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Major Link Soccer: Chicharito makes the move to West Ham United

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It’s back to England for the Mexican striker. Sue Bird talks about her relationship with ‘Pinoe. Pete Carroll is ready for robot football.

Portugal v Mexico: Play-Off for Third Place - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Seattle

Seahawk’s coach Pete Carroll is a big proponent of the use of data and analytics in player and team management, and that’s not the only technology he’d like to see leveraged for the benefit of the NFL. He told the audience at a conference that he’s looking forward to a day when games are played by drones or holograms operated by players remotely so they won’t get hurt.

Metro Parks Tacoma is reclaiming a former industrial site on the water and developing an 11-acre park. The idea of naming it for Tacoma native and famed science fiction author Frank Herbert has been floated for a while, and now it is gaining steam.

Ten-time WNBA All-Star and Seattle Storm legend Sue Bird generally has been reserved in sharing her private life, but in a recent interview with ESPNW she opened up a bit about her relationship with her girlfriend Megan Rapinoe among other topics.

Major League Soccer

The Power Ranking Averages are out over at RSL Soapbox, and Toronto FC is holding down the top spot. Meanwhile, Seattle are slowly making a climb.

The Portland Timbers are struggling to say the least after a good start to the season, especially after an ugly 4-1 loss at home vs. Real Salt Lake. This Stumptown Footy writer was hoping for a year resembling the Sounders’ 2014 run, but instead they’re looking a bit more like the 2015 Sounders.

Alphonso Davies, 16-year-old Canadian phenom, probably has a long playing career ahead of him, but teammates and coaches say he already has lots of maturity and poise.

A big crowd showed up at a rally in Raleigh in a push to be an MLS city, as league brass were in town for talks.

It’s safe to say that LA Galaxy fans are not happy with the lengthening home losing streak the team has going right now. Has anyone told them they have a new rival about to enter the league?

Lansing, Michigan has a strong core of support for their Lansing United NPSL team, and they want to make the jump into the pro team market.

United States / Gold Cup

Andre Blake had a strong performance as Jamaica defeated Canada 2-1 to move on to the Gold Cup semifinals.

Jill Ellis has named her USWNT roster for the upcoming Tournament of Nations. Megan Rapinoe will make the trip.

Bruce Arena and Jozy Altidore both shrugged off the biting incident from the USMNT’s victory over El Salvador this week, although Altidore noted his girlfriend might be upset with him.

The US U17 MNT is beginning its preparations for the World Cup with a training camp featuring Sounders Academy goalkeeper Sam Fowler.

World

Chicharito is headed back to the Premier League. West Ham United paid a reported £13 million for the 29-year-old striker.

Barcelona’s president makes it clear that Neymar is not on the market, despite recent rumors to the contrary.

The President of the Spanish Football Federation will go before a judge to answer corruption charges after being arrested this week.

Schalke has decided to punish players by making them work shifts in the team shop on their days off instead of fining them (which had not been super effective given the size of their salaries).

The Mexican women’s soccer league will be restricted only to players born in Mexico, a sudden announcement that throws a wrench in the plans of many dual nationals planning to play there.