It's been a really cool week for women's soccer, particularly in the United States. Since you're all anxious to read Women's World Cup stuff in this space, I'm going to put another link on the top almost as important as that third star above the U.S. crest: Women will finally be admitted to FIFPro for the first time since the organization was founded 50 years ago.
When Jill Ellis was hired to the big job in 2014, there were a lot of doubters. Even four matches into this World Cup, many disagreed with Ellis' tactics and personnel decisions. Her recent success should win Ellis a little bit of leeway going forward.
With the win, the United States now ranks fourth in the world in World Cup victories with three. Hey men, you can start picking up the slack any time now.
Our old friend Jerry Brewer writes for the Washington Post now, and his latest column touches on the legacy of this United States team in the history of Women's soccer.
Meet the four types of obnoxious U.S. Soccer Fans still passed out from the unhealthy amounts of beer they ingested last night.
Things probably got a little rowdy at this Portland bar dedicated to Women's soccer, among the few such establishments in the world.
Oh, and highlights. Watch those again. It's better than E.
Continuing to be on the ball, The Bent Musket noted that all but one NWSL team have come out in support of unions like the one Abby Wambach has with her wife.
Local sports obsessors have created a new fan device which flashes more rapidly with more noise. The gadget was invented with Seahawks fans in mind, but it seems like there's another local team which could make use of such a toy. No, not the Seattle Mariners, there still isn't anything worth cheering about over there...
Speaking of the Mariners, there used to be a time where they didn't perpetually disappoint. I know, right? In the span of four years they had two different future Hall-of-Famers wear the number 51, and Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata is in a position to retire the number for the club.
Our Friendly Neighborhood Sounders PA Guy James Woollard joined the away support in Portland last week and wrote about his experiences in a fanpost.
Manchester United is spending some time in the United States this summer, including a stop in the Bay Area for a pair of friendlies. One was scheduled with Barcelona in Santa Clara's new football stadium (and another one will be here in Seattle against Club America) but another did not have a listed location until just recently; their match with the San Jose Earthquakes. Turns out demand isn't super high for that fixture, so they'll go ahead and play at the new (tiny) Avaya Stadium.
Fans in San Jose think there's a double standard between the treatment of Laura Bassett after this, in comparison to the reaction to Chris Wondolowski doing this. To which I say one's American, the other is destined to failure in North America.
The Bundesliga and the NFL have long swapped notes, and the German league looks poised to take another note from American Football with the implementation of Monday Night Football starting in the 2017-18 season.
Fiji and Micronesia were involved in the most lopsided game of soccer ever, with a final line of 38-0.
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