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MLS doing crazy things, USA vs Mexico tonight, Women’s Clasico on deck and more.

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Seattle

NO! Players want Vlatko for USWNT head coach - Once A Metro. Multiple national teamers have voiced support for Andonovski.

What's Next for Meg Rapinoe and Sue Bird | InStyle.com. “As a female athlete, you kind of wait your whole life to be in a position where you can capitalize on this. And it’s at a point where it’s never been, and it’s so exciting,” Rapinoe says in an intimate interview alongside her WNBA star girlfriend.

MLS

Major League Soccer club bans Utah couple from waving 'Betsy Ross flag' at games | Fox News. Two die-hard soccer fans in Utah say Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake asked them to take down a Betsy Ross flag they were waving in the front row at a recent match because the team dubbed the star-spangled banner a "symbol for hate groups."

This is getting crazy. Sources: MLS fans suspended for Iron Front flag.

In case you don’t know what this is all about. MLS takes on Portland's most passionate fans over protests. What's this feud about?.

MLS needs to start respecting FIFA windows, for the sake of the USMNT. You may not want any of Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, or Omar Gonzalez on the U.S. Men's National Team, but Gregg Berhalter might and as head coach he deserves every right to have the players he wants in camp.

NWSL/Women’s Soccer

Let’s see if it is as intense as the men’s version. Spain ready for first women’s clásico, as Real Madrid enter the fray | Sid Lowe | Football | The Guardian. The Spanish women’s football season opens this weekend with Barcelona v Real Madrid, though the visitors are strictly not yet called that.

Get to know your 2019-2020 teams. WSL 2019-20: our club-by-club guide to the new season | Football | The Guardian. Champions Arsenal have strengthened again though Chelsea and Manchester City will challenge in a league made more competitive by the arrival of Spurs and Manchester United.

What’s going on in the windy city? What’s happening to the Chicago Red Stars? - All For XI. Chicago should be a lock for a playoff spot by now. Why are they struggling so much?

USA

Sources: Nashville SC signs Costa Rica's Leal. Nashville SC has signed Costa Rica international and Deportivo Saprissa midfielder Randall Leal, league sources have told ESPN.

Maybe one day we will no longer hear this chant. Will U.S. Soccer halt 'puto' chant at USMNT-Mexico friendly?. In the grand scheme of the USMNT-Mexico rivalry, Friday's friendly won't mean much. Which makes it a great chance to do something that truly matters.

It’s the first matchup since the Gold Cup Final. USA vs. Mexico, 2019 friendly: What to watch for - Stars and Stripes FC. The rivalry continues immediately after the previous installment.

World

Sometimes playing young players works out really well. Inside the Grêmio academy, home of Brazil's brightest young footballers | Football | The Guardian. Grêmio have reached the Copa Libertadores semi-finals for the third year running thanks to a core of youth products.

Former Östersund chairman goes on trial accused of financial crimes | Football | The Guardian. The man regarded as the mastermind behind the rise of the Swedish team Östersund has appeared in court at the start of a trial in which he is accused of serious financial crimes.

Sometimes all it takes is a visit to a bar. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: ‘Pub visit reminded me what England means to fans’ | Football | The Guardian. After watching the World Cup in Shoreditch among fans, the Liverpool midfielder is now ready to play his part for England.

This is generally a true statement. Gareth Bale: 'Critics do not know what they are talking about' - BBC Sport. Real Madrid star Gareth Bale says his critics do not know what they are talking about.

This is a good thing to see. Finnish FA Announces Equal Pay For Male And Female Players - SPORTbible. Female players have signed a new four year contract with the Finnish FA, meaning they receive the same amount of money in terms of win and draw bonuses.