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The Barca captain’s deal expired at midnight last night (Spain time).

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MLS

The Secondary Transfer Window opens next week (July 7). It was only a five week break between the Primary and Secondary windows, and as always, the work never stops at all clubs. One roster need for every MLS club during the Secondary Transfer Window | MLSSoccer.com

Welcome back to the MVP Power Rankings which, again, are somehow even more subjective than the actual Power Rankings. Truly a sports blogging miracle. MLS MVP Power Rankings: Check out the frontrunners as the 2021 season heats up | MLSSoccer.com

NWSL

No more placeholders for the 2022 NWSL expansion side. Here is the permanent Angel City FC crest - Angels on Parade

Angel City’s new crest will stand out in the NWSL and continues to set the tone for what the new club aims to be. Angel City unveil crest and colors: The meaning and ambition behind the design – The Athletic

U.S. District Judge Karin J. Immergut, during a phone conference Tuesday morning, initially kept nudging the league to get the contract signed before day’s end but then she issued the deadline for the contract to be completed and signed. The league’s lawyer said he didn’t think the judge had the power to order such a deadline. The judge disagreed. Judge gives National Women’s Soccer League a deadline to sign contract allowing 15-year-old Olivia Moultrie to play in next Thorns game - oregonlive.com

Portland Thorns FC have signed midfielder Olivia Moultrie to a three-year contract with an option, it was announced today. Portland acquired the rights to Moultrie from OL Reign, who held her rights as the first team on the NWSL Discovery Priority list, in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2022 NWSL Draft. Thorns FC sign midfielder Olivia Moultrie | Portland Timbers

Earlier this month, The Athletic reported Moultrie was signing a contract with the NWSL after the Thorns acquired her rights from the OL Reign in a trade. Moultrie was traded for a third-round draft pick after she was claimed in the discovery process by the Reign. Teen phenom Olivia Moultrie signs three-year contract with Portland Thorns - The Athletic

After being drafted, the rookie forward elected to play the spring season at Southern California before reporting to Washington for the NWSL campaign. Tara McKeown makes swift transition from USC to Washington Spirit - The Washington Post

The NWSL is about to look very different without its Tokyo-bound stars. Which teams are best equipped to come out on top? Re-seeding the NWSL during the Olympic period – Just Women's Sports

USA

A quick change of policy, thankfully. Tokyo Olympic organizers, citing strict COVID-19 countermeasures that bar family members, had previously denied requests from moms who wanted to bring their nursing kids to the Games. Olympics 2021: Tokyo organizers say breastfeeding athletes can bring children

The USWNT is set to play Mexico in Olympic tune up. USWNT vs. Mexico: Live stream, TV channel, how to watch online, news, time for international friendly - CBSSports.com

Olympic soccer rosters will be expanded from 18 players to 22 for the Tokyo Olympics, a person with knowledge of the change told The Associated Press on Wednesday. IOC to expand soccer rosters to 22 for Olympics | AP

The NCAA’s board of directors has suspended the organization’s rules prohibiting athletes from selling the rights to their names, images and likenesses. NCAA clears student-athletes to pursue name, image and likeness deals

Forward Ayo Akinola has switched his affiliation from the United States to Canada and could debut for his new nation in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Toronto FC's Ayo Akinola switches allegiance from United States to Canada

Befitting a broad label, Asian and Pacific Islander players have had an array of experiences within the world of U.S. women’s soccer. API players in U.S. soccer reflect on identity and belonging – The Athletic

Marseille have completed the signing of United States winger Konrad de la Fuente from Barcelona. Marseille sign United States teenager Konrad De La Fuente from Barcelona

Kearny Scots are based in a New Jersey town that has bred some of the finest players in US history. Now they’re looking to the future. A Scottish-American team helped build football in the US. Now they’re going pro | Soccer | The Guardian

World

The captain’s current deal expired last night. Laporta calls for calm over Messi contract extension at Barcelona - Barca Blaugranes

A new streaming giant enters women’s football through the UEFA Women’s Champions League. DAZN and YouTube partner up to exclusively broadcast the UWCL for the next four seasons - All For XI

The global sports streaming service will also air the 2021-22 and 2022-23 tournaments for free on their official YouTube channel. DAZN confirm four-year deal for worldwide UEFA Women’s Champions League rights | DAZN News US

Everton appoint former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor. Everton appoint Rafael Benitez as manager - BBC Sport

Just in time for preseason! Tottenham to announce Espirito Santo appointment before the end of the week after positive talks - Cartilage Free Captain

Juventus expect to lose €320m (£275m) because of the coronavirus pandemic and are planning to raise €400m (£343.25m) by selling shares. Juventus face £275m losses due to Covid-19 and are to sell shares to raise cash - BBC Sport

Jadon Sancho is set to finally join Manchester United after a transfer fee of £78m was agreed with Borussia Dortmund. Jadon Sancho set to join Manchester United after £78m deal agreed | Manchester United | The Guardian

Officials are letting the game flow with the number of fouls down compared with Euro 2016 and VAR is running smoothly. Refereeing and VAR among the unlikely highlights of Euro 2020 | Euro 2020 | The Guardian

FA says it can’t sell tickets domestically for Saturday owing to Italy’s five-day quarantine period. England fans in UK can’t go to Rome for Euros quarter-final due to Covid rules | England | The Guardian

As Euro 2020 reaches the quarterfinals, our writers give us their highlights from a thrilling round of 16, rate the coaches and predict the final.Euro 2020 talking points: England-Belgium final? Highlights of an epic round of 16? What’s with all the own goals?

France international Adrien Rabiot’s mother had words with Kylian Mbappe’s father in the stands during a France loss, sources told ESPN. France loss to Switzerland sees spat between Adrien Rabiot’s mom, Kylian Mbappe’s dad - sources

By collaborating on data within the women’s game, Manchester City Women hope to gain insights into player performance in the long term. How Manchester City Women are tackling gender data gap to improve performance – The Athletic

The woman who allegedly held out a banner causing the crash of dozens of cyclists during the first stage of the Tour de France last Saturday has been identified and is undergoing police questioning, the Brest prosecutor’s office told CNN.Tour de France crash: Woman who allegedly caused crash arrested - CNN

What’s on TV?

12:00 PM - RB Bragantino vs Ceará - Brasileirão - Paramount+

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

4:00 PM - USWNT v. Mexico - Friendly - FS1, TUDN, UniMas

4:00 PM - Cuiabá vs Flamengo - Brasileirão - Paramount+

6:00 PM - Colorado Springs v. Orange County SC - USL Championship - ESPN+

6:30 PM - Austin FC v. Portland Timbers - MLS - FS1