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Seattle

The good people at Big D Soccer enjoyed their play in the first half of their loss to the Seattle Sounders. "Then, Brad F*#king Evans happened." Evans dominated the central midfield. It lead to Dallas' demise. Big D Soccer are sad.

Sounders FC hosted a huge sports science seminar.

"It's an eclectic, good mix of people from a variety of backgrounds," Tenney said. "That's what makes this a strong event. Sport science really should be applied. In this year's seminar, the presenters are looking at how you can take the data we collect and how to best translate that into real, actionable decisions daily."

Major League Soccer

Before Chris Pratt was an action movie star he was a comedian. His latest comedic target is Steven Gerrard. He also thinks Beckham smells good.

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Atletic Bilboa defensive legend Andoni Iraola is heading to MLS. Word on the Twitters is that it isn't a DP deal.

Jermaine Jones isn't going to the Gold Cup. He also isn't going to play soccer for a while. The CB/CDM is about to get surgery.

Advice to prospective GMs & coaches of MLS teams - single-entity doesn't defend you from tampering charges. Orlando City's Adrian Heath learned that by paying a fine for claiming that Dom Dwyer really, really, really wants to wear purple.

The Eastern Conference isn't very good. The numbers show it, it's not just your gut.

recent survey of Quebecers show that they aren't very interested in the Montreal Impact.

Beckham United's stadium quest may be gaining momentum.


United States soccer

Bobby Wood, the USMNT player who scored against both Netherlands and Germany but isn't good enough for the Gold Cup, is on his way to Stuttgart.

The American U20s fell short of their goal in the U20 World Cup, but they showed plenty of promise.


Women's World Cup

Abby Wambach isn't having a good World Cup and she's laying the blame at artificial turf. Wambach is sponsored by Scott's Lawn Care.

TSN (Canada's all sports media company) has an excellent longform on the favelas that produce female soccer players.

You can find all of Sounder at Heart's Women's World Cup stories right here.


World Soccer

Neymar does circus tricks, on the field.

A couple Arsenal fans educate the world how to discuss age. Calendars are really hard.

Sepp Blatter wants takebacksies on his resignation. No, seriously. His "delayed resignation" may just be a ruse. Interpol is no longer willing to work with FIFA. Chuck Blazer's plea agreement will be unsealed.

Spend some time learning about Tehran, through the lens of soccer.