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The overwhelming whiteness of soccer in the US, and Oba Martins on the move in China.

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MLS / USL

The visit suggests that Smith is indeed seriously interested in purchasing Utah Soccer. Prospective RSL buyer? Ryan Smith of Qualtrics took tour of team facilities last week, sources say. - The Salt Lake Tribune

The club unveiled the 25-year-old as their sixth-ever DP. Atlanta United signs Marcelino Moreno from Lanús - Dirty South Soccer

And fans will be back in Atlanta United’s stadium to see him in action soon. Mercedes-Benz Stadium to host Atlanta United fans at limited capacity beginning in October - Dirty South Soccer

NWSL / women’s soccer

At war with the veterans and having no faith in the youth, there doesn’t seem to be any path forward for the France women’s national team coach. The only question is how it all comes tumbling down. France Coach Corinne Diacre Just Can’t Get Along – Lyon Offside

After an initial stint with the Boston Breakers in 2013, Howarth stayed passionate about the game for seven years, and stayed sharp in UWS. Kate Howarth returns to NWSL after seven years - All For XI

Heath said she thinks a lot of people were surprised by her decision to move to England to play for Manchester United. USWNT star Tobin Heath: I hope we can bring an American rivalry to Manchester | ESPN

New signing Tobin Heath says she wants to “wear a badge that has weight and history” and that played a part in her decision to join Manchester United. Tobin Heath: ‘Weight of Man Utd badge key to WSL move’ - BBC Sport

US soccer

We’ll be waiting a bit longer to see the USMNT back in action. USMNT October friendlies cancelled due to Covid-19 - Stars and Stripes FC

Soccer, in its purest form, is the most accessible and racially diverse team sport in the world. But American soccer is disproportionately white and upper-middle-class. Why soccer is such a white sport in the United States | Yahoo Sports

World soccer

This is one of the most bizarre soccer matches of all time. Arsenal’s 1945 friendly vs. Dynamo Moscow was so foggy nobody could see - SBNation.com

West Ham United manager David Moyes and two of the Premier League club’s players tested positive for coronavirus shortly before the club’s Carabao Cup fixture against Hull. David Moyes and two West Ham players test positive for Covid-19 - BBC Sport

Leyton Orient’s squad has a high number of positive Covid-19 tests, which forced Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie at home to Tottenham to be called off. Majority of Leyton Orient squad test positive for Covid-19 before Spurs tie | The Guardian

Sports clubs have been told not to expect fans to be able to return to watch live events in England until the end of March at the earliest. Fans may not be able to return to UK sporting events until at least end of March - BBC Sport

Without spectators for the new season, which may yet be postponed, the Dover owner says the club will be going out of business. ‘We have got a week to two weeks left’: Dover face fan-less threat to future | The Guardian

Premier League clubs are considering alternative ways of letting season ticket holders access matches not due to be broadcast live on television. Premier League clubs in talks for season ticket holders to access matches - BBC Sport

The Russian oligarch’s firms donated £74m to Elad, who are accused of trying to seize Palestinian neighbourhoods. Leaks show Chelsea owner Abramovich funded Israeli settler group | The Guardian

With the first matchday in the books, it’s safe to say that the Bundesliga’s move to ESPN+ is a massive win for everyone. ESPN is giving the Bundesliga the in-depth coverage it deserves. Bayern and the Bundesliga on ESPN: HELL JA! - Bavarian Football Works

Nomme Kalju FC had to get creative to meet homegrown player rules while dealing with absences from Covid-19. Footballer substituted after 13 seconds in Estonian Premier League | The Guardian

Obafemi Martins has joined Chinese Super League side Wuhan Zall as a free agent after his departure from rivals Shanghai Shenhua. Obafemi Martins: Wuhan Zall sign former Nigeria and Newcastle United star | Goal.com

A university in Perugia has said it followed ‘correct procedures’ after authorities announced an investigation into whether it helped the Barcelona striker Luis Suárez cheat in a language test. Italian police investigate claims Luis Suárez’s citizenship exam was rigged | The Guardian

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3:00 AM (9/24): Jiangsu Suning vs. Guangzhou Evergrande (China Super League) — ESPN+