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1. Major League Soccer's technical leaders are weighing the idea removing some of the restrictions that are placed on MLS academy teams in recruiting players from territories that belong to other MLS team, reported The Athletic's Paul Tenorio. Those restrictions prevent an MLS team from signing such players to Homegrown contracts, one of the attractions of operating a Development Academy program. How the restrictions would be loosened remained to be determined and would involve several layers of approval with a recommendation from the owners' product strategy committee to the board of governors.

2. MLS has approved the sale of a sponsored sleeve patch on club uniforms, beginning with the 2020 season, in addition to a jersey sponsor on the front chest of the uniform. The sleeve patch will be available for a four-year pilot program but only to clubs that have already secured a primary jersey sponsor.

3. Players from all nine NWSL clubs -- 21 in all -- completed the first phase of their U.S. Soccer C coaching license, as part of a partnership between U.S. Soccer, the NWSL and Utah Royals, who hosted the seven-day program. Money raised by donors covered the $25,000 course fees. Additional donations helped cover some of the travel costs.
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