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SOCCER: AUG 11 NWSL - NC Courage at Portland Thorns FC

Premier League/England

Manchester City fined by Fifa over recruitment of players under 18 | The Guardian
Manchester City have been fined by Fifa more than £310,000 over their recruitment of players under 18.

Frank Lampard hoping Chelsea can spoil Liverpool’s Super Cup party | Andy Hunter | Football | The Guardian
Chelsea manager’s rollercoaster start continues in city where Liverpool enjoyed their greatest Champions League win.

Summer transfer window: Who carried out the best business? - BBC Sport
This. Is. Not. What. Moneyball. Is. Stop. Misusing. That. Term.

Accidental history: The phone call that took Cantona to United - Football365
It changed Manchester United. It changed Leeds United. But did it also change the trajectory of English football?

’Out of order’ Merson to apologise to Man Utd defender - Football365
Poor wee Harry Maguire probably hasn’t slept after Paul Merson’s criticism on Saturday.

Bury owner Steve Dale to consider offer for crisis-hit League One club - BBC Sport
Bury owner Steve Dale says he would consider selling the financially embattled League One club after staff ‘implore’ him to accept a new offer.

Hungry Wolves can beat down top-six door but Europe may hold them back | Barry Glendenning | Football | The Guardian
Wolves will do well to maintain last season’s form given the added burden of the Europa League.

Europe

Neil Lennon laments waste as Celtic crash out of Champions League to Cluj | Football | The Guardian
Celtic are out of the Champions League. Already.

MLS/Americas

Portland set a new NWSL attendance record—but this isn’t just their moment – Equalizer Soccer
this was the best-attended National Women’s Soccer League game ever, but it’s not just about the Thorns.

Warshaw: Player development and what the next era of MLS looks like | MLSsoccer.com
When it comes to players: don’t just grow; transfer.

Seattle Sounders: Russell Wilson, Ciara and Macklemore join ownership - BBC Sport
Joe Roth is out, a bunch of Seattleites are in. Macklemore is now an MLS owner.

Atlanta coach De Boer -- Equal pay ‘ridiculous’ | ESPN
hoo boy.

Rest of the World

Russian referee insulted over stadium PA system – ProSoccerTalk
Public address system used to insult the referee during a game - not for the first time.

Other

Now Playing Everywhere: Soccer Nostalgia - The New York Times
From Arsenal’s jerseys to a trio of recent films, a reverence for the late 1980s and early 1990s is on full display in the modern game.