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The third round of the US Open Cup is done, Copa America is imminent, and Seattle finally won on the road

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Seattle

We've already published our standard array of stories covering last night's win. If you are looking for another point of view, you can check out Black and Red United.

MLS

Future MLS side Minnesota United has run into an early snag with their planned stadium.  The bill covering their tax exemption failed to pass.

US Open Cup

The third round of the US Open Cup took place yesterday.

The first notable result to sounders fans was the battle to decide the Sounders' next opponent. The Kitsap Pumas won this honor by defeating the Sacramento Republic with a score of 3-1.

The New York Cosmos took out the Jersey Express to set up a rematch with NYCFC. You may remember that the Cosmos won this match last year in penalties.

CA Open Cup (Canadian Championship)

The Ottawa Fury upset the Vancouver Whitecaps with a score of  2-0, The Whitecaps weren't eliminated in this home-and-away tournament, but they will need goals to win in the second leg.

USA

It's not news to most soccer fans that the United States' pay to play system is not ideal. But it's a drum that is worth beating and The Guardian points out how this problem contributes to a lack of diversity.

On a happier note, The rise of 17-year-old US International Christian Pulisic has been nothing short of stunning.

Copa America

We're only one day away from the start of Copa America Centenario and coverage is coming on thick.

Fist is the disappointing news that Orlando City's Kaká has been taken out of the Brazil squad at the last moment with a muscle strain.

NBC Sports has made their list of the top 25 players that will be present at the tournament.

Four Four Two has taken a look at potential break out US players that have made the Copa roster.

SI.com has published their complete bracket prediction. Spoiler Alert: they don't see the US winning it.

Other

In an odd conclusion to the kidnapping of Mexican International Alan Pulido, it turns out that it was orchestrated by his brother-in-law.