1. Audi of America will make a commitment of up to $1 million to MLS academies
in 2019 as part of a new program with MLS. As part of the
Audi Goals Drive Progress, Audi will commit $5,000 for every goal scored in the MLS All-Star Game, $500 for every goal scored in the regular season, $2,000 for every goal during the MLS playoffs
(sponsored by Audi) and $10,000 for every goal scored during MLS Cup for up to a $1 million. 2. The Seattle Sounders reached
an agreement with Bournemouth
to extend the loan of Australian left back Brad Smith through the end of the 2019 MLS campaign. Smith, who has been playing on a one-year loan, ranks second on the
Sounders with five assists in 19 appearances in 2019.
3. Banc of California Stadium, home of MLS's LAFC, will host
its first college soccer games on Aug. 29 when the UCLA and USC women's teams play Florida State and Florida, respectively, in the "Battle at the Banc." All four teams are former national
champions: UCLA (2013), Florida State (2014, 2018), USC (2007, 2016) and Florida (1998). Three of the four teams should have 2019 Women’s World Cup players.