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The Daily Dirt, July 1: People Get Ready

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As we’re seeing with the start of the NBA’s free agency period and the multitude of rumors and possibilities floating around the Hawks, get ready for some conflicting rumors and overall confusion when it comes to the MLS transfer window opening next week.

There are rumors on the board about Andres Guardado and Hector Villalba. There are other player who have been mentioned in connection to Atlanta United as well. This will continue, will expand, and will become more non-sensical. Get used to it and enjoy the ride.

Get ready to see Atlanta United pop up in trade talks within the league too. New York City FC used trades in the summer of 2014 to add to their depth as they prepared for their first season. There are players within MLS who are either stuck behind someone else on the depth chart, need a change of scenery, or are just undervalued by their current club that would make for great additions in Atlanta.

The fun begins next week, get ready...


America

A MLS club offered Mario Gomez a $9M contract? (Once a Metro)

Charlotte Independence look to renovate Memorial Stadium (Crown Town Soccer)

USMNT to play Cuba in a friendly, first time in a non-competitive match since 1947 (Stars and Stripes FC)

A look at the USWNT player pool (Stars and Stripes FC)

In a step to increase the possibilities for the pool, US Soccer announced its first 25 clubs for the Girls’ Development Academy, Atlanta’s Concorde Fire is included (US Soccer)


World

Portugal advanced to the semifinals at Euro 2016, beating Poland on penalties (SB Nation)

Neymar will stay with Barcelona, he says so himself! (Barca Blaugranes)

Zlatan makes his announcement:

Time to let the world know. My next destination is @manchesterunited #iamcoming

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Atlanta

The Silverbacks fail to hold a 2-0 lead, draw 2-2 on the road with Myrtle Beach in NPSL regular season play.

The Silverbacks Women clinch the conference championship with a 3-1 win in Chattanooga.

With the Free Agency period opening up in the NBA, check out friends at Peachtree Hoops for all the latest action with the Atlanta Hawks (Peachtree Hoops)

Braves break their losing streak, beat Marlins 8-5 (Talking Chop)