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The field in Trinidad & Tobago is completely waterlogged

Panama v United States - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Seattle

The Great American Beer Festival winners have been announced and plenty of Washington beers won awards. Did your favorite Seattle beer win?

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MLS

One of soccer’s most famous players is retiring from MLS, Andrea Pirlo. The Italian has not been a top player in USA but his free kicks and hair are still envied by nearly all.

Oniel Fisher traveled to Saudi Arabia with the Jamaican National Team and got crushed 5-2. It’ll be a long flight back for the Reggae Boyz.

USA

Trinidad and Tobago is the site for the USMNT’s final Hexagonal match, but it appears the game will not be held in a stadium. They may not even play soccer at all; it appears they are setting up a regatta. The river around the field makes it look they way in any case.

The USMNT needs an energizer bunny, preferably with the drum and everything. Who should it be? If they do a volunteer call, DeAndre Yedlin will happily take that role.

Since there will be a soccer game at one point, even if it is played on a lake, what should you know about Joevin Jones’ Soca Warriors?

A lot of people act like the US Open Cup doesn’t matter, but why? Why is US Soccer not promoting one of the oldest soccer tournaments?

World

Uruguay has pretty much secured their World Cup qualification and is in a great position, flying under the radar as a top team heading to Russia.

Neymar’s transfer drama just will not go away. Barcelona wants a signing bonus back and Neymar wants a loyalty bonus (yes, laugh at the irony). The Brazilian has gone so far as to ask UEFA to knock Barca out of the Champions League for non-payment.

Players who get rejected by academies or wash out of them rarely get a comeback - most have their careers end, whatever age they are, then and there. The problem is, what is being done for the players who have their life shattered?