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U.S. Soccer has $100 million lying around. What should it do with it?

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USSF made a lot of money off Copa America and wants to build a national training center.

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When Traffic Sports and its partners got nailed in the FIFA scandal, the marketing rights to Copa America went back up for auction. They were awarded to Soccer United Marketing, which is the marketing arm of MLS and a partner of U.S. Soccer. Between that and the USMNT's regular share of money that it'd get from a tournament, U.S. Soccer is swimming in cash.

SI's Grant Wahl reports that USSF made $46 million off Copa America and now has a surplus of more than $100 million. U.S. Soccer isn't sure what to do with all that money, but it’s probably going to use some of it on a national training center similar to France's world renowned Clairefontaine.

But U.S. Soccer has other needs. Thankfully, it just used some of its money to more than double USWNT salaries. But it could also set up some more youth academies in places that aren't currently served by Development Academy clubs. Or it could, as Will Parchman notes, hire some people to find the best talent.

Goal of the day

Cristiano Ronaldo's second of his hat trick against Atléti. (r/soccer)

In the news

Sulley Muntari has been suspended by Serie A after he walked off the pitch in response to a referee refusing to deal with racist abuse. Some are calling for other black players to strike in solidarity. (BBC)

Roma's sporting director, Monchi, has announced that Francesco Totti is retiring and taking a front office job. (Football Italia)

Aaron Lennon is being treated for a stress-related illness in a hospital after police were called by people concerned for his well-being. (Guardian)

Manchester United's defensive crisis isn't as bad as first feared. Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, and Eric Bailly are all training. (Mirror)

David Villa has signed a contract extension. (NYCFC)

UEFA is experimenting with a new "A-B-B-A" penalty format. (ESPN FC)

You should be reading

Will Magee on fully fan-owned club, Enfield Town. (Vice)

Nebojsa Markovic on how Partizan and Red Star define all of Serbian soccer. (In Bed With Maradona)

Daniel Rossbach on the unique atmosphere at Union Berlin. (The Set Pieces)

What happened on Tuesday

Real Madrid crushed Atléti, 3-0.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the hero, scoring a hat trick. The way he keeps adapting his game is almost unfair.

What to watch on Wednesday (click for listings, all times ET)

Europa League: Ajax vs. Lyon (12:45 p.m.) — There are some future superclub stars on each of these teams.

Champions League: Monaco vs. Juventus (2:45 p.m.) — 18-year-old Mbappe vs. 39-year-old Buffon is the big storyline.

MLS: Two games (from 7:30 p.m.) — Toronto vs. Orlando is a showdown between the two hottest teams in the East. The later game isn't bad either.