The soccer news starts with another potential market correction from our friends at the Chinese Super League. In a follow-up to earlier reports, AP's has the Chinese Football Association joining China's government as not exactly thrilled with how the country's super league is spending money. In response, they're introducing new guidelines against "irrational investment" starting with limits on foreign players.
It's an open goal for describing the money pouring in and out of soccer as "rational", but feel free to go ahead and make the joke. China quickly became the latest outside interest to destabilize the European transfer market at the top end. That they ended up paying a few of those inflated fees is certainly cause for concern. How much concern is certainly a question for their own authorities.
Moving on, USMNT U-20 coach Tab Ramos named a 24-play squad for a week of training that began yesterday in Carson. "We are very excited to be getting closer to competing for a U-20 World Cup spot," Ramos said. "We are now working with players within our core group of 35, and I am confident that with the hard work during this camp we will be closer to achieving our goals."
MLSsoccer.com's Will Parchman grades the SuperDraft. The Washington Post's Steven Goff has college standout Ian Harkes close to signing with DC United as a Homegrown Player. The LA Times' Kevin Baxter profiles LAFC, already making sure they're in the MLS conversation a year out from their debut.
The NY Times' Rory Smith on Manchester United reasserting home field advantage. ESPN FC's Steven Kelly identifies an issue with Liverpool's title challenge. Pro Soccer Talk's Joe Prince-Wright asks if Manchester City is already out of title contention.
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