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Rio Olympics, Clint Dempsey, MLS All Star Game: Freedom Kicks for 28 July 2016

Soccer, go!

MLS All-Star week continues onward, with the game against Arsenal tonight. We will have a gamethread for your enjoyment later on, but for now savor these links as we dive into Thursday.

MLS Homegrown 0, Mexico U-20 2 | 2016 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Match Recap | Speaking of All-Star week, the MLS Homegrown game was last night. Jalen Robinson played right back and got 61 minutes as the MLSers fell to the Mexican U-20 team.

Clint Dempsey is apparently very unhappy in Seattle - Stars and Stripes FC: Clint Dempsey is in an interesting spot: unhappy in Seattle, but his production is down and his age doesn't lend itself to another big deal outside of MLS. It will be very interesting to see what he does after this season.

Hull City managerial favourite Bob Bradley - 'I'm as good as Jurgen Klopp' | Hull Daily Mail: Bob Bradley, possibly becoming the first American coach in the Premier League? I'm here for it.

Is rostering a still-recovering Megan Rapinoe a mistake or a strategy? - Stars and Stripes FC: Megan Rapinoe may not play until the end of the group stage, which begs the question of if she should have gone to Rio at all.

Many Factors Went into Zack Steffen’s Addition to Columbus Crew SC - Massive Report: A bizarre story all around, so worth the read about how a Philadelphia Union academy product ended up in Columbus, via Germany.

Nicolas Lodeiro officially joins Sounders - Sounder At Heart: This story have been going on for months, but the Sounders finally got their #10 in Nicolas Lodeiro.

MLS Moves to Open Its Ticket Markets, Unlike the Rest of Sports - Bloomberg: I don't know if giving resellers full access is a wise move, but MLS is going to find out.

That's all I've got. What's up?