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Coutinho wants out of Spain, Chelsea rocked by scandal, and Atlanta advances to the USOC final

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If you’re from Tacoma you probably know their bars, if you don’t know the twins themselves. Defiantly Tacoma: Tacoma’s Peterson Brothers - We R Tacoma

Tacoma Rainiers, UW Tacoma Milgard School of Business Partner on New Sports Enterprise Management Program | Tacoma Rainiers News

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MLS

Once upon a time these were Seattle headlines. Atlanta United fans set MLS regular season attendance record... again - Dirty South Soccer

Teams are making moves in order to make moves before the deadline. Alexander placed on waivers | FC Cincinnati

Yesterday’s rumor is today’s confirmed move... but not until winter. Wayne Rooney to leave D.C. United for Derby County this winter - Black And Red United
The England legend will join the promotion hopefuls in the Championship at the end of the MLS season

DC stole the limelight on Tuesday with a plethora of moves. D.C. United trades for Vancouver midfielder Felipe Martins - Black And Red United
One of the league’s villains is coming to D.C.

DC didn’t stop at Martins for players coming in. Galaxy send midfielder Ema Boateng to D.C. United in hopes to acquire Cristian Pavón
The Galaxy sent Ema Boateng to D.C. United in exchange for $250,000 in target-allocation money and obtained another $200,000 in TAM from Orlando in a cash swap.

DC wasn’t the only team making a lot of moves on Tuesday. Vancouver Whitecaps acquire winger Michaell Chirinos on loan | MLSsoccer.com

The scenarios are narrowing as Atlanta United moves on to the USOC final. Which MLS teams could host the 2019 US Open Cup final? | MLSsoccer.com

It wasn’t planned, but he decided could no longer stay silent after last weekend’s incidents. Alejandro Bedoya: Philadelphia Union midfielder won’t stick to sports | SI.com
Alejandro Bedoya didn’t plan to speak into the microphone on Sunday after scoring his goal, but his message shortly went viral and he isn’t done voicing his opinion.

Women’s Soccer

Now you can get your weekly Kim Little fix without a VPN. FA to launch streaming platform dedicated to women’s football | Football | The Guardian
The governing body has announced the platform will provide live access to more than 150 domestic games throughout the season, including all WSL matches.

World

The league that got VAR right still has ideas to make it better. Bundesliga working to improve on VAR - Bavarian Football Works
The Video Assistant Referee has been a successful addition to the Bundesliga, but they’re working hard to improve things.

It must be nice to have essentially unlimited deep pockets in silly season. Why Man United paying £80m for a leader like Maguire is a good deal
It is a lot of money, but Man United have been crying out for a presence like Harry Maguire, who immediately becomes a key player at Old Trafford.

After weeks of speculation and a hold-out, the former Gunners skipper got his wish to leave. Arsenal captain Koscielny leaves for Bordeaux
Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny has signed for French side Bordeaux.

German third-division club Chemnitzer FC have terminated the contract of their captain after accusing him of sympathizing with far-right groups.

The EPL kicks off this weekend, so expect a lot of these predictions in the coming days. Premier League predictions: Who will finish where, plus BBC Sport readers’ table - BBC Sport
The transfer window is about to shut but what does it all mean for the Premier League? Phil McNulty predicts how the table will look come May.

Again and again, horrific years-long scandals keep rocking storied organizations. Chelsea apology over ex-chief scout Eddie Heath’s ‘unchallenged’ sex abuse - BBC Sport
Young Chelsea footballers were targeted for years by a “prolific and manipulative sexual abuser” who was able to operate “unchallenged”, says a damning report.

The Brazilian wants out, but who wants him? Philippe Coutinho seeks Premier League return as Barcelona say he can leave on loan just 18 months after signing for £142m
Philippe Coutinho has finally been told he can leave Barcelona on loan and is looking for a return to the Premier League before Thursday’s deadline.

Report: Juventus accept Tottenham’s €70M bid for Paulo Dybala - Black & White & Read All Over
However, like with Manchester United, Dybala isn’t really all that keen on moving to England.

Fans, don’t be idiots and throw stuff. It doesn’t end well. Universitatea Craiova ordered to play two matches behind closed doors - BBC Sport
Universitatea Craiova are ordered to play their next two European games behind closed doors after a Northern Irish referee was hit by an object from the crowd in a Europa League qualifier.

Pop culture

Maybe Sammy the Sounder could use a friend? The Phillie Phanatic could be a free agent. Here’s why - SBNation.com

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