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Rose Lavelle will join the USWNT, but Mallory Pugh will not

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Good morning! What’s the difference between a hippo and a Zippo? One’s really heavy, and the other’s a little lighter. Sorry that was bad but I felt like more people than me needed to experience that. Anyways, soccer!

D.C. United unveil USL team Loudoun United FC - Black And Red United
D.C. United officially announced their long-rumored USL affiliate Loudoun United FC which will start play next year in Leesburg.

D.C. United announce the departure of Tom Hunt | Black And Red United
United’s president of business operations Tom Hunt exits D.C. to work for the Sacramento Kings.

DC United’s Wayne Rooney ready for “wild” Atlanta atmosphere, says Olsen | MLSsoccer.com
Olsen was pleased with Wayne Rooney’s performance last Saturday and said it wasn’t too taxing on Rooney physically so hopefully we’ll see more of him on Saturday.

Two D.C. United supporters’ groups will keep boycotting Audi Field | Washington Times
Here’s the latest update on where the supporters group dispute is after Saturday’s protests.

USWNT Tournament of Nations roster includes Washington Spirit’s Rose Lavelle | Black And Red United
In big news for the USWNT, Jaelene Hinkle is making a return to the national team. Hinkle had been left out of USWNT camps after turning down a call-up last year because she didn't want to wear a jersey with a rainbow number in honor of LGBT pride month.

Jaelene Hinkle got called up to the USWNT. Now what? - Stars and Stripes FC
Here's a good piece from Steph Yang about the potential ramifications of this.

Call-up of Jaelene Hinkle, who refused to wear Pride jersey, poses difficult questions in women’s soccer | Outsports
Another good one from a different angle from Katelyn Best.

Sam Kerr of the Chicago Red Stars took home an Espy:

Gov. Murphy releases statement on Sky Blue FC | NorthJersey.com
The sudden attention Sky Blue FC is under got their majority owner, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, to make a statement. Not much in the way of action here.

Miami voter referendum will decide on Beckham soccer stadium | Miami Herald
David Beckham's potential MLS stadium will be up to a public vote in November.

Stejskal: English club Bristol City make big bid for Crew SC's Zack Steffen | MLSsoccer.com
Zack Steffen could be going to Bristol City after the English club reportedly offered Columbus nearly 4 million dollars for the goalkeeper.

Okay that’s it for soccer and bad jokes!