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Plenty of transfer news dropped yesterday, most of the MLS news did not make it in here but the moves are in the transfer thread. A lot of global moves did make it in here. Likely by the time you are reading this (9 AM PT) the English window will have closed and they can no longer buy players (they can sell) as well. For non-transfer news you’ll find more racism issues in England, Behind the Yellow Wall, and that US Soccer hired lobbyists to fight the USWNT on equal pay.

Seattle

In case you missed this earlier this week. Fredy Montero, Sounders Icon, Has a New North Seattle Coffee Shop Opening Sunday - Eater Seattle
Santo Coffee Co. specializes in Colombian beans and panela lattes

Hey Seattle, Vote for Your New City Flag! - Slog - The Stranger
It's time, Seattle. After receiving over 130 submissions to redesign Seattle's ugly official city flag, The Stranger's esteemed panel of crackpot vexillologists has determined 10 finalists. Now it's up to you to decide which of these flags should be our new (UNOFFICIAL) Seattle city flag. We're calling it the People's Flag of Seattle, because while we strongly encourage Mayor Durkan and the City of Seattle to adopt our new flag, we have low expectations for...

MLS

The Brits talked to Bedoya about his comments and to get more from the Union midfielder on gun control. Alejandro Bedoya on US gun violence: 'People get stuck in their American ways of thinking' | Philadelphia Union | The Guardian

Will she coach for Beckham? What about Gattuso or Ancelotti that have been tied there as well? She’s won two World Cups and lives in South Florida. Could Dolphins fan Jill Ellis be in Inter Miami’s future? - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Jill Ellis, who won two World Cups and lives in South Florida, was a guest at Dolphins training camp Tuesday. When asked if she had interest in coaching David Beckham’s Inter Miami MLS team, she said, “I'm open to everything.”

NWSL

Get Well Soon!!! Orlando Pride Defender Toni Pressley Diagnosed with Breast Cancer | Orlando City Soccer Club

USA

The USMNT future of fullbacks now lies in the Netherlands. Sources: U.S. youngster Gloster to Dutch side PSV
U.S. U-20 youth international and Hannover 96 defender Chris Gloster has agreed to terms on a transfer to Eredivisie powerhouse PSV Eindhoven.

Three articles on US Soccer hiring lobbyists to help them not pay the USWNT. Why are there three? Because we found three that have a little different perspective so you can choose.

U.S. Soccer hires lobbyists in equal-pay dispute
The U.S. Soccer Federation has hired two lobbying firms to counter claims by U.S women's team players from that they are paid less than the men.

U.S. Soccer hires lobbyists to argue women’s national team isn’t underpaid - POLITICO
The lobbyists have circulated a presentation that emphasizes the benefits the women’s team players receive, including a guaranteed salary and maternity leave, that players on the men’s team do not.

US Soccer has hired lobbyists to argue they pay the women just fine - Stars and Stripes FC
Yeah, sure, that’s one way to spend your money.

World

Just what the Gunners need, more players that lose focus on defense. Sources - Luiz refuses to train, wants Arsenal move
David Luiz refused to train with Chelsea's first team on Wednesday in hopes of forcing a move out of Stamford Bridge, sources have told ESPN FC.

Unclear is it because no one wants Coutinho on a permanent deal, instead of a loan with a purchase option, or if Barcelona is just done. Sources: Barca rule out Coutinho Prem return
Philippe Coutinho will not return to the Premier League this month despite Barcelona offering him to a number of English clubs, sources say.

Don’t Cross the Line! Premier League: Richard Masters reveals plans to tackle racism in football - BBC Sport
The Premier League's acting chief executive Richard Masters says "one instance of racism is too many" and has laid out plans to tackle discrimination in the game.

Champions League: James Forrest scores as Celtic draw against Cluj - BBC Sport
Celtic survive a nervy night in Cluj as they returned to Glasgow with an away goal and a draw in their Champions League qualifier with CFR Cluj.

Spurs appear to be getting him on a year loan with a guaranteed purchase. Giovani lo Celso: Spurs agree deal for Betis midfielder - BBC Sport
Tottenham reach an agreement with Real Betis to sign midfielder Giovani lo Celso as talks over Fulham left-back Ryan Sessegnon continue.

Wydad was found guilty of abandoning the second leg of the final. African Champions League: Esperance declared winners - BBC Sport
Tunisian club Esperance are declared African Champions League winners.

Let’s just say the transition will be interesting. How will Derby and Phillip Cocu manage the world of Wayne Rooney? | Football | The Guardian
Wayne Rooney is an upgrade on David Nugent but will have to cope with being a trophy scalp for Championship hard men and to take care with the extra-curricular activities.

These two are awesome! Harder and Eriksson: ‘After the photo people wrote and said how much we’d helped’ | Football | The Guardian
Sweden’s Magda Eriksson and Denmark’s Pernille Harder talk about their kiss in Paris that went viral, what it was like coming out and joining Common Goal.

I don’t believe he signed with the Sounders but wouldn’t that have been fun. Wilfried Zaha requests transfer after Crystal Palace reject Everton bid | Football | The Guardian
Crystal Palace have rejected Everton’s new offer for Wilfried Zaha and insisted that they will not accept less than £100m.

Apparently don’t cross the line doesn’t matter too much when it is chairman. FC Schalke decision to clear chairman of racism condemned | World news | The Guardian
Football club says Clemens Tönnies will step down for only three months over widely-criticised Africa comments.

Oh Forlan, he is not lan for this world...well not for international football as a Celeste legend says farewell.

Poch managed to take a squad that was full of injuries and made no transfers during multiple windows and took them to the Champions League Final, his blueprint is gold. Maybe not the only gold one but still, gold. Mauricio Pochettino exclusive: Spurs manager's fascinating man-management blueprint | Football News | Sky Sports
"Why is man-management important? Because players are people. They are not furniture."

Saido Berahino: Stoke City release £12m striker - BBC Sport he had a DUI and there was no love lost between the two when Stoke cut him.

Chelsea publish results of inquiries into historical child and racial abuse at club - We Ain't Got No History
Harrowing accounts, and full apologies from the club.

Lionel Messi is not the only player in trouble for their antics at Copa America. Jesus gets two-month Brazil ban for Copa antics
Gabriel Jesus has been suspended from international matches with Brazil for two months because of bad behavior at the Copa America.

It took weeks but finally the want-away striker is leaving Manchester United. Lukaku bound for Inter on £72m deal - sources
Romelu Lukaku is on the verge of leaving Manchester United for Inter Milan in a £72 million deal, sources have told ESPN FC.

The Yellow Wall is possible the best supporters sections in the world. This is just amazing. Behind the Yellow Wall: an insider’s tour of Signal Iduna Park at the DFL-Supercup - Fear The Wall
Borussia Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park is one of the most incredible soccer stadiums in the world. The club let us go behind the scenes for the DFL-Supercup. Check it out!

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4:00 p.m. - MLS - NYCFC v. Houston Dynamo - ESPN+

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