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Tobin Heath and Christen Press are headed to Manchester United.

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Seattle

Shane O’Neill’s journeyman history may be helping him cope in uncertain times better than most of his teammates, suggested his club’s general manager. Seattle Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey explains why Shane O'Neill's value during a pandemic | MLSsoccer.com

It’s that time of year again. Be a part of Democracy in Sports in action. Alliance Member Scarf Design and Vote | Seattle Sounders FC

The controversial yet unparalleled Hope Solo missed National Soccer Hall of Fame induction for reasons beyond her brilliant career. Hope Solo’s response to hall of fame snub: ‘It does nothing to weaken my fight’ – The Athletic ($)

Star midfielder Jess Fishlock returns to the Wales Women squad following a lengthy injury absence for their Euro 2022 qualifier in Norway. Jess Fishlock back for Wales Women qualifier in Norway - BBC Sport

MLS

The Black Players for Change, in conjunction with Musco Lighting and the U.S Soccer Foundation, announced 12 community mini-pitches will be build over the course of the next year. Black Players for Change announce plans to build 12 mini-pitches | MLSsoccer.com

Nashville SC have acquired forward Jhonder Cadiz from SL Benfica on loan with an option to buy, the club announced Wednesday. Nashville SC acquire Venezuelan international forward Jhonder Cadiz on loan as Designated Player | MLSsoccer.com

In 2019, MLS said it would start collecting training compensation and solidarity payments, but for youth clubs outside MLS, little has changed. Why are MLS clubs getting paid for U.S. talent going to Europe, but not the youth teams that played a part in their development?

Charlie Lyon is a former Sounder who had considered retiring and becoming a logger until MLS called. FC Dallas adds MLS pool goalkeeper Charlie Lyon for two games - 3rd Degree

Big changes could be coming for the Houston Dynamo and Dash. Houston Dynamo investigating rebrand as owner Brener considers sale – The Athletic ($)

NWSL/WoSo

Two USWNT attackers will join Manchester United for the 2020-21 season. Manchester United announce Tobin Heath and Christen Press - The Busby Babe

Chicago Red Star and Japan World Cup winner Yuki Nagasato is going on loan to men’s club Hayabusa Eleven of the Kanagawa Prefecture League in Japan. Japan Women's WC winner Yuki Nagasato signs for amateur men's club | ESPN

USA/USL

Phoenix Rising FC general manager Bobby Dulle explained to media on a Zoom call Tuesday what a matchday will look like at Casino Arizona Field. What will a Phoenix Rising matchday look like at Casino Arizona Field?

Along his trailblazing path as an American manager in Europe, Jesse Marsch is hoping to prove some stereotypes wrong. Jesse Marsch: American players, coaches in Europe are working every day to prove people wrong | MLSsoccer.com

Christian Pulisic, an American star, earns a big honor at a big club. Christian Pulisic is Chelsea’s new No. 10 - Stars and Stripes FC

World

The Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder tells Sid Lowe about the murder of his grandfather, living in exile and his fear as a child. Luka Modric: ‘Things that aren’t nice happen in war but I don’t have hate’ | Luka Modric | The Guardian

For the first time in six months, Scottish football supporters will be able to attend a match on Saturday. But how will it work? How will Saturday's Scottish Premiership test events with fans work? - BBC Sport

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says it is “absolutely critical” that fans are back inside stadiums as soon as possible. Premier League chief Richard Masters says it is 'absolutely critical' fans return - BBC Sport

Newcastle United say they are “considering all relevant options” after confirming the Premier League rejected a proposed takeover. Newcastle critical of Premier League and 'considering all options' after failed takeover - BBC Sport

With Premier League teams unveiling their kits for the new season, we’ve compiled every one of them and ranked each club by their collective output. Premier League 2020-21 kit power rankings: Which club tops the style table?

Digital and cardboard fans to be replaced by real humans. Fans allowed in Old Trafford for Manchester United Premier League - The Busby Babe

Thirty percent of the stands at the Puskas Arena in Budapest will be occupied during the Supercup between Sevilla and Bayern Munich. UEFA Supercup the “pilot” for letting fans back in stadiums for the Champions League - Bavarian Football Works