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The USMNT opens play against Alex Roldan’s El Salvador

Qatar v El Salvador: Quarterfinals - 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images

Seattle

Despite moments of erasure and disrespect, Quinn and Alana Smith showed that non-binary athletes belong on the Olympic stage and aren’t going anywhere. Quinn, Alana Smith represent non-binary Olympic excellence - Outsports

Tigres head north - way north - to face off against the Seattle Sounders. A look at Tigres UANL’s Leagues Cup opponent Seattle Sounders FC - FMF State Of Mind

For the Seattle Sounders, their Tuesday evening Leagues Cup showdown against Tigres UANL at Lumen Field represents a chance to hit the reset button. The Sounders enter amid their toughest run of form of the 2021 season, having gone 1W-3L-1D over their last five. Seattle Sounders view Leagues Cup, Tigres match as "measuring tool" | MLSSoccer.com

MLS

The Maine Portland. The United Soccer League, which has pledged an expansion team for Portland if a stadium is built, has had its best success with attendance in markets similar in size to Maine’s largest city. What would professional soccer in Portland look like? - Portland Press Herald

Javier Perez has been named head coach of Toronto FC for the remainder of the 2021 MLS season, the club announced Monday. Perez was serving as head coach on an interim basis following the early-season departure of Chris Armas, though the “interim” tag is now removed. Toronto FC name Javier Perez head coach for rest of 2021 MLS season | MLSSoccer.com

During Sporting Kansas City’s 0-0 draw with the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, Busio shared a short message with fans as he departs for the top flight of Italian soccer. Gianluca Busio and family bid farewell to SKC after signing with Venezia FC

USA

Gold Cup champion United States will open final-round North American qualifying for the 2022 World Cup on September 2 at El Salvador under a match schedule released on Monday. CONCACAF confirms early World Cup 2022 qualifiers schedule

Make reportedly, official as USMNT forward Josh Sargent has completed his $11-million transfer to Premier League side Norwich City, from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen. Josh Sargent: USMNT forward completes transfer to Norwich City

World

Stadium Australia, the venue for the Final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™, is set to receive a new giant video screen that will enhance the experience for fans inside the stadium. The Great Southern Screen will be the “world’s longest straight-run stadium video display” at 120m long and 10m high. Venue for FIFAWWC 2023 Final to install new giant video screen | Football Australia

A Barcelona fan has filed complaints with a French court and with the EU’s European Commission with the aim of blocking a move by Lionel Messi. Barcelona member tries to block Lionel Messi's PSG move with legal complaint

Lionel Messi might be leaving Barcelona — in the most dramatic, gut-wrenching fashion — but LaLiga still has a lot of storylines worth following. Messi has left Barcelona, but LaLiga promises drama once Real Madrid, Atletico, Sevilla begin

Just days after Barcelona announced Lionel Messi would be leaving, new signing Sergio Aguero has been ruled out of action for up to 10 weeks. Barcelona's Sergio Aguero out for up to 10 weeks in another setback to Camp Nou giants

Jack Grealish says his departure from Aston Villa for Manchester City was as emotional as Lionel Messi’s final Barcelona press conference and that he “teared up” as he left the team. Jack Grealish: Manchester City midfielder says he 'teared up' in Aston Villa exit - BBC Sport

Premier League fans will face random spot-checks of their Covid-19 status at grounds in the first few matchdays of the season, the league says. Premier League: Covid-19 status spot-checks introduced for first games of season - BBC Sport

Fans have been told they might have to show a negative test or proof of both vaccinations. Premier League to introduce random Covid checks in early part of new season | Premier League | The Guardian

Nuno Espírito Santo has raised the possibility of including Harry Kane in his Tottenham squad to face Manchester City on Sunday. Harry Kane could play for Spurs against Manchester City in opener, Nuno insists | Tottenham Hotspur | The Guardian

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3:00 PM - Universitario vs Samaritaine - CONCACAF League - FS2

5:00 PM - Sporting KC v. Club León - Leagues Cup - ESPN2, TUDN

7:00 PM - Sounders FC v. Tigres UANL - Leagues Cup - ESPN2, TUDN