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A look around the soccer world and Sporting KC to bring you the news you need to know today.

MLS: Minnesota United FC at Sporting KC Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning and happy Monday. Sporting Kansas City are top of the West. Here’s what else you need to know today.

Around the Club

  • (The Blue Testament) Fresh Sporting KC blood puts four on Loons
  • (Kansas City Star) Youngster’s first MLS goal keys united Sporting KC attack vs. Minnesota
  • (Pro Referees) Official PRO statement regarding SKC and CLB missed red card
  • (Sporting KC) Academy midfielder Cameron Duke to join U.S. U-18 MNT for training camp at Pinnacle
  • (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) STLFC ends six-game skid with 2-0 win over Swope Park Rangers

Around the World

  • (Pro Soccer USA) David Beckham has days to pay county nearly $1 million for stadium land. Will he?
  • (The Guardian) Fifa report favours North America’s 2026 World Cup bid over ‘high risk’ Morocco
  • (Yahoo) How growth spurt, unorthodox path molded Keaton Parks into USMNT’s ‘Busquets with goals’
  • (The Score) True colors: Crew’s Josh Williams does ‘not want the team to go anywhere’
  • (Steven Goff) “From FIFA’s bid evaluation report, highest-rated stadium proposals in North American package: 1. Denver 2. (tie) Miami 2. (tie) Houston 2. (tie) Santa Clara Lowest: Mexico City, LA, NY/NJ, Toronto”
  • (Dan Lauletta) NWSL is close to announcing an expanded TV rights arrangement. Looks like a few Lifetime games could shift to an ESPN network.
  • (Austin Monitor) Austin: Survey finds soccer stadium concerns; alternative development proposals on tap
  • (Stars and Stripes FC) USA v. Ireland: What we Learned
  • (The Athletic) Why the United States still struggles to produce true No. 10s
  • (ESPN FC) The New Hooligans of Russia

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