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Chicago will not be one of the USA cities hosting in the tri-tournament.

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The MLS is Back tournament has lost a team so far but what do you need to know about the teams still in the tournament. Carlos Vela is sitting out of the tournament. Austin FC has a big signing on the horizon. The Bundesliga promotion/relegation was decided and much more.

Seattle

When the Girls Academy came calling, Gallimore didn’t hesitate to be commissioner of the national, 67-club league that arose from the ashes of the ill-fated Development Academy. Lesle Gallimore: The Girls Academy will listen to players 07/06/2020

On Friday, Sounders FC players, coaches and staff wore Black Lives Matter t-shirts while traveling from Seattle to Orlando, where the squad is set to compete in the MLS is Back Tournament. The player-driven initiative formed from a team meeting held in the days leading up to their departure. Black Lives Matter: Sounders FC players share thoughts on their BLM t-shirts and how to keep the message going | Seattle Sounders FC

“We were all on the same page,” said fullback Kelvin Leerdam. “Everybody’s eyes are open and see what is going around, especially in the U.S., but also around the world.” Why the Seattle Sounders wore Black Lives Matter shirts on their journey to Orlando | MLSsoccer.com

MLS

A look at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resorts. Interesting details about MLS is Back’s ‘bubble city’ - Brotherly Game

With New York City at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic for several months, NYCFC’s stadium search was affected. NYCFC stadium search slowed by COVID-19: "It just wasn’t anyone’s top priority" | MLSsoccer.com

Reigning MLS MVP staying home for family reasons. LAFC star Carlos Vela to sit out MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando - Angels on Parade

Austin FC sporting director and ex-USMNT great Claudio Reyna said son Giovanni is enjoying his time at Borussia Dortmund alongside Erling Haaland. Austin FC's Claudio Reyna: Son Giovanni enjoying time at Dortmund

MLS expansion side Austin FC has signed Rodney Redes as its first player, for a transfer fee that sources have told ESPN is $2.75 million. Austin FC's first signing Redes to cost $2.75m - sources

Former Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson filed a $10.2 million lawsuit against two team physicians Monday, alleging that their handling of his injuries in 2018 ended his professional soccer career. Former goalkeeper Jake Gleeson files $10.2 million lawsuit against 2 Portland Timbers team physicians - oregonlive.com

Former Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson is seeking over $10 million in damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit against team doctors. Ex-Portland Timbers GK Jake Gleeson files malpractice lawsuit against team doctors

Since this is pretty much the final few days of preseason before the games begin, I’m transporting our annual preseason “one big question” column to mid-July. 2020’s been weird. Except for FC Dallas, who pulled out. Armchair Analyst: One big Q for every team in the MLS is Back Tournament | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL

NWSL players made many sacrifices to compete in the ongoing Challenge Cup, but one thing they didn’t have to give up was access to good coffee. But first, coffee: The hottest item inside the NWSL athlete village – Equalizer Soccer ($)

USA

Now a league Coach of the Year on two continents, Jesse Marsch is as renowned as any American coach since Bob Bradley’s success with Egypt and Stabaek. American coach Marsch named Austrian Bundesliga Coach of the Year

The 10 United States host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup remain in flux, though one definite is that Chicago – host city for the 1994 opening match at Soldier Field – won’t make the final cut. Chicago confirmed out as 2026 FIFA World Cup host city, list remains unfinalized | MLSsoccer.com

Soccer’s governing body will choose 16 venues from 23 candidates in the United States, Canada and Mexico. FIFA begins process of selecting 2026 World Cup venues - The Washington Post

World

Jose Mourinho loves a fight and his reaction to seeing two of his star Tottenham players going at it was very on brand. He absolutely loved it. Jose Mourinho Tottenham reaction: "Nice boys only win the fair play cup"

Former Bundesliga champions Werder Bremen avoid relegation from the German top flight on away goals after a 2-2 draw at second division Heidenheim. 1. FC Heidenheim 1846 2-2 Werder Bremen: Bremen avoid Bundesliga relegation - BBC Sport

The midfielder, who started his career at Chelsea, is back in the UK after five years in South Africa. He accepts it will be tough to find a new club but tells Jacob Steinberg he hopes to inspire aspiring Jewish players. Dean Furman: 'I'd love to see more Jewish footballers. We're few and far between' | Football | The Guardian

Simon Eastwood denied Cameron McGeehan in the shootout to send Oxford to Wembley after the semi-final tie ended 2-2 on aggregate. Oxford to face Wycombe in League One play-off final after pipping Portsmouth | Football | The Guardian

Ralf Rangnick is set to replace Ralf Rangnick as Milan manager for the new season. Ralf Rangnick agrees to become Milan manager for start of 2020-21 season | Football | The Guardian

The maximum number will be 5,000 or 50% of the stadium capacity — whichever is smaller. Japanese soccer and baseball to start allowing fans at games | AP