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After seemingly endless rumors and speculation, it's finally official: Christian Pulisic has been sold to Premier League giants Chelsea for a whopping €64 million. This is a big day for American soccer, nearly quadrupling the €17 million for John Brooks in the summer of 2017 for the most ever paid for an American. Congratulations to him, as well as to NBC for the substantial increase in value their U.S. TV contract for the Premier League just saw.

It's early, and most of the starters weren't there, but tonight was a very promising start to Gregg Berhalter's tenure as manager of the United States. It may have been against a (really) bad opponent, but the U.S. showed a level of tactical cohesiveness that was very rare under Arena or Klinsmann in only their first try at it.

How is there soccer? Isn't it winter still?

There's pretty much always soccer going on because different leagues play on different schedules. MLS isn't in season yet, though preseason is about to start, but most European leagues outside Scandinavia run from August to May. Some do take a winter break, but those are mostly over by now. This particular soccer was what the U.S. national team calls January camp, which they run every year around this time specifically because it's during the MLS offseason.

Sunday's going to be a big day of soccer. The Women's World Cup final kicks things off at 11:00 a.m. Eastern, with the U.S. women looking to add a fourth star with a win over the Netherlands. Then at 4 p.m. Eastern we've got the Copa America final with the hosts Brazil taking on Peru, who are in the final for the first time since 1975. And to finish it off at 9 p.m. Eastern, the Gold Cup final, with CONCACAF getting the matchup it hoped for, the United States vs. Mexico, for the first time in 8 years.


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