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1. Conmebol again rejected a U.S. Soccer proposal to organize a 16-team Americans tournament in 2020, announcing it has awarded the 2020 Copa America to Argentina and Colombia. The 2019 Copa America will take place this summer in Brazil, but Conmebol wants to shift the quadrennial tournament to even years in line with the organization of the European Championship. Conmebol is expected to expand the Copa America from 12 to 16 teams in 2020 and invite the USA and Mexico. One issue is that clubs aren't required by FIFA to release players on guest teams.

2. NBC Sports' coverage of Sunday's Arsenal-Manchester United reached 1.68 million viewers, ranking as the second most-watched live Premier League match in U.S. history behind the 2018 Manchester derby (1.72 million viewers). The viewership figures cover all platforms -- NBC, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, and Telemundo.

3. MLS's New York City FC and World Class FC will combine girls programs and compete exclusively in the ECNL in the U-12 to U-19 age groups beginning with the 2019-20 season. In 2018-19, NYCFC has three teams entered in U.S. Soccer's Development Academy for girls. The teams will train and play at the World Class FC facility in Orangeburg, New York, directly across the street from NYCFC's Etihad City Football Academy.
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