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Major Link Soccer: CONCACAF changes World Cup Qualifying Hex round

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The WC qualifiers are no longer a Hex but an Octo

Costa Rica v United States Photo by Michael Janosz/ISI Photos/Getty Images

Well Seattle’s run in the MLS is Back Tournament didn’t end the way we wanted it to but it did end so the boys can go home. Is there a new CB target that I want for the Sounders? And more soccer!

MLS/USL

Since joining United in the summer of 2017, Arriola has posted 14 goals and 12 assists in 68 regular season appearances. Paul Arriola agrees to contract extension with D.C. United - The Washington Post

Collen Warner of Colorado Rapids spoke with Last Word on Soccer about his desire to get involved with MLS Black Players For Change. Collen Warner Pursues Voter Empowerment With MLS Black Players for Change - Last Word on Soccer

Phoenix Rising FC announced Monday that it will be hosting New Mexico United on Aug. 8, but fans will be not allowed at any home matches in August. Phoenix Rising to host New Mexico; no fans at home matches in August

Orange County SC also becomes the first USL team to transfer a player to the German Bundesliga. Also, apologies for the all caps but that is how OCSC wrote the headline so... ORANGE COUNTY SC AGREES TO HISTORIC TRANSFER WITH VFL WOLFSBURG FOR BRYANG KAYO

NWSL

The sudden screeching halt of American sports happened over one stunning week in March. With barely a highlight reel to be found, what followed was an absolute craving for sports content, one that had people tuning in for reruns of old games and inhaling documentaries like Michael Jordan’s. What the NWSL Restart Has Taught Us About Sexism in Sports

After the Angel City announcement, the sky’s the limit on potential NWSL owners. The Athletic has some ideas. Taylor Swift, Céline Dion and Stephen Curry: Our NWSL expansion wish list – The Athletic ($)

USA

The USMNT begins next June. Concacaf announces World Cup qualifying format - Stars and Stripes FC

Seventeen U.S. cities, including Atlanta, are vying for 10 spots as hosts. Atlanta hopes to land one of the semifinal berths. Atlanta group meets virtually with FIFA about World Cup bid

It begins with the Nations League finals in March 2021. Concacaf sets Nations League, Gold Cup dates - Stars and Stripes FC

World

Games without fans, fake crowd noise, extra substitutes and water breaks - what have you made of the conclusion to the 2019-20 season? Zoom walls, fake crowd noise, water breaks: Did you enjoy lockdown football? - BBC Sport

Football clubs in England may have to play the entire 2020-21 football season in front of reduced capacity crowds, a senior government adviser says. Coronavirus: Entire 2020-21 English football season could be played in reduced capacity stadiums - BBC Sport

Newcastle United’s proposed takeover has been delayed because of a lack of clarity over who would be in charge. Newcastle takeover: Where is the Premier League club's sale up to? - BBC Sport

I want him to sign in Seattle but I doubt that. But we do need a CB after last night and I want him so...internet rumor begins? Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen leaves the Premier League club after eight years. Jan Vertonghen: Tottenham defender leaves on free transfer after eight years - BBC Sport

Culture

After 34 years, Contra will finally get its own tabletop game in 2021. From Kess Co. and Blacklist Games, players can experience Contra as a four-player co-op board game. But the Contra: The Board Game should have an authentic feel for Contra fans, even if i’ts on a table instead of a screen. Contra: The Board Game launches early next year - Polygon

What’s on TV?

10:30 AM - Parma v. Atalanta - Serie A - ESPN+, ESPN Deportes

12:45 PM - Inter v. Napoli - Serie A - ESPN+

4:00 PM - Tormenta v. Richmond Kickers - USL League One - ESPN+

5:00 PM - Columbus Crew v. Minnesota United - MLS is Back - ESPN, ESPN Deportes

7:30 PM - Portland Timbers v. FC Cincinnati - MLS is Back - ESPN, ESPN Deportes