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French top tier contracts; Jermaine Jones dreams of coaching in MLS.

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SOCCER: JUN 03 Concacaf Nations League Semfinal - Honduras v USA Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Puget Sound

Sounders Academy graduate is making a homecoming to continue his collegiate career. Hankins Transfers Home to Bakersfield, CSUB - California State University at Bakersfield Athletics

OL Reign will travel to Red Bull Arena and Gotham FC on Saturday hoping to shrug off a disappointing week three defeat to Washington Spirit. OL Reign Travel to New Jersey Looking to Bounce Back From Washington Defeat | Venus Sports

All vaccine incentive prizes will be drawn from the DOH immunization database to determine winners. The only action that Washingtonians need to take to win any of the prizes is to get vaccinated. All individuals who have been previously vaccinated are eligible. Inslee announces vaccination incentives | by WA Governor’s Office | Washington State Governor’s Office

COVID-19 vaccine distribution update from the Washington State Department of Health > Washington State Department of Health

Liberty Orchards recently announced it would need to cease operations in June, but the company says it is negotiating with a buyer to keep operations going. Washington Company That Makes Aplets and Cotlets Candies Finds Buyer - Eater Seattle

MLS / USL

The 22-year old Nigerian will be joining the USL Championship side through the end of the 2021 USL Championship season. Whitecaps FC loan forward David Egbo to Phoenix Rising FC | Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Union Omaha defender Abdul Osumanu has been indicted on federal charges related to a pair of internet romance scams. Union Omaha’s Abdul Osumanu alleged to have defrauded two women of $200K in online romance schemes

NWSL / women’s sport

Orlando are unquestionably better than they were in 2019. But just how good are they? Unfortunately, the numbers suggest the hot start probably isn’t sustainable. Are the Orlando Pride for real?

The Pride have fielded the exact same front four in each game, but they do not have an obvious offensive identity. And yet, after four matches, they are top of the table with 10 points. Diverse attacking options are driving the Orlando Pride’s renaissance – Equalizer Soccer

Monaghan would miss the cut, or make a youth team for a short time before being dropped by the club later on. As a late bloomer, she didn’t draw a lot of initial interest from traditional college powerhouses. Level up: Paige Monaghan is on an upward trajectory with Gotham FC – Equalizer Soccer

The tennis star’s fight with the French Open is a disagreement over who should make the rules—and how much power athletes have to protect themselves. Why Naomi Osaka Fought the French Open - The Atlantic

US soccer

There are lots of ways to describe this game, but it was a win and that’s really what matters. Concacaf Nations League Semi-Final: USA 1-0 Honduras - A late goal sends the Americans to the final - Stars and Stripes FC

Will Mexico fans chant a gay slur at players representing the USA on American soil? If so, drastic measures should be taken. Mexico faces USA on Sunday. Will gay slurs from fans mar the match? - Outsports

The hard-tackling, no-filter former US men’s national team star is putting the same determination he showcased over a near-20-year playing career toward trying to make an impact. Ex-USMNT star Jermaine Jones takes next step on coaching journey, with MLS in his sights | MLSSoccer.com

World soccer

The French top tier had been expanded to 20 teams in 2002/03 season. Four teams will be relegated while only two will go up for next season. Ligue 1: French top tier reduced to 18 teams from 2023/24 season | Sky Sports

Irish FA President David Martin believes the Uefa Super Cup will be one of the biggest matches played in Northern Ireland in recent history. Uefa Super Cup: Irish FA President David Martin hopes a ‘big, big crowd’ can attend Chelsea v Villarreal game at Windsor Park - BBC Sport

Anthony Burke was seen on TV making a monkey gesture at Manchester United players during the match. Manchester City fan fined for racially abusing United players - BBC News

The Dutchman continues. Laporta confirms Ronald Koeman will stay on as Barcelona coach - Barca Blaugranes

National team lost 10-0 in Japan after mainstays including an experienced goalkeeper refused the head coach’s call. Myanmar’s football in crisis as pull-outs and suspension threat follow coup | The Guardian

Lionel Scaloni’s side have made a good start to their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign, but what should we expect of Messi & Co heading to Qatar? 2022 World Cup CONMEBOL Qualifiers: Argentina Team Guide and Preview

“We asked our athletes to focus only on the match against Ecuador,” Tite said on Thursday. “We have a priority now, to play well and beat Ecuador.” Brazil players debate whether or not to play Copa America

The deal includes AFC Men’s World Cup Qualifiers, AFC Champions League, AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023. CBS SPORTS ACQUIRES EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO ASIAN FOOTBALL CONFEDERATION (AFC) COMPETITIONS | ViacomCBS Press Express

What’s on TV?

9:00 AM: Malta vs. Kosovo (men’s international friendly) — ESPN+

9:00 AM: Latvia vs. Lithuania (men’s international friendly) — ESPN+

9:00 AM: North Macedonia vs. Kazakhstan (men’s international friendly) — ESPN+

10:30 AM: Spain vs. Portugal (men’s international friendly) — ESPN / TUDN

11:00 AM: Hungary vs. Cyprus (men’s international friendly) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Slovenia vs. Gibraltar (men’s international friendly) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: Faroe Islands vs. Iceland (men’s international friendly) — ESPN+

11:45 AM: PSG vs. Dijon (D1 Feminine) — ATA Football

11:45 AM: Olympique Lyonnais vs. Fleury 91 (D1 Feminine) — ESPN+

4:00 PM: Charleston Battery vs. LA Galaxy II (USL Championship) — ESPN+

7:00 PM: Real Monarchs vs. New Mexico United (USL Championship) — ESPN+

10:05 PM: Brisbane Roar vs. Sydney FC (A-League) — ESPN+