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Major Link Soccer: The Gold Cup begins

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Power rankings, news and more about the CONCACAF tournament. LA Galaxy’s worst week of all time? Lap dances in Italian stadiums?

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Seattle

Buy your tickets now for the Reign’s July 15th match against the Boston Breakers, because you’ll be entered for a chance to win a team-signed Reign jersey.

It’s Seattle Sounders U18s vs. Crossfire Premier at Starfire Sports this evening in the US Soccer Development Academy national quarterfinals. Here’s a detailed preview of the matchup.

Former USWNT star Julie Foudy will be having a reading of her new book and a conversation with Haley Kopmeyer in Seattle on July 25.

Major League Soccer

Bastian Schweinsteiger has not been the over-the-hill flop for the Chicago Fire that many predicted, in fact he has been a huge part of a major turnaround for them. He will also be an MLS All-Star this year thanks to a fan vote that added lots of favorites around the league.

LAG Confidential asks a simple question: Is this the worst week in LA Galaxy history? They blew a game at the last minute against their Cali rivals, Los Dos lost 9-0, and then the Galaxy lost 6-2 at home to a not-great Real Salt Lake.

Michael Bradley’s four-year-old son Luca is already rooting against the Montreal Impact no matter who they are playing against, which makes his dad pretty happy.

San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Matheus Silva was rescued from Lake Tahoe after he went under in the very cold water and didn’t resurface. Friends got him to shore and paramedics managed to revive him and get him to a hospital, where he is in critical but stable condition.

Univision Deportes’ expanded soccer coverage, including MLS, is paying off as they continue to see viewership growth.

Who are the five most irreplaceable stars in MLS? Not the best five, but the ones without whom their teams struggle and just don’t look the same.

Matt Doyle revisits his tiered rankings from the beginning of the year and re-ranks all the MLS teams heading into the summer stretch, from Contenders to Overhauls.

Tigres say that LA Galaxy made some enquiries about their French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, although no formal offer was made.

US Soccer

Cristian Pulisic really is that good, and rather than just empty hype, check out this video showing just why and how he is such a special talent, especially at his young age.

The Canada-Mexico-USA 2026 World Cup bid is officially official.

Here are MLSSoccer.com’s power rankings for the teams about to participate in the Gold Cup.

CONCACAF has taken measures to combat slurs yelled by fans during games with fines, and the upcoming Gold Cup will be a test to see how well this works.

FC Cincinnati supporters have proven they show up in droves to Nippert Stadium, and that may have been enough for the USWNT to schedule a game there in the near future, although when exactly that will be is unknown.

World

A new ESPN 30 for 30 documentary about the life of George Best will premiere on July 20.

Who gets married in a bright blue tuxedo and no socks? That would be Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka.

The president of the Italian FA thinks stadiums should have pharmacies, supermarkets, movie theaters, and even lap dancing if those things prove to be economically viable.

Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has sadly been diagnosed with acute leukemia at the age of 31.

Facebook and Twitter are apparently both willing to bid in the millions of dollars for the rights to just the highlight clips from World Cup 2018.