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Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

He may not have received the most vocal of praise, but Stefan Frei played a good game against Colorado last Saturday. Frei was forced into eight saves, and has since been named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week. Lamar Neagle was also named.

MLS

FC Dallas and Toronto FC's game last Saturday was delayed due to rain, and the way MLS handled the whole situation was confusing and opaque.

Toronto eventually lost to Dallas, which has put Toronto's head coach, Greg Vanneyin some hot water. This is certainly not the first time Toronto's owners have put pressure on their coaching staff.

Minnesota United FC's bid to enter MLS has been officially accepted, and the ownership group behind the bid has begun to think about possible stadiums. The current idea is to build in a run-down part of town in hopes of rejuvenation.

LAFC, on the other hand, have not had much presence in the media lately. They've tried to combat this lack of news by showing pictures of fans proudly displaying LAFC scarves in famous stadiums around the world.

The Columbus Crew's owner, Anthony Precourt, came into MLS from a background in business, and is primarily here to make money. But that hasn't stopped him from letting his passion for soccer show. Precourt recently did an interview discussing how he's combining passion and business.

The Montreal Impact are in a strange position this year. The Canadian team lie in last place in the eastern conference, but are about to play in the CONCACAF Champions League final. Mount Royal Soccer says that has a lot to do with support from their owner.

Orlando City are quickly gaining a reputation of being a bit rough on the field and of not having the most polite of fans. The Mane Land questions whether that reputation is deserved.

Four professional soccer games were played in New York last week, and one reporter managed to make it to every single one of them. Dan Dickinson wrote a piece on his experience and what he learned about the Cosmos, Red Bulls, and NYCFC.

The Vancouver Whitecaps are off to a great start this season, currently lying in first place. Darren Mattocks has played a big role in the recent success. Could he finally be working toward his potential?

World

This summer's Women's World Cup just keeps getting closer. The artists for the opening ceremonies have been announced: Sarah McLahlan will be performing, as will Tegan and Sara.

Remember that time Qatar was going to build air conditioned stadiums for its 2022 Men's World Cup? And then the idea turned out to be "notoriously unsustainable?" Well the cartoonish extravagance is back, as Qatar and FIFA plan to host 12,000 fans in cruise ship hotels for the tournament.

As to the 2026 Men's World Cup, the location is still up in air. Fear not though, Pele has the solution: bring it to the US.

To many, the fact that Jurgen Klinsmann continues to call up Jordan Morris seems a bit odd. Top Drawer Soccer argues that there is no conspiracy here, Klinsmann is just trying to watch out for the USMNT's long term development.

The Premier League's television rights for the 2016-19 cycle are up for grabs, and a recent report from SportsBusiness Daily says that the major soccer networks will each be submitting individual bids. The cycle could be split up into two or three individual packages though.

What happens when your team plays poorly but you still have to make a highlight reel? The Doncaster Rovers' solution is shown here: