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Major Link Soccer: Christen Press is making the most of her opportunity

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Hamid making the most of his, Neymar with another mishap.

Panama v United States: Group A - 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Photo by Omar Vega/Getty Images

Puget Sound

A proposed letter of intent between Metro Parks Tacoma, the City of Tacoma and The Soccer Club of Tacoma (TSCOT) for a new soccer stadium in Tacoma included a public and private funding plan for the first time. $22M in public funds proposed for new Tacoma soccer stadium | Tacoma News Tribune

MLS / USL

You knew it was only a matter of time before teams tapped into new revenue streams. Atlanta United announces sleeve sponsor for 2020 kits - Dirty South Soccer

It took a little bit of Real Madrid, a dash of Michael Jordan and plenty more for D.C. United to come up with the classic look from MLS’s inaugural season. Best MLS jersey ever? The inside story of DC United’s classic 1996 kit | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL / women’s soccer

First the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament was moved out of China due to coronavirus fears. Now the Chinese team is facing new challenges. Quarantined Chinese footballers forced to train in Brisbane hotel corridor

Let’s talk about pitch, baby. Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things. WSL’s awful pitches: From swimming in Tranmere to sandcastles in Southport - All For XI

US soccer

D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid made the most of his first USMNT call-up under Gregg Berhalter, and should stay in the goalkeeper mix. Bill Hamid boosts USMNT standing in open goalkeeper race

Though Group B survivors Canada (probably) and Mexico (maybe) could still test the United States, the stiffest competition in the region right now is inside the USWNT squad itself, where two members of the current 20-player roster will have to be cut for the Olympics proper. US women’s national team crushes Costa Rica, Christen Press shines | Charles Boehm | MLSsoccer.com

Christen Press is setting herself up to have a very good year. Press shines as the USWNT cruise past Costa Rica 6-0 in Olympic qualifying | ASN

World soccer

20 yards out, in heavy traffic? Who among us hasn’t been in that exact situation and curled it perfectly into the far upper corner? Gio Reyna’s first Borussia Dortmund goal is an absolute stunner - Stars and Stripes FC

Check your couch cushions for loose change, you might have enough to buy a League One team. CLUB SALE UPDATE: Report reveals Sunderland price as £40m - with two serious buyers interested - Roker Report

A West Ham supporter who wore an anti-board T-shirt while volunteering as a pitchside flag-waver has been banned by the club. West Ham ban fan for wearing anti-board T-shirt at pitchside | The Guardian

The midfielder has moved closer towards returning to first-team action after playing 60 minutes for Chelsea’s development squad. Ruben Loftus-Cheek plays first Chelsea game since rupturing achilles in May | The Guardian

Neymar injured himself in a match before celebrating his birthday and Thomas Tuchel was not impressed, saying: ‘It isn’t the best way to prepare’. Neymar to miss PSG match after partying with a rib injury | The Guardian

More than two-thirds of Premier League fans believe VAR has made the game less enjoyable to watch, according to a YouGov survey. VAR makes Premier League less enjoyable - YouGov survey - BBC Sport

The teenager broke a 120-year record when he captained Liverpool against Shrewsbury, becoming the youngest Reds captain, a record formerly claimed when 20-year-old Alex Raisbeck wore the armband in 1900. Liverpool Vs. Shrewsbury Town: Curtis Jones Youngest-Ever Reds Captain

The Barcelona winger, who has not played since November, suffered a serious hamstring tear on his return to training. Ousmane Dembele: Barcelona winger tears hamstring on return to training - BBC Sport

A South Korean court has ordered a local match organiser to pay compensation to two fans after Cristiano Ronaldo did not play in a Juventus friendly as advertised. Cristiano Ronaldo: South Korean fans compensated after Juventus forward fails to play - BBC Sport

On course to return to the Football League after almost half a century, Barrow AFC are winning plaudits on and off the pitch. ‘Barrowcelona’ – the non-League team led by Rooney, influenced by Guardiola and playing beautiful, ballsy football – The Athletic ($)

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