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Major Link Soccer: Italy’s unbeaten run comes to end against Spain

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The Azzurri’s run ends at 37-unbeaten.

Italy vs Spain: UEFA Nations League Photo by Isabella Bonotto/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Seattle

But the highlight is likely to be “Steelheads Alley,” named for the 1946 Seattle Negro League team, and Metier Brewing, the state’s first black-owned brewery. It will be located between the year-round restaurant and event space. Seattle Mariners plan to expand game-day experience at the old Pyramid Brewing site | king5.com

Let’s talk about what the Kraken & fans of the Kraken are getting into this year. On Expectations for the Kraken and DJLR - Davy Jones Locker Room

No. 2 Washington Visits Stanford on Thursday Night - University of Washington Athletics

MLS

The USMNT’s joint all-time leading scorer had strong words about McKennie’s suspension last international window. Q&A: Landon Donovan on Weston McKennie, MLS coaching and more – The Athletic

Long regarded as one of the top front office No. 2’s in league circles, Chris Albright is getting his first crack at running point at an MLS club. New Cincinnati GM Chris Albright on why job is a "dream scenario" & head coaching search | MLSSoccer.com

Aiming to bring audiences even closer to the world’s most popular sport and fastest-growing sports league in North America, MGM Television and Major League Soccer are teaming up to produce the ultimate sports competition series, “WELCOME TO THE TEAM (w/t).” MGM Television and MLS team up for new reality competition series | MLSSoccer.com

Major League Soccer (MLS) is one of the fastest growing sports leagues in the U.S. and it’s now getting its own reality TV treatment. Mark Burnett and MGM Television have teamed up with the booming soccer league and its newest expansion team Charlotte FC for reality competition series. Major League Soccer Reality Competition Series In The Works From Mark Burnett & MGM Television – Deadline

Major League Soccer and Minnesota United FC announced Tuesday the MLS All Star Game will come to Allianz Field in 2022. Loon Landings; MLS All Star Game coming to St. Paul in 2022 - E Pluribus Loonum

NWSL

The NWSL Players Association released statement and list of demands for the league as planned demonstrations took place during matches. NWSL players pause mid-game for demonstration in wake of Paul Riley abuse allegations; NWSLPA issues demands - CBSSports.com

NWSL players staged a wave of protests across the three midweek matches that are resuming play after this past weekend’s games were postponed. NWSL players pause games in moment of ‘solidarity’ after Paul Riley allegations - The Athletic

The decision comes after Thorns players released a list of demands for the organization, including requesting Wilkinson be placed on administrative leave. Thorns GM Gavin Wilkinson on administrative leave pending investigation results - The Athletic

Thorns player release statement and Wilkinson is put on leave. Thorns players release joint statement; Wilkinson put on administrative leave from Thorns - Stumptown Footy

Good times or bad, we’re here for the players, and we’re following their lead on this,” said Jen Muller, leader of Gotham’s Cloud 9 supporters’ club. Gotham FC, Washington Spirit players protest during NWSL game as fans give strong support | Philadelphia Inquirer

North Carolina Courage ownership says they did “due diligence” in 2017 but were unaware of the gravity of the Paul Riley investigation. North Carolina Courage knew about earlier Paul Riley investigation – JWS

A fifth of UK adults have increased their following of women’s sport during the pandemic, research has found, with many citing the rise in coverage as a reason for their greater interest. ‘Not just surviving, thriving’: interest in women’s sport has risen since pandemic | Sport | The Guardian

While D.C. United’s owner have considering buying the NWSL’s Washington Spirit, several factors have hindered any potential deal. The factors complicating D.C. United’s interest in buying the Washington Spirit – The Athletic

Club retires No. 22 as part of program. Angel City FC unveil program to train players for post-playing careers - Angels on Parade

USA

After a sensational USMNT debut, Ricardo Pepi is ready to take on the world. Wherever he goes, he’ll carry his borderland hometown with him. The unstoppable dreams of USMNT prodigy Ricardo Pepi

USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter said Weston McKennie will start vs. Jamaica but must rebuild trust after he violated COVID-19 protocols last month. USMNT's Berhalter: McKennie to start World Cup qualifying match, must rebuild trust

It’s probably best to wait a few years, given that the precocious young midfielder is currently in the midst of conquering grand European stages like the Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League – already one of his national team’s most important players at just 22 years of age. "They have everything": USMNT laud Q2 Stadium, Austin home base for October qualifiers | MLSSoccer.com

It’s back to work to get 3 points. USA vs. Jamaica, 2022 World Cup qualifying: What to watch for - Stars and Stripes FC

World

The Brighton and Hove Albion player was arrested at a nightclub in the Sussex city. Brighton and Hove Albion footballer held over alleged sex assault - BBC News

Barcelona chief executive Ferran Reverter has said the club would have been dissolved in April if it was a public company amid its financial crisis. Barcelona would have been ‘dissolved’ in April if public company amid financial crisis - CEO

The striker tells of his parents’ remarkable journey, rejecting Ghana and playing a record 203 league games in a row. Iñaki Williams: ‘My parents crossed the desert barefoot to get to Spain’ | Athletic Bilbao | The Guardian

MSD Holdings says it is owed £15m by Championship side Derby County, who went into administration last month. Derby County: US investment group reveals £15m debt owed by Championship club - BBC Sport

Italy’s 37-game unbeaten run comes to an end as Spain beat them in an enthralling Nations League semi-final. Italy 1-2 Spain: La Roja end Azzurri's long unbeaten run to reach Nations League final - BBC Sport

He is already a ray of light through the storm clouds for Barcelona, now Gavi has also excelled on the international stage for his country. Gavi: Can Barcelona's shining light be the future for Spain too? - BBC Sport

A Saudi Arabian takeover of Newcastle United is close to being agreed and could be approved within 24 hours. Newcastle takeover: Saudi Arabian-backed deal is close - BBC Sport

A Brazilian footballer has been charged with attempted murder after he brutally kicked a referee in the head during a lower league game. Brazilian player charged with attempted murder after attack on referee | Soccer | The Guardian

What’s on TV?

While club matches are on a break around the globe, mostly, international matches dominate the day. There are matches starting at 4:00 AM (sorry, it is now over) through 7:00 PM tonight for World Cup Qualifiers across the federations, mostly on ESPN+ and Paramount+. Plenty of college soccer on today too on ESPN+ and the Pac-12 Network. Highlights are below:

11:45 AM - Belgium v. France - UEFA Nations League - ESPN2, TUDN, UniMas

2:30 PM - São Paulo v. Santos - Brasileirão - Pararmount+

4:00 PM - Stanford v. UW - Pac-12 Men’s Soccer - Pac-12 Network

4:30 PM - USMNT v. Jamaica - CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying - ESPN2, TUDN, Univision

5:00 PM - Tampa Bay Rowdies v. Charleston Battery - USL Championship - ESPN+

6:40 PM - Mexico v. Canada - CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying - TUDN, Univision, Paramount+

7:00 PM - Washington v. California - Pac-12 Women’s Soccer - Pac-12 Network