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Major Link Soccer: Atlanta win US Open Cup

United bests United, a former MLS star passes suddenly, and turmoil in English football as teams face financial uncertainty.

Minnesota United FC v Atlanta United FC: Final - 2019 U.S. Open Cup Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Seattle

The ownership/partnership structure was always somewhat complicated, but this simplifies things a lot for those who prefer to avoid macrobreweries. It’s official. Anheuser-Busch does not own Redhook anymore, again – Washington Beer Blog
Anheuser-Busch decides not to exercise its option to buy Craft Brew Alliance.

MLS / USL

Early own goal seals MNUFC’s fate in the 2019 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final - E Pluribus Loonum
Chase Gaspar’s own goal in the first half gave Atlanta an early lead that they never gave up and that the Loons couldn’t recover from.

Atlanta United clinch spot in 2020 Concacaf Champions League - Dirty South Soccer

I’m sure another sternly worded letter from the league office will teach him a lesson this time. Zlatan Ibrahimovic rips MLS ref Allen Chapman - LAG Confidential

The deal is reportedly worth around $1.2 million, which is four times the prior deal between the two. USL Reaches New Rights Agreement with ESPN, ESPN+

Former MLS Standout Colin Clark Dies of Reported Heart Attack at 35 | Yahoo Sports
The midfielder played nine seasons for the Colorado Rapids, Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy.

NWSL

The Pride skipper had some interesting thoughts about where he sees the league and his team going in the coming years... and also joined a long list of men who have managed to put foot firmly in mouth on the topic of equal pay. Marc Skinner: Orlando Pride manager battling to inspire World Cup stars to NWSL success - BBC Sport
Marc Skinner left his partner and new-born child for two months to pursue a dream of coaching in the US top flight. It is proving a battle but he is determined to succeed.

USA

Injuries bring additions to USWNT victory tour roster - Stars and Stripes FC
As the USWNT prepares for their friendlies against Portugal, US Soccer has announced that there will be some changes to their World Cup victory tour roster.

Bogert: Predicting Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT roster for September friendlies | MLSsoccer.com
Neither Roldan nor Morris are listed, as Berhalter may allow them to remain with the Sounders for their game against the Rapids.

Participation in High School Sports Registers First Decline in 30 Years
That said, girls and boys soccer gained 70,668 participants since 2012 (a nine percent increase) and now has a combined 853,182 participants nationwide.

World

Continuing the theme of cheap beer inspiring great performances by home teams, Puebla takes it up another notch. Puebla pledges free beer if club loses to Juarez
Puebla fans who attend the club’s Liga MX match against Juarez on Thursday will receive free beer if the home side fails to win, the club announced.

Jesse Marsch is the first coach in league history to win his first five games. After record start in Austria, Marsch holds high expectations for Salzburg | ASN

Alexis Sanchez: Inter Milan and Manchester United agree loan deal | Football News | Sky Sports
Inter Milan have agreed a deal with Manchester United to sign Alexis Sanchez on loan, according to Sky in Italy.

Bury expelled by English Football League after takeover collapses - BBC Sport
Bury are expelled by the English Football League after a takeover bid from C&N Sporting Risk collapsed.

20 EPL teams join the fray in this round, and at least one will not escape it. Carabao Cup second round: Premier League join party, giant-killers and a bitter rivalry - BBC Sport

Racism in football: Garth Crooks fears 'Cantona moment' unless action taken - BBC Sport
Football could experience another "Eric Cantona moment" if government action is not taken to stop the racial abuse, says ex-Tottenham striker Garth Crooks.

Rangers: Steve Clarke hopes Uefa sectarian singing penalty helps Rangers tackle fan behaviour - BBC Sport
Scotland manager Steve Clarke hopes a UEFA punishment for sectarian singing from supporters will help Rangers eradicate unacceptable fan behavior.

Unpredictability stalks the Premier League – except at the very top | Stuart James | Football | The Guardian
Premier League’s opening rounds seem to show assumptions are being overturned – but not where Manchester City and Liverpool are concerned.

What we’ve learned, so far, from Premier League – ProSoccerTalk
What have we learned from the opening weeks of the new PL season?

Crisis talks continue in attempt to save Bolton from liquidation | The Guardian
Crisis talks are being held in a bid to save Bolton from liquidation after a deal to sell the club collapsed.

Bolton Wanderers face anxious wait after EFL deadline passes | BBC Sport
Fans of Bolton Wanderers face an anxious wait after Tuesday’s 17:00 BST deadline for a takeover to be completed passes.

Red Star Belgrade puts tank outside stadium - BBC News
The Serbian football club has sparked a controversy by wheeling out a tank ahead of its clash in the Champions League.

Jordi Cruyff on Johan: the dad who became Barcelona’s spiritual father | The Guardian
Before the unveiling of a statue outside Camp Nou, Jordi Cruyff talks of how his famous father, Johan, shaped his life.

Hooliganism fears rise in Denmark after a footballer’s flat is set on fire | The Guardian
Jens Stage thankfully survived the attack, but there is now concern in the country that similar incidents could take place.

Matt and Joseph Mills: ‘Our parents can drive to the same ground now’ | The Guardian
Brothers Matt and Joseph Mills have had long careers. This season – for the first time – they are on the same side at Forest Green Rovers, who meet Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup.

What’s on TV

11:45 AM: Lincoln City vs. Everton (Carabao League Cup) — ESPN+

12:00 PM: Ajax vs. APOEL (UEFA Champions League) — TUDN

12:00 PM: Club Brugge vs. LASK Linz (UEFA Champions League) — Galavision & B/R Live

12:00 PM: Slavia Praha vs. CFR Cluj (UEFA Champions League) — B/R Live

4:30 PM: Loudoun United vs. Birmingham Legion (USL Championship) — ESPN+

4:30 PM: Atlanta United II vs. Memphis 901 (USL Championship) — ESPN+

5:00 PM: Montreal Impact vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS) — ESPN+

5:00 PM: Léon vs. Santos Laguna (Liga MX) — ESPN Deportes

5:30 PM: Tulsa Roughnecks vs. Las Vegas Lights (USL Championship) — ESPN+

7:00 PM: Neacxa vs. Toluca (Liga MX) — TUDN

7:06 PM: Tijuana vs. Cruz Azul (Liga MX) — FS1

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