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Major Link Soccer: Discussing the FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup bids

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Only a handful of countries are still in the running

USA women’s national team celebrating a goal during the 2019... Photo by Mikoaj Barbanell/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

MLS is coming back, Liga MX might be back, turnover in the Canadian Women’s National Team, and Chelsea questions.

MLS

Argentine youth international Maximiliano Romero is reportedly on Nashville SC’s short-list for a striker. REPORT: Nashville SC Interested In DP Striker | Speedway Soccer

MLS commissioner Don Garber said that he’s “very optimistic” about teams playing in home markets after the end of the MLS is Back Tournament. MLS 'optimistic' about return to play in local markets, fans in stands - Garber

Felipe was the 2019 team MVP. Sporting KC Midfielder Felipe Gutierrez Out for the Year - The Blue Testament

Now’s not the time to shy away from a difficult topic. Let’s talk about domestic violence and Jesse Gonzalez - Big D Soccer

WoSo

OL Reign forward Darian Jenkins discusses the ongoing protests against systemic racism as well as the upcoming NWSL Challenge Cup. Interview: Darian Jenkins on protests, progress, and upcoming NWSL tournament — Just Women's Sports

Australia/NZ ranks highest, with Japan just behind and Colombia a distant third. The pros and cons from FIFA’s review of 2023 Women’s World Cup bids - All For XI

Gina Lewandowski spent over a decade in Germany before returning to the U.S. to join Sky Blue FC. For Gina Lewandowski, the road less traveled comes full circle – Equalizer Soccer ($)

The Canada WNT is looking for a new head coach one year out from the Olympics. Heiner-Moller leaving role as Canada head coach in August – Equalizer Soccer

Lianne Sanderson says the decision by England players to celebrate with Mark Sampson following allegations of racism, harassment and bullying in 2017 still makes her “sick to my stomach”. England celebration with Mark Sampson after racism allegations still makes me sick, says Lianne Sanderson | Sky Sports

USA

As Chelsea continue to add young, versatile attackers this summer, is Christian Pulisic becoming overshadowed in Frank Lampard’s revolution? Is Pulisic under threat at Chelsea as Werner and Ziyech prepare to arrive at Stamford Bridge?

USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie said of U.S. President Donald Trump: “In my eyes, you can call him racist.” Schalke and USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie: Trump not right for job of U.S. president

World

Real Madrid will turn down an offer from Atletico to play their remaining home fixtures at the Wanda Metropolitano, sources have told ESPN. Real Madrid to refuse Atletico ground share offer for La Liga matches sources

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) is expected to announce its decision on Manchester City’s appeal against their two-year European ban in the first half of July. Man City: European ban appeal result expected in July - BBC Sport

The FA is achieving its diversity targets but the paucity of senior black figures in the game is “utterly unacceptable” says Paul Elliott. FA's Paul Elliott says lack of black figures in football is 'utterly unacceptable' - BBC Sport

A near-capacity 25,000 crowd turned out for a tense Belgrade derby as both sets of fans lit flares and taunted each other. Serbian Cup - 25K fans pack stadium for Belgrade derby

It is NOT o-Kai to miss out! A must Have-rtz! Scouting Kai Havertz: The supreme generational talent - We Ain't Got No History