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One of the big Summer moves seems to have been decided.

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People around the world continue to express their thoughts and support for the ongoing protests and the Black Lives Matter movement, from players in the US to Jesse Marsch over in Austria. Meanwhile the USL has announced their plans to return to action, and NWSL teams are preparing for the start of their tournament. As seasons get back underway, so too does the transfer market, and Timo Werner may be the first big purchase.

Seattle/Tacoma

The letter advocates decreasing police budgets and increasing spending on health care and social services. Megan Rapinoe signs letter to defund police - Outsports

Steve Zakuani shares some of his lived experience as he discusses the importance of allyship with the Black Lives Matter movement. Steve Zakuani shares powerful message about his experiences with racism and the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement | Seattle Sounders FC

In a whirlwind 48 hours, preseason in Montana went from being a speculative email to an actual plan. How Montana Preseason Went from “Crazy Idea” to Perfect Fit — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

MLS/USL

Former Sonic now part of MLS ownership. Kevin Durant Buys Minority Stake In Philadelphia Union

Words matter, and they have consequences. LA Galaxy release Aleksandar Katai after wife’s racist social media posts - LAG Confidentia

“It was just all kind of jammed down our throats,”one player said of the union’s CBA negotiations with MLS. “Accept or get locked out.” MLS may have won the CBA negotiations but for some players the damage done is 'irreparable'

Some serious charges have been brought to the Dallas keeper. Jesse Gonzalez suspended pending investigation - Big D Soccer

League indicates teams are likely to play in home venues. Sacramento Republic likely to play at Papa Murphy’s Park again in 2020 - Indomitable City Soccer

Ali Curtis calls for action in pursuit of meaningful change. Toronto FC general manager Ali Curtis: "We have to do more" | MLSsoccer.com

The former Red Bull is now a part-owner of one of Sweden’s largest modern breweries. Markus Holgersson retires, becomes beer nerd - Once A Metro

Whether fans will be allowed in stadiums or not, everyone involved at the club level looks forward to playing in their home stadiums. Coast-to-Coast, Championship Clubs Relishing Return to Home Venues

NWSL/WoSo

Trialists and draft picks could lose out on their dream of a pro contract due to the challenges of coronavirus. Opportunity Cut Short for NWSL's Non-Roster Invitees | The Victory Press

To mark the first anniversary of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, we asked *Bleues* captain Amandine Henry to share her memories of the event. FIFA Women's World Cup 2019™ - News - Henry: Women's football stereotypes are in the past - FIFA.com

Chelsea have been awarded the 2019-20 Women’s Super League title after the final table was determined on a points-per-game basis. Chelsea handed Women's Super League title on points-per-game basis | Football | The Guardian

The LFC Women’s manager expresses her frustration in an open letter to the fans. Vicky Jepson Pens Open Letter to Fans - The Liverpool Offside

USA

Eighteen years ago this week, Bruce Arena’s team started their campaign. They would change how American players were perceived at home and abroad. 'Man, this isn't MLS': An oral history of USA's quarter-final run in 2002 | The Guardian

World

KHR thinks fans in the stadiums can be made possible, as long as it’s done in appropriate stages. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says fans in stadiums may be possible before season’s over - Bavarian Football Works

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has called for the prospect of salary and transfer-fee caps to be discussed at all levels of the game. FIFA president Gianni Infantino calls for salary-cap and transfer-fee talks | Football News | Sky Sports

How marriage helps Carlos Álvarez and Renae Cuéllar achieve their goals. How marriage helps Carlos Álvarez and Renae Cuéllar achieve their goals | Football | The Guardian

Jesse Marsch is doing more than just winning trophies while he’s in Austria. Jesse Marsch wears "Black Lives Matter" armband during Red Bull Salzburg match | MLSsoccer.com

It’s been quite a path from the Stuttgart academy to the precipice of a move to Chelsea for Timo Werner. Brilliant Werner was mocked by team-mates and called a ‘son of a whore’ by fans – The Athletic

Is it fair that 3/4 of the 2026 World Cup games are scheduled to take place in the US? Is United 2026 World Cup game scheduling fair? - FMF State Of Mind

So, about that Timo Werner fella. Timo Werner in-depth scouting report for Chelsea - We Ain't Got No History

Looking back on how much hasn’t changed in the time since 1996. Inter sensa Anima: Paul Ince and racism, 24 years on - Serpents of Madonnina