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As he reaches the precipice of greatness, Clint Dempsey is focusing on the journey, not the destination.

Honduras v United States - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Seattle:

In a next-level Sunday afternoon news dump, the Seattle Partners (AEG) announced that they have pulled out of their Key Arena remodel plans.

Djimi Traore has a breadth of experience in big moments on the largest stages in soccer, dating back to the incredible comeback his Liverpool side undertook during the 2005 Champions League Final.

One Sounder at Heart reader looks into the stylistic change the Sounders have made to their play over the past couple of seasons, and how that has impacted the teams “watchability” factor.

Kids between the ages of 9-15 can head to CenturyLink Field on June 10 for an audition to compete in Nickelodeon’s $50,000 Crossbar challenge at this year’s Kids Choice Awards.

Oregon vegan burger shop Next Level Burgers is moving up north, taking up shop in the Roosevelt Whole Foods.

Lane United FC pulled away from the Sounders U-23 team over the weekend, winning 4-1 and tightening the race for the top of the PDL’s Northwest division.

Major League Soccer:

Second year Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott made sure Lamar Hunt’s statue was warm over the weekend, serving as the honorary scarfer for FC’s Dallas most recent home game.

MLS has been very supportive of San Diego’s prospective expansion bid, but that could all come crashing down depending on upcoming vote for the the SoccerCity initiative is delayed until 2018.

Colorado Rapids president Tim Hinchey is leaving the club on July 1, to take over as president and CEO of USA Swimming.

FC Dallas are keeping their Homegrown player war-chest fully stocked, having re-signed Goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez through the 2020 season.

The Vancouver Whitecaps tweeted a highlight video for their upcoming opponent Atlanta United, and there was much rejoicing negative reaction.

Looking to build off the league’s continued growth, it wouldn’t be a shock to see more MLS teams follow NYCFC’s lead in connecting with the equally growing eSports market.

Unfortunately for the Sounders, Columbus Crew SC have bounced back from their brutal 5-0 drubbing versus Toronto FC, and hope this new tilt in form awakens Justin Meram’s streakiness.

The Sons of Ben fell victim to a robbery this weekend, when a generator and speakers were stolen from one of their storage pods.

In a familiar refrain to Sounders fans, it appears that Tyrone Mears has cut a polarizing figure in his new home at Atlanta United.

Orlando City coach Jason Kreis has been singing Cyle Larin's praises for his recent form, and it’s hard to blame him.

David Beckham’s Miami MLS bid refuses to die, and earned a big endorsement for it’s proposed stadium deal from the Miami-Dade comissioner.

Nick Sabetti took a look at the 10 2017 All-Star ballot snubs, with Will Bruin making the list.

The ever increasing demands of national teams only exacerbate the question of supporting club over country, but Angels on Parade believe its a sound strategy.

United States/Canada:

The USMNT sat steady in their FIFA world rankings this month, staying at number 23 in the world.

They also took one last day to train in Denver before the week’s end, and the Burgundy Wave has your photo gallery.

The U-20 Men’s National Team took care of business in the U-20 World Cup, clinching a spot in the quarterfinals thanks to a 6-0 victory over New Zealand.

The New York Cosmos continue to take their shot on the transfer market (but not on the field!), as they attempt to bring Roma legend Francesco Totti to the states.

As he continues to march towards the USMNT record books, Clint Dempsey has focused on reflecting on his journey, more than looking towards his destination.

The newly founded Canadian Premier League is already thinking towards its future, publicly stating their intention to incorporate promotion & relegation once they reach enough teams.

Toronto FC are looking to hold the fort in their home country, advancing to the Canadain Championship Final for the second straight year.

The World:

The Zorros Club de Futbol Gay play soccer on fields all across Mexico City for a larger purpose: to openly confront soccer fan homophobia.

After failing to submit the proper paperwork to play in the Bundesliga’s third division, Bayern Munich’s city rival München 1860 have been relegated to the amateur Regionalliga Bayern league, where their opponents will include Bayern Munich II.

Mexican international Jurgen Damm has long dreamt of playing in Europe, and it looks like West Ham are looking to make that dream come true, as long as Chivas doesn’t have anything to say about it.

Former Italian National Teamplayer Roberto Mancini has taken the head coaching position at Zenit St Petersburg.

Gianluigi Buffon has had a storied career picking up clean sheets and stopping shots, but the Juventus/Italy stalwart still can’t scoop up a A Champions League Crown

Former Dundee manager Neil McCann’s broadcasting career lasted all of three days, with the club announcing his return to managing the team full time shortly following his departure.

UEFA is making a big bet on women’s football, believing that there is enough momentum from broadcast networks and advertisers to create strong commercial gains.

Despite the heartbreaking result for their Reading side, The Tilehurst End penned a note of congratulations for their playoff opponent Huddersfield Town AFC and their fans.