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Major Link Soccer: USWNT defeat Nigeria 2-0

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Goals at the end of each half carried the USWNT.

Nigeria v United States - 2021 WNT Summer Series Photo by John Todd/ISI Photos/Getty Images

MLS/USL

The Philadelphia Union and head coach Jim Curtin have agreed to a multiyear contract extension, the club announced Wednesday. Philadelphia Union, 2020 MLS Coach of the Year Jim Curtin agree to contract extension | MLSSoccer.com

Inter Miami striker Gonzalo Higuain has said he thought Major League Soccer would be easy enough for him to play with a “cigarette in his mouth.” Inter Miami's Higuain on MLS: 'I thought I could play with cigarette in my mouth'

NWSL

One of the club’s founding investors, Hucles Mangano is aiming to “bridge a gap between the player and the complete, whole person.” Angela Hucles Mangano takes VP role with Angel City – The Athletic

What OL is attempting in women’s soccer through their ownership of the Reign is something novel considering just how different the NWSL is from every other women’s league in the world. This Is How To Build A Super Team In The NWSL | Defector

USA

The U.S. women’s national team defeated Nigeria, 2-0 on Wednesday in the first sporting event at the new Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas in front of a capacity crowd of 20,500 fans. Christen Press and Lynn Williams scored for the United States. Press, Williams lift USWNT past Nigeria in final match before Olympic roster decisions – Equalizer Soccer

Q2 Stadium opens with a win. 2021 USWNT Friendly: USA 2-0 Nigeria - A tough but deserved result - Stars and Stripes FC

Projecting the 18-player USWNT roster for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, from Carli Lloyd to Lynn Williams, Kristie Mewis to Midge Purce. Here's who the USWNT should take to Tokyo – Just Women's Sports

The Concacaf field for World Cup qualifying is down to the last eight with Canada, Panama and El Salvador booking their spot in the final round Tuesday to join the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras and Jamaica. Concacaf World Cup qualifying 2022 schedule for Octagonal final round | MLSSoccer.com

World

Gesture will occur in the 10th minute to honour the Denmark midfielder, who wears the number 10 shirt, after he suffered a cardiac arrest in the first half of his side’s 1-0 defeat against Finland on Saturday evening. Christian Eriksen: Belgium to honour Denmark midfielder by kicking the ball out of play in Group B encounter | Football News | Sky Sports

Austria’s Marko Arnautovic is suspended by Uefa for insulting an opponent in Sunday’s Euro 2020 win over North Macedonia. Marko Arnautovic: Uefa suspend Austria forward for insulting North Macedonia player - BBC Sport

Antonio Rüdiger has denied biting Paul Pogba during France’s 1-0 Euro 2020 win over Germany after appearing to make contact with his mouth on Pogba’s back. ‘It looks unfortunate’: Rüdiger denies biting Pogba and is cleared by Uefa | Germany | The Guardian

Uefa received a report that a homophobic banner was seen among Hungarian fans during their Euro 2020 group game against Portugal. Uefa receives report on homophobic banner at Hungary v Portugal match | Hungary | The Guardian

Player’s removal of Heineken bottle comes after Cristiano Ronaldo moved bottles of Coca-Cola out of shot before speaking to cameras. Paul Pogba moves sponsor’s beer from view at Euro 2020 news conference | Euro 2020 | The Guardian

Cristiano Ronaldo’s removal of two Coca-Cola bottles at a Euro 2020 news conference coincided with a $4 billion drop in the brand’s market value. Cristiano Ronaldo snub sees Coca-Cola market value fall by $4bn

The 61-year-old Benitez won the Champions League with Liverpool, La Liga with Valencia, and won trophies at Inter Milan, Napoli, and Newcastle United. Report: Rafa Benitez "close" to taking over Everton

The Bayern Munich defender was out cold for 10 to 15 seconds after the collision. France’s Benjamin Pavard admits he was KO’d after collision with Germany’s Robin Gosens - Bavarian Football Works

Sergio Ramos is set to leave Real Madrid after the club announce a “farewell” news conference for their long-serving captain. Sergio Ramos: Spain defender set to leave Real Madrid after 16 years - BBC Sport

Russia defender Mario Fernandes was cleared of any damage to his vertebra after being taken to the hospital following a fall during a European Championship game against Finland on Wednesday. Russia player cleared of damage to vertebra at Euro 2020 | AP

France national team senior figures have told ESPN they followed the UEFA concussion protocol with regards to Benjamin Pavard’s head injury. Benjamin Pavard injury at Euro 2020: France insist they followed UEFA protocol vs. Germany - sources

What’s on TV?

6:00 AM - Ukraine v. North Macedonia - Euro 2020 - ESPN

9:00 AM - Denmark v. Belgium - Euro 2020 - ESPN

12:00 PM - Netherlands v. Austria - Euro 2020 - ESPN

12:00 PM - Ceará v. Bahia - Brasileirão - Paramount+

12:00 PM - América Mineiro vs Cuiabá - Brasileirão - Paramount+

2:00 PM - Colombia v. Venezuela - Copa America - FS1, TUDN

3:00 PM - Fluminense vs Santos - Brasileirão - Paramount+

3:00 PM - Sport Recife vs Grêmio - Brasileirão - Paramount+

3:00 PM - Atlético Goianiense vs Fortaleza - Brasileirão - Paramount+

5:00 PM - Brazil v. Peru - Copa America - FS1, TUDN