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Jurgen Klinsmann’s short stint with Hertha Berlin is over.

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There have been several more racist incidents in the world of soccer, one of them involved the FC Cincinnati coach using a racial slur while singing along to music. England might do something about the prevalence of betting sponsors, and Jurgen Klinsmann had a bad breakup with Hertha Berlin.

Seattle/Tacoma

Harry Shipp is a snake, apparently, and that’s why he’s the best Settlers of Catan player on the Sounders. Gustav Svensson's Team Power Rankings: Settlers of Catan | Seattle Sounders FC

A discussion on the future home of Tacoma Defiance and Reign FC. "Let's assume the People of Tacoma Think This is Cool..." — Flounders B-Team

Alec Diaz and the Puerto Rico U-20 National Team will face Barbados, Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands as they start the long road towards a possible U-20 World Cup appearance. Tacoma Defiance forward Alec Diaz called into Puerto Rican U-20 National Team | Seattle Sounders FC

Lauren Barnes isn’t going anywhere, as she’s signed for the 2020 season with an option for 2021. Lauren Barnes Re-Signs with Reign FC for 2020 Season — REIGN FC: THE BOLD

MLS/USL

It’s been a pretty rough past few days for FC Cincinnati. A complaint filed by the MLSPA alleges FC Cincinnati coach Ron Jans used racial slurs. Incidents being investigated by the MLS, team. FC Cincinnati coach accused of using racial slur; MLS, club investigating

The ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport clarifies why promotion and relegation doesn’t have to exist in the U.S. Understanding the CAS ruling on the battle for promotion and relegation in the U.S. – The Athletic

Miami got their man, Pizarro was greeted by crowds at the airport, and he’s even scored in a preseason loss! MLS Preseason 2020: Rodolfo Pizarro scores in preseason debut, but Inter Miami CF fall 2-1 to Philadelphia Union | MLSsoccer.com

Jason Kreis used to be somebody. He won an MLS Cup, and there were big hopes for him when he joined NYCFC. Now he’s definitely going to coach in USL League One and hopefully he’ll lead the USMNT to the Olympics. Inter Miami CF hire Jason Kreis to coach USL League One side Fort Lauderdale CF | MLSsoccer.com

The season previews have begun. ESPN FC take a look at every MLS team for 2020 and do their best to predict how everyone will fare. MLS 2020 team-by-team preview Expect Inter Miami and Nashville to watch the playoffs from home

Big fan of labor unions. Good for USL and the players. USL League One Voluntarily Recognizes Players Union

The offseason is long and full of terrors. Don Garber and the decision makers at MLS are trying to figure out how to solve that particular problem. MLS’ schedule changed to allow international play, creating a longer offseason - The Salt Lake Tribune

It seems that Paul Arriola likely tore his right ACL. Hopefully he’s able to follow the same path as his hero, Jordan Morris. Paul Arriola suffers potentially serious knee injury in D.C. United preseason match - The Washington Post

New Atlanta United player Jake Mulraney provides a glimpse into why MLS might be appealing to a certain types of players around the world. 'I feel I can enjoy my football a lot more over there' - babies, bereavement and a new chapter in America

The official, well, it’s not really a pyramid, is it? The professional soccer compound? Underground bunker? Whatever it is, NISA is a part of the professional soccer structure in the US. NISA Receives USSF Pro League Membership | National Independent Soccer Association

NWSL/WoSo

Players at Bristol City Women are set to take part in a landmark menstrual cycle study in a bid to understand why female footballers are susceptible to Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries. Exclusive: Bristol City Women to take part in landmark menstrual cycle study which could help with injury prevention

It’s been proven that if women’s sports are available, people will watch them but women’s sports is still hard to find on the tube. ​For fans of women’s sports, television can be a barren wasteland

USA

U.S. Soccer and its men’s and women’s national team have a fundamental disagreement that can’t be solved. Why U.S. Soccer won’t pay its men’s and women’s national teams better - SBNation.com

Lille may have lost 2-1 in their game against Marseille, but USMNT fans will be glad to hear that Timothy Weah made his return from a hamstring tear a day short of six months after the injury. Timothy Weah returns to action with Lille after lengthy absence - ProSoccerTalk | NBC Sports

World

The past three days show why the coach cannot be trusted and has gone beyond the point of sanity. Opinion: No club should hire Jürgen Klinsmann ever again - Bavarian Football Works

Jurgen Klinsmann has an elite soccer culture and team stuck in a bank, and he just needs your help and a bunch of your money to unlock it! Jurgen Klinsmann ditched Hertha Berlin after botching his latest scam - SBNation.com

A deeper look into how, exactly, things soured between Klinsmann and Hertha Berlin. Honigstein: Revenge, nepotism and stodgy football – why Jurgen Klinsmann lasted only 76 days at Hertha – The Athletic

Half of Premier League shirts carry a betting logo and deals are worth over £100m across the top two divisions. So how would clubs cope? Exclusive: British government to act on betting advertising in football this year with senior figures pushing for ban on shirt sponsorship – The Athletic ($)

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have come out swinging against the governing Jamaica Football Federation, accusing the organization’s top brass of lacking in basic principals of trust. 'We don't trust the JFF' | Jamaica Observer

Surf & Turf helped seal the deal on Atlético Madrid getting involved in the Canadian Premier League. CPL DEEP DIVE: How a steak & fish dinner in Madrid led to the launch of Atlético Ottawa – Canadian Premier League

eCPL is happening, and if a former NFL player were going to participate, I would hope that Jon Ryan would give it a shot. Canadian Premier League, Electronic Arts announce eCPL League for 2020 – Canadian Premier League

Atlético Madrid are supposedly pursuing a more expansive, “beautiful” style of play, but it’s not exactly worked out so far for Diego Simeone’s boys. Maybe their match-up with Liverpool will be the inspiration that they need. Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid tackle Liverpool in battle of opposites | Jonathan Wilson | Football | The Guardian

The wind is a tough opponent, nearly as formidable as the sea. It can be overcome, at times even harnessed, but never truly mastered. Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool overcame the wind and Norwich City on their way to yet another win. Klopp Talk: Liverpool’s 25 Point Gap In Premier League Is Insane - The Liverpool Offside

Moussa Marega did the right thing by walking off in protest of racism from the Vitoria fans. Sadly his Porto teammates and the officials can’t say the same for themselves. Marega leaves Vitória SC's lawn due to racist chants

What’s on TV today?

11:45 AM - Milan v. Torino (Serie A) - ESPN+

12:00 PM - Chelsea v. Manchester United (Premier League) - NBCSN