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Major Link Soccer: Germany wins the Confederations Cup

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Germany tunes up their next generation of players by capturing the World Cup tune-up tournament crown.

Chile v Germany: Final - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Seattle

The Sounders have moved to 12th in RSL Soapbox’s Power Ranking Averages, while Toronto remains at the top of the Week 17 list.

A struggling Sounders attack has left many dreaming of Derlis Gonzalez - and its hard to blame them.

Reign midfielder Jess Fishlock has dealt with her fair share of abuse on social media as an openly gay athlete; but now she knows how to both handle and fight against it.

For all present and future Monday blues, please administer this image of Ozzie Alonso versus Portland.

MLS:

MLS expansion bids remain competitive, but, as more and more cities trip over red tape, Sacramento’s Major League bid pushes upward and onward.

The Red Bulls’ attack was dealt a brutal blow over the weekend, as Mike Grella is now expected to miss the rest of the season with a left knee injury.

Jesse Gonzalez has finally resolved a watershed moment in his career, picking the U.S. Men’s National Team over Mexico for his future international involvement. This decision came via a one-time switch Gonzalez had regarding his international status, which FIFA approved Iast week.

Ashley Cole hasn’t been able to escape the tabloid headlines and comments of his past, but his present career has flourished in Los Angeles.

United States:

The cinderella stories of the US Open Cup have long made it deserving of more coverage than it currently receives, and FC Cincinnati’s success in the cup and beyond showcase the unprecedented ceiling American soccer has.

Forgetfulness is not something you often hear when thinking of best practices for athletes, but it is a crucial skill for goalkeepers to develop when looking to move on to the next play.

The World:

Germany captured the Confederations Cup on Sunday. While the significance of the trophy is debatable, Die Mannschaft’s incredible depth cannot be questioned.

As allegations against and around FIFA continue to come out, former FIFA official Jack Warner broke his silence to proclaim his innocence.

One Mexican fan channeled his inner Ferris Bueller by telling his wife he was getting cigarettes, but instead traveled to Russia to watch El Tri play in the Confederations Cup.

Frustrated by his side’s performance versus Germany in the Confederations Cup semifinals, Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio called Germany's 4-1 scoreline an 'unfair' result given his team’s work rate.

Simon Grayson has signed a three-year contract to become Sunderland’s new manager, starting with a training camp in Austria this week.

Ronaldo had something to gain from Portugal’s tough Confederations Cup loss to Chile, as it gives him more time to spend with his newborn twins.