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There were a few upsets last night, and we’ll find out Seattle’s next opponent today

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Seattle

A Seattle Sounders season ticket holder gave his story from an Allsvenskan Derby. It sounds like it was a blast, and we’d love to hear more stories like it!

Seattle Reign FC’s Megan Rapinoe is currently tied for second in the NWSL’s Golden Boot Race.

Her teammate, Naho Kawasumi, currently leads the league is assists, and some of them are shown in this Best of Assists video put together by the league.

MLS

It’s only fitting that, with the Sounders playing at Yankee Stadium this Saturday against New York City FC, we share this article talking about how playing soccer at Yankee Stadium is a disgrace.

LAFC will become MLS’ 23rd franchise next year. Take a look at how LAFC is uniting the disenfranchised masses.

ESPN recognized both Orlando City SC and New York City FC in the third annual Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards.

The StubHub Center is undergoing some renovations in preparation for being the temporary home of the Los Angeles Chargers.

US Open Cup

Despite the MLS side running out a near first-team starting lineup, USL side FC Cincinnati was able to knock off Columbus Crew SC 1-0 in front of 30,160 fans.

Miami FC pulled off the second upset of the day when they knocked off Orlando City SC 3-1 behind a hat-trick from Stefano Pinho.

The New England Revolution had no trouble getting past the Rochester Rhinos in their games. It all came apart for the Rhinos in the 40th minute after Joseph Farrell was sent off for a second yellow, and the Revs won 3-0.

The Philadelphia Union also had no issues in their Open Cup match against the Harrisburg City Islanders, winning 3-1. The Union scored two first half goals and put it away early in the second half.

There was a New York Derby in this round of the Open Cup. New York Red Bulls and New York City FC fought it out, with the Energy Drinks coming out on top 1-0 thanks to a goal from Daniel Royer in the 67th minute.

A game that looked liked it was heading to extra time surprised everyone by ending on an own goal in regular time. FC Dallas squeaked by Tulsa Roughnecks FC 2-1 on Modou Jadama’s own-goal in second half stoppage time.

For the second time in 11 days, Sporting Kansas City got the best of Minnesota United FC. Sporting’s 4-0 win sees them advancing to the final 16 of the the Open Cup. That’s seven goals Minnesota has conceded to Sporting this month.

The Chicago Fire advanced after defeating Saint Louis FC 1-0. Their lone goal of the game from Luis Solignac’s wondergoal in the 28th minute.

After an 88 minute rain delay, the Houston Dynamo were able to knock off North Carolina FC in extra time. It was the first time that Houston has won a game on the road this season.

Despite falling behind twice in the first half to Charleston Battery, Atlanta United picked up their first Open Cup win in their first game.

The LA Galaxy made short work of Orange County SC, winning 3-1 to advance.

The San Jose Earthquakes had no problem in their game against the San Francisco Deltas. Two goals in the first six minutes was all they needed.

Real Salt Lake was the third MLS team to get knocked out of the tournament by a team from a lower league. Sacramento Republic FC dominated the entire match and won easily, 4-1. They took a 3-1 lead to the locker room after the first half.

The Sounders will face either the Galaxy, Earthquakes or Sacramento in today's draw, schedule for 8am PST/11am EST.

USA

The numbers are in. The US-Mexico game on FS1 this past weekend drew the biggest audience for such a game in the network’s history.

Bruce Arena confirmed that Christian Pulisic is unlikely to play for the USMNT in 2017 Gold Cup.

For weeks now there has been a lot of will-he-or-will-he-not when it comes to FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez. It sounds like he is still undecided about playing with Mexico or USA.

There were roughly 224 soccer matches on TV last month. Liga MX and the Mexican National Team dominated the ratings in the US.

It’s no secret that the US Women’s national team players get paid far less than their male counterparts. The same goes for the coaches as well. Jill Ellis’ bonus for winning women’s World Cup was $90K. Jurgen Klinnsman’s earned $500k for making it to the second round.

The FIFA international break was costly for NWSL. Three NWSL teams say their star players return injured.

The Houston Dash’s Melissa Henderson announced her retirement from soccer on Wednesday.

World

FIFA will allow referees to suspend matches due to racism at the upcoming Confederations Cup. Whether anyone takes them up on it is a different matter entirely.

Canada, ranked 109th in the world, beat Curaçao, ranked 70th, and the media is unimpressed, according to our friends at eightysixforever.

Speaking of Canada, the Canadian Soccer Association wants four cities to host 2026 World Cup matches.

We are one year away from the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Take a look at all the countries that have qualified so far.

Despite finishing in eighth place in the Premier League standings this past season, Southampton sacked Claude Puel after one season.

After fracturing his skull in a clash of heads with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill, Hull City’s Ryan Mason is recovered and training again.

AS Monaco striker Kylian Mbappé is assessing options as Real Madrid and other clubs continue to chase his services.

Take a look at next season’s must-see Premier League fixtures, according to NBC Sports. The start of the season is less than two months away.

In an attempt to highlight inequality, two womens teams in Africa will be playing a game at 18,779 ft on Africa’s highest peak.