•If you want evidence of MLS's growth – and growth potential – consider this: Two years ago, the league triumphantly signed its biggest broadcast deal, with ESPN, FOX and Univision paying a combined $90 million per season to show the league's games. This week, Adidas announced an extension of its deal as the league's officially licensed jersey provider, which had been worth $25 million a season. The new deal? It's $117 million per year, nearly five times more, and currently worth more than the TV contract.
•Australia's women's soccer team defeated the United States, Japan and Brazil to win the Tournament of Nations in the USA. It was perhaps the greatest-ever triumph for the Matildas, who've always been just outside the women's soccer elite. It was no small feat to defeat the USA in a road game, and it could propel the Aussies to greater heights.
•It's hard not to root for FC Cincinnati of the United Soccer League to keep its dream run going in the U.S. Open Cup. The team, which draws enormous crowds in a lower-division league, is two victories from becoming the first non-Major League Soccer team to win the cup since the Rochester Rhinos in 1999.