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Major Link Soccer: Higuain signs extension with Columbus Crew

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Heading the ball is bad for your brain. Zlatan is not invited to play for Sweden at the World Cup.

MLS: Columbus Crew at D.C. United Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

The Seattle University Redhawks and coach Pete Fewing are proud of their Roldan The SpectatorSeattle U's Alex Roldan now a Seattle Sounders Starter - The Spectator

The Cascadia rivalry is going strong at the academy level. Academy Preview: Young Sounders welcome Cascadia rival Vancouver Whitecaps | Seattle Sounders FC

A massive discovery in the story of the Lewis & Clark expedition. The discovery of a map made by a Native American is reshaping thinking about the Lewis & Clark expedition | History News Network

Major League Soccer

Pipa is still quite effective for the Crew, and he’ll be around for an extra year at least. Federico Higuain signs one-year contract extension with Columbus Crew SC | MLSsoccer.com

Speaking of signing extensions, NYRB mid Daniel Royer is sticking around as well. New York Red Bulls sign Daniel Royer to new multi-year contract | MLSsoccer.com

Jealous? Nah. Whatever. Who’s jealous? Portland Timbers, Portland Thorns FC partner with Dark Horse Comics for National Superhero Day | Portland Timbers

Zlatan tried to tease a return to international play, but Sweden aren’t into it. Zlatan Ibrahimovic's World Cup return ruled out by Sweden

if you haven’t been checking out this series, give this one a read. It’s a pretty cool look at open play shot attempts that deserve some deeper analysis. Lowered Expectations: Week 8 — American Soccer Analysis

Atlanta United still flying high. MLS Power Rankings - Week 8 - RSL Soapbox

In unsurprising news, Patrick Vieira would accept a coaching position in Europe. NYCFC's Patrick Vieira 'ready to coach any side in Europe' amid Arsenal links

The Toronto love-fest is real. MLS Writers Narrowly Avoid Criticism of Toronto F.C. (Satire) - Eighty Six Forever

Tamping down speculation about the Harlem River Yarks project, NYCFC say they’re still on the search for a home within the five boroughs. Club President: NYCFC is Still Searching for Stadium Site - Soccer Stadium Digest

United States

The US men will play some high-profile friendlies in the fall. Report: USMNT to play Brazil, Mexico in September - Stars and Stripes FC

This probably isn’t great for the bid. Trump tweets about 20 2 6 World Cup bid, maybe breaks FIFA rule

The NWSL matchup between Portland and DC will be hosted at the shiny new Audi Field, and hopefully more in the future. Washington Spirit to face Portland Thorns at Audi Field on August 25 - Black And Red United

Brains

It’s constant headers that are the real brain injury problem in soccer. Soccer heading -- not collisions -- cognitively impairs players -- ScienceDaily

World

Besiktas refuse to replay Fenerbahce match abandoned after violence - BBC Sport

UEL: Griezmann nabs crucial away goal vs. Arsenal, Marseille cruises – ProSoccerTalk

FA receives offer to buy Wembley; NFL backs Shad Khan as new owner

Jose Mourinho blames Chelsea for selling Mohamed Salah in 2016 - 'I bought him'

Roker Report shortlisted as a finalist in Football Blogging Awards - we need YOUR votes! - Roker Report