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Portugal v United States - USWNT Victory Tour

Premier League/WSL/England

Caroline Weir fires Manchester City to opening-day win over United in WSL | Football | The Guardian
City won a narrow victory over rivals United in the first Women’s Super League Manchester derby.

Phil Neville must understand that actions speak louder than words | Barry Glendenning | Football | The Guardian
The England Women’s manager has done a reasonable job, but has yet to live up to the high standards he has set himself.

Nketiah on why he ignored Emery and opted for Leeds move - Football365
The striker has revealed he ignored Emery’s pleas to stay at Arsenal this season in favour of a move to Leeds.

Aston Villa: Premier League to scrutinise Villa Park sale - BBC Sport
The Premier League will assess whether the sale of Villa Park to Aston Villa’s owners breached financial fair play rules.

Leicester’s early-season form makes them good value for the top six | Paul Wilson | Football | The Guardian
Playing once a week with no European distractions and an in-form Jamie Vardy could help Brendan Rodgers stay at the top.

Huddersfield fined £50,000 by FA for kit sponsorship stunt | Football | The Guardian
Huddersfield admitted a charge relating to the Football Association’s kit and advertising regulations

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: ‘Pub visit reminded me what England means to fans’ | Football | The Guardian
After watching the World Cup in Shoreditch among fans, the Liverpool midfielder is now ready to play his part for England.

Chelsea and France’s Giroud open to MLS move down the road
The striker revealed he is keen to play in MLS before the end of his career.

Europe

Harry Kane hits hat-trick in England’s demolition of blundering Bulgaria | Football | The Guardian
England coasted to a 4-0 win over a Bulgaria side that gave away two penalties.

Inter’s Romelu Lukaku is the latest victim of ultras’ warped loyalty | Nicky Bandini | Football | The Guardian
A group of Inter supporters defending the abuse of their own player was the latest sign that ultras have more loyalty to one another than to their clubs.

Euro 2020 roundup: France find it easy after Albania anthem embarrassment | Football | The Guardian
A 4-1 win for the world champions, while Portugal got their campaign on track with a 4-2 win in Serbia.

Euro 2020 qualifiers: Joachim Low demands Germany reaction in Belfast after Dutch defeat - BBC Sport
Germany boss Joachim Low says his side must win in Northern Ireland on Monday after their home defeat by the Netherlands.

Gareth Bale: ‘Critics do not know what they are talking about’ - BBC Sport
The forward insists he has not been affected by a summer when he almost left Real for China

Neymar: Barcelona will not sign Brazil forward in January - Josep Maria Bartomeu - BBC Sport
Barcelona will not make a move in January, according to the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Eight Czech fans arrested over plans to fly drone at Kosovo Euro 2020 qualifier | Football | The Guardian
Eight Czech football supporters have been arrested over plans to fly a drone with a pro-Serbia banner at the game in Pristina.

MLS/Americas

Mexico beats USMNT 3-0 at MetLife Stadium for back-to-back wins | Pro Soccer USA
Mexico wins comfortably over the US men’s national team.

On the hunt for Diego Maradona in Mexico: a thrilling journey to the other side of the world | FourFourTwo
FFT travels deep into drug cartel country to find a man loving life managing second-tier Dorados de Sinaloa.

U.S. Soccer CEO likely to be hired in next few months, per board | Pro Soccer USA
The U.S. Soccer Federation’s latest board meeting, held Saturday afternoon, didn’t produce the dramatic headlines some outsiders had hoped.

Allegation of racist abuse investigated after Utah Royals’ win over Portland Thorns | Pro Soccer USA
The worst part is the people in the stands who refused to identify the person shouting the abuse when security asked them to.

Players want Vlatko for USWNT head coach - Once A Metro
Multiple national teamers have voiced support for Andonovski.

MLS needs to start respecting FIFA windows, for the sake of the USMNT
Gregg Berhalter deserves every right to have the players he wants in camp.

The NWSL is so much more than attendance numbers and the fight for survival – The Athletic ($)
The limited scope of storytelling about the NWSL is doing the league a disservice.

Doubts about MLS players’ ability to strike in upcoming CBA talks – The Athletic ($)
Much has changed since the last MLS CBA was agreed in 2015, but the power dynamics remain mostly the same between owners and players.