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Royal Roundup: Euro 2020 final - England vs Italy

Former Utah Royal Matheson retires, Gold Cup and Leagues Cup teams and schedule announced, Montreal withdraws from WC26 host consideration, and more.

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England will finally play in an international final match for the first time since 1966. Harry Kane puts England in the Euro 2020 with a penalty kick rebound in the first overtime period after a 1-1 draw in regulation. England will play Italy in the final on Sunday.


REAL SALT LAKE

  • [SocWire] Utah Royals U16 team have made it to the semifinal of the Girls Championship. They play Weston FC at 3 PM on July 16th to advance to the final.
  • [FIFA] / [KC] Canadian international, (and former Utah Royal) Diana Matheson has announced her retirement from playing.

MLS / USL / NWSL

  • [MLS] The investigation into the racist comments directed at Diego Chara in the Portland Timbers vs Minnesota United match have been concluded. The league was unable to confirm or deny the allegation.
  • [USSP] MLS is well-represented with players among Concacaf Gold Cup teams.
  • [MLS] 2022 expansion team Charlotte FC have hired the very experienced and well traveled Miguel Angel Ramirez as the team’s coach.
  • [MLS] The Leagues Cup participating teams and schedule has been released.

USA

  • [MLS] The Concacaf Gold Cup preliminaries are over, and the Group Stage teams are now set.
  • [USAT] The USWNT fight for equal pay has once again resurfaced in the Olympic buildup.
  • [USSOC] In the final send-off match before the Olympics the USWNT beat Mexico 4-0.
  • [FIFA] Montreal has withdrawn it’s bid to be a host city for the 2026 World Cup to be held jointly by Canada, Mexico and USA.
  • [USSOC] The USMNT opening game of the Gold Cup is July 11th at 7 PM MDT. It will be shown in FS1

INTERNATIONAL

  • [YB] Italy’s win over Spain in the Euro 2020 tournament marked the team’s 33rd game without a defeat; 27 wins and 6 draws.
  • [WAGNH] UK Government set to allow full stadium capacity on July 19th.
  • [FIFA] President Gianni Infantino called for a “healthier, less discriminatory and more competitive” football in a speech at a Concacaf meeting.
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