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Major Link Soccer: Carlo Ancelotti returns to Real Madrid

MLS adding lower division developmental league next year; working conditions still egregiously bad in Qatar.

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UEFA Champions League”Real Madrid v Bayern München”


For some American soccer clubs, designing the best jersey is its own sport—and business. The Kit-industrial Complex - Soccer Stories

The new league could benefit MLS both in its talent-development efforts and at the business level. MLS planning to launch new lower-division league in 2022 – The Athletic

NWSL / women’s soccer

The Athletic’s new full-time women’s soccer reporter will be helping offer comprehensive coverage to a dedicated, deserving audience. Steph Yang: Telling women’s soccer stories, so the next person can too – The Athletic

Latest deals and club-by-club guides for the WSL and leagues in Italy, France, Germany and Spain. Women’s transfer window summer 2021 – all deals from Europe’s top five leagues | The Guardian

Gemma Bonner explains why she hopes leaving Manchester City for Racing Louisville in the NWSL will improve her prospects with England. Gemma Bonner interview: Moving to America, fighting COVID and taking inspiration from her mum – The Athletic

World soccer

Concacaf has launched an anti-discrimination campaign that will initially focus on inviting fans to support the eradication of the offensive yelling at goalkeepers. Concacaf launches anti-discrimination campaign What’s Wrong, Is Wrong

In Canada, where athletes are pushing boundaries and creating inclusive spaces, it has never been easier to be out, proud and authentic in the field of play. ‘It’s powerful to be out’: Canadian Olympic couple reflects on LGBTQ representation in sport | CBC Sports

Ancelotti will take over at Real Madrid for a second time after being presented with an “unexpected opportunity”. Carlo Ancelotti leaves Everton for Real Madrid return - BBC Sport

Football tournament moved from Colombia and Argentina but Brazil’s president accused of mishandling Covid outbreak. ‘Shameful’: Bolsonaro denounced for hosting Copa América amid pandemic | The Guardian

Promises of better working conditions ring hollow for tens of thousands of security guards, who say they still work long hours for low pay. Migrant guards in Qatar ‘still paid under £1 an hour’ ahead of World Cup | The Guardian

Barcelona will sign Spain centre-back Eric Garcia on a contract until 2026 when his Manchester City contract expires next month. Eric Garcia: Barcelona to sign Spain centre-back from Man City - BBC Sport

AC Milan are close to agreeing a permanent deal with Chelsea for England centre-back Fikayo Tomori. Fikayo Tomori: AC Milan close to permanent deal for Chelsea defender - BBC Sport

Who knows where Harry Kane’s future lies? Sudowrite does! Harry Kane’s future, as written by an AI - Cartilage Free Captain

Scotland midfielder John Fleck has tested positive for Covid-19 at the national team’s base in Spain. Scotland: John Fleck tests positive for Covid-19 at training camp - BBC Sport

The 2018 World Cup runners-up were held to a 1-1 draw at home by an Armenia side ranked 90th in the world. Croatia 1-1 Armenia: World Cup finalists held to draw in Euro 2020 warm-up - BBC Sport

What’s on TV?

12:05 PM: France vs. Wales (men’s international friendly) — ESPN2 / TUDN

12:30 PM: Grêmio vs. Brasiliense (Copa do Brasil) — FS2

3:00 PM: Fortaleza vs. Ceará (Copa do Brasil) — FS2

4:00 PM: Indy Eleven vs. OKC Energy (USL Championship) — ESPN+

4:00 PM: NY Red Bulls II vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL Championship) — ESPN+

4:00 PM: Loudoun United vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL Championship) — ESPN+

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

5:30 PM: Corinthians vs. Atlético Goianiense (Copa do Brasil) — FS2

7:00 PM: Toronto II vs. Union Omaha (USL League One) — ESPN+

8:00 PM: Sacramento Republic vs. Oakland Roots (USL Championship) — ESPN+

2:35 AM (6/3): Adelaide United vs. Western Sydney Wanderers (A-League) — ESPN+

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