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Tragic news as 48-year-old Dalian Atkinson died from being tasered multiple times by local police.

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Seattle

Sounders Academy Technical Director Marc Nicholls is a candidate to take the USDA's Academy Directors' Course, which educates young leaders from around the country on best practices and current trends in elite youth academies.

MLS

Chad Marshall was named to the MLS Team of the Week after his dominant performance against RSL on Sunday, despite being slightly hobbled by tightness in his right leg. Nicolas Lodeiro was *only* able to make the bench this week.

The Revolution's plans for a metro-area stadium hit their first municipal roadblock, as significant traffic improvements would be required in the targetted Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.

LAFC fans just got another reason to look forward to gameday in 2018: a smooth commute to their centrally-located stadium. LA Metro Rail opened their Expo Line extension which connects from Santa Monica to downtown LA, now including a stop at Expo Park, LAFC's future stadium.

Since Chivas USA folded in 2014, the Goat Parade hasn't had a team to cover. Good thing they've officially rebranded to cover LAFC -  welcome to Angels on Parade.

Did anyone read about the reported $200 million expansion fee MLS is charging these days and think that the current model lacks sustainability? Angels on Parade notes the boom and bust nature of American soccer expansion.

Swiss international Blerim Dzemaili has seemed likely to leave Galatasaray for a while, but reports are now suggesting that the attacking midfielder could sign a multi-year deal with Bologna FC and split his contract playing in Serie A and for the Montreal Impact (both clubs are owned by Canadian Joey Saputo.

With very different levels of hype headed into the season, both Jordan Morris and Union defender Keegan Rosenberry are enjoying Rookie of the Year-worthy campaigns.

USA

ESPN has acquired the comprehensive media rights to UEFA soccer events for the next 6 years, including Euro 2020, all UEFA national team games (including 2022 World Cup Qualifying), as well as the newly created UEFA Nations League (starting in 2018).

Saint Louis FC has parted ways with head coach Dale Schilly after his 10th-place team lost 4-3 over the weekend to Sacremento Republic; assistant coach Tim Leonard has been named interim head coach.

Check out Stars and Stripes FC's USMNT-centric recap of the week in MLS.

Olympics

Finally, a positive story about sports fans from the Olympics - tweeting Christian Press pictures of their dogs (Press loves dogs) with #DogsForChristian to support the player following her heartbreaking miss in PKs against Sweden.

World

Former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson was pronounced dead last night after the 48-year-old was tasered by police in Telford, not an hour from Villa Park. This story is still developing, as eyewitnesses give differing accounts from the police and none of the officers involved were wearing bodycams.

10 arrests have been made in Wales on allegations of match fixing in the Welsh Premier League.

Soccer to Watch Today:

Olympic Women's Semifinal - Brazil vs Sweden - 9:00am (NBCSN, Telemundo, NBC Sports Live)

UEFA Champions League - København vs APOEL - 11:45am (ESPN3, Fox Soccer 2Go)

UEFA Champions League - Dinamo Zagreb vs Salzburg - 11:45am (ESPN3, Fox Soccer 2Go)

UEFA Champions League - Steaua Bucureşti vs Manchester City - 11:45am (Fox Sports 1, Fox Soccer 2Go)

UEFA Champions League - Ajax vs Rostov - 11:45am (Fox Sports Plus, Fox Soccer 2Go)

UEFA Champions League - Young Boys vs Borussia M'gladbach - 11:45am (ESPN3, ESPN Deportes, Fox Sports 2)

Olympic Women's Semifinal - Canada vs Germany - 12:00pm (NBCSN, NBC Sports Live)

CCL Group Stage - Central vs Sporting KC - 5:00pm (fuboTV, Univision Deportes)

CCL Group Stage - Alianza vs New York Red Bulls - 7:00pm (FOX Play Latin America)