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Roldan becoming a leader, it’s audition time for USWNT, Barcelona and PSG settle on figure for Neymar and more.

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Seattle

There’s a new leader in Seattle. Making A Legacy: How Cristian Roldan is adapting to a new leadership role | Seattle Sounders FC.

It’s been a struggle this season for Reign FC on the injury front. Andonovski, Long weigh in on Reign FC struggles, injuries | Pro Soccer USA. A 1-0 loss to the Courage dropped Reign FC to fifth in the NWSL table. Allie Long and Vlatko Andonovski weigh in on the struggles.

MLS

Is there an Argentinean coming back to MLS? Report: Winger Yamil Asad finally nearing return to DC United | MLSsoccer.com. Report Could D.C. United's long-running pursuit of a Yamil Asad return finally be nearing fruition? That’s a very real possibility, according to The Washington Post's Steven Goff, who reported Wednesday night that D.C. have “grown increasingly confident in striking a deal” for the Argentinean winger in time for him to join the squad ahead of MLS’s roster freeze deadline on Friday.

MLS competition gains a new frontier: Ever-expanding front office structures – The Athletic. Successful MLS executives need a defined skillset. But with rapid expansion, the supply of candidates isn't in line with demand.

Who is the Newcomer of the Year in MLS? Here are five potential candidates. Top 5 Newcomers of the Year: Heber, Gil or Fernandez leading? | MLSsoccer.com. This season, just as many before it, there has been an influx of stars to Major League Soccer, leaving yet another tight race for Newcomer of the Year. The 2019 version of the award is still very much up for grabs, with a struggle at the top to separate from the pack and bring home individual silverware.

Who has the easiest schedule left in MLS? Who has the hardest? Strength of Schedule Rankings update: Who has the toughest home stretch? | MLSsoccer.com. Who among the pack of playoff-chasing teams will win the race to qualify for the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs, and in what seeding order? With the prominent exception of runaway league leaders LAFC – who have already clinched a spot in the postseason well ahead of the rest – that remains to be seen.

NWSL/Women’s Soccer

USWNT thrash Portugal in front of large crowd. USA sets friendly attendance record during 4-0 win over Portugal - Stars and Stripes FC. On a Thursday night!

It’s audition time. Remaining victory tour matches serving as audition for U.S. players amidst coach search – The Athletic
With the search for Jill Ellis' replacement underway, the players are sharing their thoughts on several candidates with the USSF

The saga continues. Financial Context for the Fair Pay Fight between the USWNT and USSF - Stars and Stripes FC. USSF is in the midst of a tense legal fight with the USWNT over fair pay & treatment. Let’s stop and talk about the economics for a moment.

World

Australia gears up for FIFA World Cup 2022. Socceroos squad FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifier v Kuwait: Team, players, profiles, news, videos. Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold today announced the 23 players that have been selected to represent Australia in the nation’s first qualification match on the road to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

There’s finally a figure to determine Neymar’s value. Neymar: Barcelona and PSG reach agreement on value of Brazilian - BBC Sport
Barcelona and Paris St-Germain have "reached an agreement on the value of Neymar" as a deal edges closer, says BBC Radio 5 Live's Guillem Balague.

And the winner is......Virgil van Dijk wins UEFA Men's Player of the Year award - UEFA Champions League - News - UEFA.com.

Sad news. Luis Enrique shares news of daughter's death. Former Spain and Barcelona coach Luis Enrique shared the news of his nine-year-old.

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