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Once subject of Sounders rumors, now headed to Liga MX. Chuck Blazer leaves behind a complicated legacy. An NASL or USL team will host a USOC semifinal.

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Seattle

The Seattle Sounders U18s will take on the LA Galaxy’s in the semifinal of the USSDA Academy Championships on July 14 in Carson, California.

Keisuke Honda will not be a Seattle Sounder, to the dismay of some and the relief of others, at least as it relates to how well he would fit on the roster. He has signed with Pachuca of Liga MX.

Major League Soccer

The Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback, Dak Prescott, says he loves going to FC Dallas games. He admires professional soccer players’ footwork and movement, and he wishes he had also played soccer growing up.

Major League Soccer was going to have a meeting with the Mecklenburg County Commissioners this week about the MLS bid with a stadium near Charlotte, but MLS’ demand that the meetings be private led to them being cancelled altogether.

United States

US Soccer Just finished the draw for the US Open Cup semifinal matchups. Sporting KC will host the Earthquakes, and the winner of Miami FC or FC Cincinnati will host the New York Red Bulls. And here’s your hosting priority for the final:

Here’s how the San Francisco Deltas of the NASL and SF City FC of the PDL are taking two different approaches to winning over new fans in a difficult market.

World

Jamaica played for the draw against Mexico in the Gold Cup and got it, with the match ending scoreless. But Juan Carlos Osorio, Mexico’s coach who is barred from managing the team for several games, just couldn’t let go: He seems to have been caught passing notes to the sideline. [Spanish]

Former CONCACAF and FIFA official Chuck Blazer’s death at 72 leaves behind a legacy that was about as corrupt as can be, but he also played a significant role in the growth of soccer in the US.

Sure, there are plenty of false transfer rumors out there, but this journalist carefully created an entirely fake player and sowed the seeds of an Arsenal transfer rumor to see how far it would get. It worked.

Yes, you should read this oral history from Sports Illustrated of one of the best sports video games of all time, NBA Jam.