game is much more close to the way the game is played in Europe: There’s less space, so you need to play faster, you need to [handle] the game differently.”

USL

Lower division clubs get all the fun kits. El Paso Locomotive FC Unveils Fourth Special Edition Jersey, “Noche de Locos”

Tulsa Roughnecks bought by local trio, who will aim to recapture the glory days – The Athletic
The Craft brothers are aware of the team’s history, and want to lead its new iteration forward.

Among the Chugs: How Phoenix Rising’s Dollar Beer Night became a 13-0-0 phenomenon
”We all kind of laughed that, on Dollar Beer Night, we’re immortal. We can’t lose.” How a simple promotion turned the Phoenix Rising into giants.

Door opens for proposed soccer stadium in Raleigh to get county tax dollars | abc11.com
The Wake County Board of Commissioners opened the door Monday for the proposed soccer stadium to get county tax dollars.

NWSL/Women’s Soccer

The club will undoubtedly be looking at the details of this game in close detail in the coming months as they evaluate their stadium options for next year and beyond. Sky Blue FC’s game at Red Bull was a success, but only the first step - All For XI
The club knows they have to keep moving forward or they’ll get left behind.

To be honest, it’s probably easier than chipping the keeper from midfield in a World Cup final. Carli Lloyd drills 55-yard FG at Eagles practice
Die-hard Eagles fan Carli Lloyd visited Philadelphia’s practice on Tuesday and showed off a strong leg, also hitting 35- and 40-yard field goals.

Both sides had hoped to delay the trial until after the Olympics, but the court disagreed. USWNT, U.S. Soccer to go to trial in May 2020 | Yahoo Sports
After years of fighting for equal pay, the USWNT is taking U.S. Soccer to court.

Paul Riley: NC Courage coach not interested in USWNT job | SI.com
The Courage skipper publicly announced that he wants to stay with his club team and continue the successful project he’s built there.

Sean Jones: The Outspoken President — Protagonist Soccer
President Sean Jones discusses the state of the league, the idea of a women’s Open Cup and what the future holds for lower division soccer.

Christine Sinclair feels Canadian soccer needs to ‘wake up, join rest of world’ | Vancouver Sun
Every country in the world's top-10 rankings has a professional women's league, so why doesn't Canada? It's the next logical step for the game in this country, says the nation's most respected soccer star.

World

Two matches into the season and some pundits are already panicking for no obvious reason. Man United’s penalty incident illustrates club’s lack of leadership on the pitch and in the dugout
The draw at Wolves suggests Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t have the assertiveness, and his players lack the experience, for Man United to contend.

Culture

2019 Hugo Awards Announced | The Hugo Awards

As you might recall, the trilogy ended with the Matrix destroyed and Moss’s character dead, but apparently that hasn’t stopped the group from agreeing to make another sequel. ‘Matrix 4’: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss & Lana Wachowski to Return – Variety
Lana Wachowski is set to write and direct a new film set in the world of “The Matrix,” with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss returning.

What’s on today

11:45 AM: Preston North End vs. Stoke City (Championship) — ESPN+

12:00 PM: Dinamo Zagreb vs. Rosenburg (Europa League) — B/R Live

12:00 PM: Young Boys vs. Crvena Zvezda (Europa League) — B/R Live

12:00 PM: Olympiakos vs. Krasnodar (Europa League) — TUDN

3:15 PM: LDU Quito vs. Boca Juniors (Copa Libertadores) — beIN Sports

4:00 PM: NYCFC vs. Columbus Crew (MLS) — ESPN+

4:00 PM: North Carolina FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL Championship) — ESPNews

4:30 PM: Chicago Red Stars vs. Orlando Pride (NWSL) — Yahoo Sports

4:30 PM: Washington Spirit vs. Utah Royals (NWSL) — Yahoo Sports

5:00 PM: DC United vs. NY Red Bulls (MLS) — TUDN / UniMas

5:00 PM: Nashville SC vs. NY Red Bulls II (USL Championship) — ESPN+

5:30 PM: Flamengo vs. Internacional (Copa Libertadores) — beIN Sports

7:30 PM: LAFC vs. San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) — TUDN / UniMas

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