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Major Link Soccer: With MLS is Back complete, MLS is back

COVID issues in Australian and European leagues, the long rough fall of Ronaldinho.

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MLS: MLS IS BACK Final-Orlando City SC at Portland Timbers Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The MLS Is Back tournament wrapped up last night in Orlando. A team won an absurdly oversized trophy, and someone will probably make an absurdly oversized deal about how important it is. Here’s the day’s news that’s fit to share:

Puget Sound

Tacoma’s Alec Diaz makes the XI. USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 7

Vote Herrera early and often. USL Championship Fans’ Choice Save of the Week – Week 7


FC Dallas will admit a limited number of supporters to its home game this week. Some experts think it’s too early to return to a semblance of normality. A much-need respite or foolish risk? MLS welcomes back fans | The Guardian

With positive COVID-19 tests forcing their removal from the MLS bubble, Dallas gets restarted again on Wednesday night. After ‘absolute chaos’ in Orlando, FC Dallas can’t wait to get started again – The Athletic ($)

NWSL / women’s soccer

Holly would return to NWSL after resigning from the HC position with Sky Blue FC. Report: Racing Louisville FC have hired Christy Holly as new head coach - All For XI

Yes, players are leaving NWSL to get games, but don’t read too much into it right now. Mewis Man City moves and more: rounding up player and coach news - All For XI

A look at the complications that players, clubs, and leagues face in National Women’s Soccer League loans and transfers to the FA Women’s Super League during the COVID-19 pandemic. NWSL to FA WSL Loans: The Complexities and Uncertainty for Players Seeking Regular Competition during a Pandemic | Our Game Magazine

The Wembley match between Chelsea and Manchester City will kick off the new season in England, as the fixture returns after an absence of 12 years. Revived Women’s Community Shield to take place before men’s match | The Guardian

Atletico Madrid women were forced to suspend training 10 days before UEFA Women’s Champions League play resumes, after five players tested positive for COVID-19. El Atlético de Madrid Femenino mantiene la suspensión de sus entrenamientos (Spanish)

US soccer

It was 24 years ago when the world descended on Georgia for the 100th Olympic Games. The USWNT’s 2-1 victory over China in the gold medal match at Sanford Stadium signaled that the women’s game was here to stay. One night in Athens - Beyond The Trestle

World soccer

A-League fans who were at Newcastle Jets’ game against Western United at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday have been put on alert, after second positive Covid-19 case was detected in the city. A-League on alert after fan at Newcastle game returns positive COVID test | The Guardian

Lucas Ocampos scored the lone goal late in the match after Wolves missed an early penalty. Sevilla down Wolves to set up Europa League semi against Man United | ESPN

The 2009 champions move on to semifinals. Shakhtar beat Basel, set up clash with Inter Milan in Europa League semis | ESPN

Linfield look set to become the first club to receive a Champions League bye because of the pandemic, after their Kosovan opponents Drita were put into quarantine in Switzerland. Linfield may get Champions League bye after tie called off hours before kick-off | The Guardian

Neil Lennon has strongly condemned Boli Bolingoli’s “selfish” behaviour after his trip to Spain resulted in Celtic’s next two Scottish Premiership fixtures being postponed. Boli Bolingoli criticised by Celtic manager Neil Lennon for breaking quarantine rules | Sky Sports

Players involved in the Champions League ‘final eight’ have lots of new rules to follow, including a strict hotel lockdown, no shirt swaps, and mirrors in front of toilets used for doping tests. Champions League: The rules players are following during ‘final eight’ in Lisbon | BBC Sport

The defender is confident Manchester United will not suffer from being in the bubble that constricts players to their Cologne hotel due to UEFA’s Europa League coronavirus rules. Manchester United will not suffer bubble boredom, says Victor Lindelöf | The Guardian

Agüero has all but resigned himself to missing the Champions League campaign and believes he may not play again until next season due to his knee injury. Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero admits he is unlikely to play again this season | The Guardian

The forward had already agreed to terms with Manchester United, but his current sporting director says the transfer is off. Borussia Dortmund insist Jadon Sancho will not leave this summer | The Guardian

The Spaniard has decided to join Lazio after 10 years at Manchester City, though he may yet feature for the Etihad Stadium club in the Champions League. David Silva to join Lazio on three-year deal | The Guardian

Ronaldinho illuminated football with his trademark skills and toothy grin. Now he is under house arrest in Paraguay. Ronaldinho: Brazilian star’s decline from Barcelona greatness to Paraguay prison | BBC Sport

What’s on TV?

12:00 PM: Atalanta vs. PSG (UEFA Champions League) — TUDN / UniMas

2:00 PM: Chattanooga Red Wolves vs. Union Omaha (USL League One) — ESPN+

3:00 PM: Querétaro vs. Cruz Azul (Liga MX) — TUDN / UniMas

4:00 PM: NYRB II vs. Loudon United (USL Championship) — ESPN+

4:00 PM: Charlotte Independence vs. Birmingham Legion (USL Championship) — ESPN+

4:30 PM: Atlanta United II vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL Championship) — ESPN+

5:00 PM: FC Tulsa vs. San Antonio (USL Championship) — ESPN+

5:00 PM: Louisville City vs. Sporting KC II (USL Championship) — ESPN+

5:00 PM: Juárez s. Guadalajara (Liga MX) — TUDN

5:30 PM: FC Dallas vs. Nashville SC (MLS) — ESPN+

7:00 PM: San Diego Loyal vs. Orange County SC (USL Championship) — ESPN+

7:00 PM: Pumas UNAM vs. Monterrey (Liga MX) — TUDN

7:06 PM: Tijuana vs. Atlético San Luis (Liga MX) — FS1

2:30 AM (8/13): Newcastle Jets vs. Wellington Phoenix (A-League) — ESPN+

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