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Major Link Soccer: Sigi leaves Sounders with Coaching spirit intact

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As he returns to Southern California, Sigi's fire to get back on the sideline is still burning strong.

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle:

In case you haven't read it yet, Scott French's exclusive interview with Sigi Schmid following his departure from the Sounders gives some valuable insight to the mindset of the longtime coach, including that he is still itching to be on the sideline. Sounder at Heart broke down his comments as well.

A reminder from the Sounder at Heart community that even in times of trouble, passion remains at a premium among Seattle soccer fans.

Megan Rapinoe wrote a powerful letter to her thirteen-year old self this week, leading up to the USWNT's Olympics campaign.

Dave Clark previewed Sunday's match in Orlando City on the Mane Land's "Pawedcast".

MLS/NWSL:

After much work in getting their infrastructure off the ground, Atlanta United have named a coaching staff for their Academy Team.

LGBT Fans have found a welcoming community in the NWSL, and have embraced the welcoming supporter culture fully, with many attributing this positivity from both visibility in the stands and in the niche nature of the league.

United States:

Following Hertha Berlin's elimination from the Europa League, there is some speculation that USMNT defender John Brooks could be on his way to a new club, and presumably would have many suitors in Europe.'

The CEO of U.S. Youth Soccer sat down for a Q&A following the National Championship Series, and he liked what he saw.

The World:

The Final Three for the best player of UEFA all play in Madrid, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann rounding out the short list.

Nearly half of Nigeria's 60 U-17 players (including their complete first team) failed to qualify to represent their team. The prerequisite failed? Being over 17.