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Louisville win their second-consecutive USL Cup, USWNT earn 500th win in friendly, and more stories that have nothing to do with penalty kicks.

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Puget Sound

Timbers celebrate at whistle, but extra time away goal rule leads to PKs | MLSsoccer.com
This was entertaining.

WWII Army nurse, now 98, honored as hero in Seattle | The Seattle Times
She treated burned service members, and on Thursday became the first woman named to the Wall of Heroes at the VA Puget Sound in Seattle.

In much more serious and upsetting news:
Man in critical condition after shooting in downtown Seattle | Q13 FOX News
A man was shot in downtown Seattle on Thursday night, not long after the Seattle Sounders' match ended at CenturyLink FIeld. The man was sent to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, Seattle police said.

Major League Soccer

Marlins Park among the temporary venues Inter Miami is considering
Inter Miami may not yet have secured the land it needs to build a soccer-specific stadium, but the club is getting closer to selecting where it will play on a temporary basis.

Pitch Perfect: Union kick in new soccer space for Chester-Upland | News | delcotimes.com
The Philadelphia Union unveiled a new soccer space for the Chester-Upland School District and local community.

David Beckham wants Antoine Griezmann at Inter Miami | MLSsoccer.com
Because why wouldn’t he?

Women’s pro soccer

Arizona awarded a new professional women's soccer team - ABC15 Arizona
The WPSL has a new club: FC Arizona, starting in 2019.

USL and lower leagues

Louisville City win second consecutive USL Cup after beating Phoenix Rising | MLSsoccer.com
A 40-year-old Didier Drogba couldn’t pull it out for Phoenix, but didn’t rule out playing again in the future.

United States

USWNT wins its 500th match behind McDonald goal – ProSoccerTalk
The USWNT began play in 1985, winning its first match in 1986.

Romain Gall and the latest USMNT roster | US Soccer Players
Romain Gall's story covers an interesting developmental route, an MLS opportunity, and eventual success with Sweden's Malmo and a USMNT call-up.

World

P.S.G. Confirms It Used Racial Profiling in Recruiting Players - The New York Times
The French champion blamed a former coach for creating a scouting form that was used for years to critique youth players’ abilities but which also noted their ethnicity.

Lyon is inspiring to watch in Champions League play, even when it’s bad - SBNation.com
Lyon blew a 2-0 lead on Wednesday, but the brilliance and audacity of their young players made up for the disappointment.

Kevin-Prince Boateng on racism in football Nothing has changed
Kevin-Prince Boateng tells ESPN: "I had three or four ideas. I spoke to FIFA but at the end of the day, nothing happened. Nothing changed."

Alipay strikes payments deal with soccer governing body UEFA
The eight-year deal will see Alipay accepted at venues where UEFA-sanctioned soccer matches and tournaments are taking place including the Euro 2020 and Euro 2024 championships.

Klopp: Liverpool having to apologise for not winning like Man City | Soccer | Sporting News

Martinez shuts down 'irrelevant' Real Madrid rumours | Soccer | Sporting News

More mental diversions

Pacific Rim and Altered Carbon anime is coming to Netflix - The Verge
Netflix will release a new slate of anime shows, including ones set in the worlds of Pacific Rim and Altered Carbon. Other shows will include Cagaster of an Insect Cage, Yasuke, and Trese. Release dates haven’t been set.

Cassian Andor Live-Action Series Announced | StarWars.com
Diego Luna returns as Rogue One hero Cassian Andor in a spy thriller for Disney's direct-to-consumer streaming service, Disney+.

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