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Philadelphia Union fans want to buy the club. Carli Lloyd is weird. Freddy Adu scored the saddest goal ever.

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Seattle

Here's our scouting report for the DC United match tonight - look for the battle to be in the middle of the pitch, not the wings.

S2 theme nights. Are you an avid biker? Do you own a white shirt? Enjoy these special occasions with the Sounders team that is doing a much better job of beating Portland this year.

Major League Soccer

What is Midwestia? Are they forming their own country? Do they have their own flag? No, it's the latest fan-created rivalry "cup" in MLS. Fans of FC Dallas, Sporting Kansas City and Colorado Rapids (of whom only Kansas City has a half an argument of being included in the "midwest") have developed the concept of a three way competition within MLS. They're making fun of the Cascadia Cup, and it's great.

Speaking of newfound hatred, Hudson River Blue calls on the writings of Nietzsche to inspire musings on the birth of a new rivalry. In this case, it's the budding contest between New York Red Bulls (excuse me, "Harrison Red Bulls") and New York City FC.

One Philadelphia Union fan has started a GoFundMe page to raise $400 million to buy the club from the current owners. Yes, that's when you know things are bad.

Here's a humble proposal to bridge the gap between the big and small market teams in MLS: do away with most of the roster and spending rules and let teams spread their (much higher) cap of funds across the team how they like.

Minnesota United FC is not exactly dead in the water as an expansion team, but after missing a deadline they do need to figure out a stadium situation rather quickly. There's a certain Saint Paul location that is in need of development, and may be just the centrally-located ticket the ownership group is after.

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez broke his collarbone, but he still may end up at Orlando City.

The New York Red Bulls' Chris Duvall broke his tibia in a collision during the US Open Cup match against the Cosmos, and will be out 3-4 months.

World Cup

Jill Ellis does her own thing, and it worked on Tuesday. Despite the criticism, any judgment can now come after the World Cup final.

Carli Lloyd may be infuriating to watch sometimes, but "is she worth the headaches she causes? For the United States, the answer is yes." The weirdest world-class professional athlete ever.

Can you imagine beating a team in a World Cup quarter or semifinal and then having to run into them hours later? Awkward, yeah? This is the situation in the Women's World Cup, with teams that are about to play or that have just played sharing a hotel. That's different than the men's tournament.

Robbie Rogers calls on his fellow male players to stand up for equal treatment of the women's game, particularly when it comes to playing on turf.

World

Can Freddy Adu reach a lower point than being criticised as out of shape and being kept out of the senior squad of his Finnish team by his coach, despite pressure from the folks paying his salary? It seems doubtful. But, on the other hand, he scored this nice free kick goal (his first pro goal since 2012). Sorry, Freddy.

The Mexican national team is not looking good. Injuries aren't helping El Tri, but that's not all that's going on.

Qatar is doing bad things to make a crooked World Cup happen. That sentence contained Islamophobia.

This is the story of Charles Renken, the young American player who has gone to Europe and back, is still only 21, and is working to revive his career at St. Louis FC in the USL.