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Major Link Soccer: Liverpool to go bigger and bolder with expansion plans

Vela embarrasses San Jose, PSG getting antsy about selling Neymar.

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Environmental experts were apparently long-aware of the pollution issues at Miami’s new stadium site, NWSL players want to see more investment from sponsors and league partners, and silly season might be over in England but it’s still going strong elsewhere in Europe.

MLS/USL

Several players’ careers were ended abruptly on the play. Watch: Vela destroys Earthquakes defense and scores golazo - FMF State Of Mind
Carlos Vela made a fool out of the Earthquakes defense to score one of the goals of the season.

Turns out there’s a reason it was used as a park in the first place. Melreese Pollution Report Not ‘Shockingly New,’ Miami-Dade Environmental Chief Says | WLRN
News of soil contamination at a Miami golf course being eyed by David Beckham as a future soccer stadium is not “shockingly new,” the county’s chief.

Expect this story to continue picking up steam in the coming days. MLS ban on political signs leads to fan outcry, no easy fix
What counts as “political” these days? Fans feel one way, Major League Soccer feels another, and it seems this is only going to get more complicated.

NWSL

The attendance bump seems stronger and longer lasting this time around, but other investments and sponsor revenues haven’t been rising as quickly. NWSL players say investment key to sustaining World Cup bump
While record crowds at National Women’s Soccer League games are evidence of a World Cup bump, players want the momentum to extend beyond the ticket office.

World

The French side is getting frustrated by the slow pace of progress in any talks and seems ready to tell potential suitors to fish or cut bait. Sources - PSG pondering Neymar sale deadline | ESPN
Paris Saint-Germain are considering setting a deadline to sell Neymar this summer, sources have told ESPN FC.

Mexico’s Lozano set to seal Napoli transfer | ESPN
Mexico international Hirving Lozano is set to join Napoli on a permanent deal from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven.

The striker suffered a stroke four years ago. Junior Agogo: Ex-Ghana, Nottingham Forest and Bristol Rovers striker dies aged 40 - BBC Sport

A personal touch, a savvy director of football and the deal that caught everyone by surprise... Moise Kean: How did Everton land deal for superstar youngster? - BBC Sport

Spurs could recoup much of their investment in the defensive midfielder if the deal happens. Victor Wanyama: Tottenham in talks with Club Bruges - BBC Sport

Liverpool reveal plan to increase Anfield’s capacity to beyond 60,000 | The Guardian
Liverpool have confirmed they are to abandon current plans to redevelop Anfield in favor of a more ambitious scheme that will increase the stadium’s capacity beyond 60,000

Bolton accept resignations of manager Phil Parkinson and his assistant | The Guardian
The beleaguered club have accepted the resignations of both men ‘with great reluctance’, with Jimmy Phillips taking interim charge.

Lasting success apparently requires more than one aging superstar. Vissel Kobe facing reality after failing to build in Barcelona’s image | The Guardian
Andrés Iniesta’s arrival was part of ambition to mirror Spanish giants’ success but relegation from the J League threatens.

Newcastle takeover could be back on if in holiday relegation battle – ProSoccerTalk
A fascinating sociological experiment is prompted by this report: Could you dislike your owner enough to hope your club is relegated?

What’s on today?

11:30 AM: Köln vs. Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga) — FS2

12:00 PM: Aston Villa vs. Everton (EPL) — NBCSN

5:00 PM: Orlando City SC vs. Atlanta United (MLS) — ESPN

7:00 PM: Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers (MLS) — ESPN

7:00 PM: Santos Laguna vs. Monterrey (Liga MX) — FS1

Plus lots of men’s college soccer throughout the day on ESPN+.

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