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And there it is:

The NWSL will be the first American professional sports league to return when they begin competitive matches at the end of June.

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Some interesting details – and some tough unanswered questions – on NWSL’s possible return to the field in July. The argument that the league’s smaller size and more modest attendances can help them pull this off is a compelling one.

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Stoppage Time 11/2/19

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Sergiño Dest has chosen to play for USA over Netherlands:

In recent weeks, both Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman and US counterpart Gregg Berhalter had spoken to Dest in an attempt to persuade him.

“Of course, it was a tough decision for me when the Dutch men’s national team showed their interest, but I have built up a very good feeling with Team USA over

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Stoppage Time 10/26/19

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The MLS team on the other end of US 290 has a new coach: Tab Ramos is taking over in Houston:

Ramos, 53, joins the Dynamo after serving as the head coach of the United States Under-20 National Team since 2011 and as the U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director since 2013. During that time, he led the U-20s to the FIFA U-20 World Cup

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Stoppage Time 10/19/19

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It was a bad night for the reputation of Bulgarian fans, as their racist abuse of England’s black players nearly caused their European qualifying match to be abandoned. That the Bulgaria team leadership are turning a blind eye to it, makes it all the worse:

The statement from Bulgaria’s manager, Krasimir Balakov, that he had not noticed anything, that he just wanted to talk about

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Stoppage Time 10/12/19

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Farewell to DaMarcus Beasley: a US star with no interest in the limelight. DMB is such a good guy; looking forward to see what else he’ll do to grow the game in the US.

Tim Howard is coming to Austin:

The former Blues goalkeeper will be making a first appearance in his new role [as the Club’s first International Ambassador in the US]

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Stoppage Time 10/5/19

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Christian Pulisic’s Chelsea season is hitting a rough patch

Pulisic has gone five matches out of Chelsea’s past six matches without seeing a single minute of playing time, with the lone exception being a Carabao Cup start against Grimsby Town.

Maybe some time with the US team the next couple of weeks will improve his fortunes.

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Stoppage Time 9/28/19

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Local leaders, SXSW, ACL Fest join in opposition to Proposition A – A pretty top-tier list of local organizations that think this is a Bad Idea.

[Prop A supporter Francoise] Luca added that she still has hope that Proposition A could challenge the McKalla Place stadium deal and Austin FC. In a statement to KXAN on Aug. 27, Two Oaks Ventures, which owns Austin FC,

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Road Report: North Carolina Courage at Houston Dash

On Saturday Chris G. road-tripped to Houston to watch the North Carolina Courage take on the Houston Dash in a regular-season NWSL match.

I try to get over to Houston at least once a year to catch an NWSL game, though I missed last season, with Hurricane Harvey screwing up the last few games of their schedule (among many more serious effects, of course).

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