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Just a few links to get you even more excited for today's slate of games.

Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

S2 currently sit at second place in USL's western conference, and overall they are having a fantastic inaugural season. The team is both performing well and offering a lot of opportunities for young players to develop, especially considering they have both the Open Cup and USL play to offer players minutes. S2 play this round's Open Cup tie against RSL at 7:00 p.m., and the game will be live-streaming on soundersfc.com.

The Sounders will also be playing an Open Cup match today, kicking off against the Timbers at 7:30 p.m. (also on soundersfc.com).

Starfire Sports Complex has played a large role in the Sounders' history. Beyond serving as an intimate environment to connect with fans, the Stadium has been witness to some fantastic games, and in fact the MLS Sounders are 15-0-1 all time at the stadium. You can check out a beautiful history of the stadium here.

After the Seattle Reign came into town, the Seattle Sounders Women seemed to fall a bit out of favor. The team is still around though, and they've started their 2015 season with seven wins in seven games, a record that puts them at the top of the W-League standings.

Lookout Landing, SB Nation's Seattle Mariners blog, is undergoing a change in leadership.

MLS

After a recent visit to Sporting Kansas City's Sporting Park, one writer decided to compare the stadium to his home pitch, Dick's Sporting Goods Park. He concluded that the Colorado Rapids have a long way to go before making their field a true fortress.

FC Dallas fans are not too happy with their recent results or the way their team plays, but more than anything they're not happy with Dallas's ownership group. They took to Twitter with the hashtag #SadFCDFan.

American-born centerback Zak Whitbread recently became a free agent, and he's apparently considering a move to MLS. Whitbread has played the entirety of his professional career in England for teams such as Liverpool, Millwall, and Norwich City.

Minnesota United's entry into MLS had a lot to do with the idea that they could acquire a stadium. Now that the ownership group's is taking longer to do so than expected, the league has put a July 1st deadline on their stadium plan.

Charlie Davies has come a long way from the car accident in 2009 that very nearly ended his career. The striker has scored six goals this season, but even more than that, he feels like he's fully back.

It looks like New York City FC are not through bolstering their back line this off-season. Besides adding Athletic Bilbao defender Andoni Iraola, the team is trying to sign Man City youth player Angelino on loan.

After Orlando City FC's coach, Adrian Heath, was fined recently for tampering (by a rule MLS fans didn't even know existed) some Orlando fans have decided to join the club asking for greater transparency in the league.

The San Diego Chargers are currently seeking a new stadium (probably in San Diego), and if that happens it's possible a new MLS team could tag along.

World

The USWNT will be playing today against Nigeria (the game starts at 5:00 p.m. on Fox), and a win would mean finishing first in their group.

In a recent portrait, Jessica Houara of France's national team was shown wearing a Nike hoodie made to look like a hijab. The portrait serves as a new installment in a long-standing conversation in France about what is and what isn't okay for Muslim women to wear.

Despite Sepp Blatter's (alleged) recent comments that he will renege on his offer to resign, FIFA's head of audit and compliance, Domenico Scala, is strongly urging him to do so.

After rumors began to emerge of Kieran Trippier signing with Tottenham, it looked like DeAndre Yedlin could be out of luck with the team. Fear not though, even if Trippier is signed, it's probably just to mitigate the vast uncertainty of the Premier League season.

Jack Warner has played a huge role in the recent FIFA scandals, but apparently that wasn't enough for him. After taking an Onion article seriously a few weeks ago, the ex-FIFA official currently sits in the middle of a feud with British comedian John Oliver.

The details of Chuck Blazer's plea agreement were revealed recently. It turns out that in exchange for a lot of information, a large sum of money, and some undercover activity, Blazer was able to avoid jail time.

Handshake for Peace, a FIFA project to help broaden soccer's impact on world issues has just lost a member of its team. The Nobel Peace Centre, an organization affiliated with the Nobel Peace Prize, has pulled out of the project, likely because of the recent FIFA scandals.

While United Passions, the movie FIFA banked rolled for about $30 million, did not do well in theaters, it did receive the honor of a showing at the world-famous Cannes Film Festival. Well it turns out the movie was only shown to keep one of the film's stars, Gerard Depardieu, in the good graces of the festival's director.