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The first year of retirement has been an eventful one for the USWNT all-time leading scorer, but in her new memoir, she sounds like she is finally on the road to recovery. There's a huge amount of soccer on TV today.

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Seattle

The 2017 Season Ticket Member Scarf Design contest is up on SoundersFC.com, winner gets to sit pitch-side for what will hopefully be a meaningful October 12th match at home against Houston.

MLS/NWSL

Abby Wambach's struggles with substance abuse haven't exactly been a secret after her DUI arrest in Portland in April, but Wambach speaks candidly about her long battle with addiction in her book "Forward", which released today. Wambach's Facebook statement helps explain the "private terror" she went through as an athlete, and a person.

USA

The NCAA announced yesterday that they would be relocating the seven national championships that were set to be held in North Carolina for the 2016-17 season, citing "the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections."

Taking the term "soccer mom" to the next level, working mom Trish Heffelfinger has been named director of the Maryland Soccerplex, one of the region's largest youth facilities.

Atlanta United kicked off their Academy seasons in style. The road trip was not daunting.

Rapinoe (and others) are not protesting against veterans, so don't drag them into the conversation.

World

Look at this Dimitri Payet rabona assist again; this is Payet's Gucci Mane "sauce" moment.

Last week were the Hide and Seek championships, this week was the World Nomad Games, which includes 16 Central Asian events such as horseback javelin-throwing to archery and hunting.

Soccer to Watch Today:

UEFA Champions League - Group Stage

PSG vs Arsenal - 11:45am (Arsenal Player, Fox Sports 2, Fox Sports 2Go)

Basel vs Ludogorets - 11:45am (ESPN3, Fox Soccer 2Go, WatchESPN)

Dynamo Kyiv vs Napoli - 11:45am (ESPN3, Fox Soccer 2Go, WatchESPN)

Benfica vs Beşiktaş - 11:45am(ESPN3, Fox Soccer 2Go, WatchESPN)

Barcelona vs Celtic - 11:45am (Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2Go)

Manchester City vs Borussia M'gladbach- 11:45am (ESPN3, Fox Soccer 2Go, WatchESPN)

Bayern München vs Rostov - 11:45am (ESPN2, Fox Soccer 2Go, WatchESPN)

PSV vs Atlético Madrid -11:45am (ESPN Deportes, ESPN3, Fox Soccer 2Go)

CONCACAF Champions League - Group Stage

Police United vs Pachuca - 5:00pm (fuboTV, Univision Deportes)

Sporting KC vs Whitecaps - 5:00pm (Facebook)

Real Estelí vs Suchitepéquez - 7:00pm (Facebook)