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Major Links Soccer: Zakuani and Friends charity game set for July 1, 2018

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Also: CONCACAF Champions League Drama, More Zlatan News

Seattle

Since 2015, the Zakuani & Friends Charity Game matches have been by turns fun and unpredictable (like last year when Marshawn Lynch picked up a ball and ran it into the goal). But they are always worthwhile. Tickets are on sale now for the July 1st event at Starfire. Proceeds benefit the #project50 initiative from Steve’s nonprofit - Kingdom Hope. Read about it and come out to support! Zakuani & Friends Charity Game Presented by T-Mobile Tickets, Sun, Jul 1, 2018 at 6:00 PM - Eventbrite

Stefan Frei was a standout in the Sounders' 0-1 loss to Montreal Impact. Sounders FC breaks down his 17th minute save that made play of the match. Anatomy of a Save: Breaking down Stefan Frei’s free-kick stop on Jeisson Vargas - Seattle Sounders FC

With turnover on the Nadeshiko Japan, the Seattle Reign’s 29 year veteran midfielder Rumi Utsugi finds herself a senior figure and important force on a new-look Japanese side preparing for the FIFA 2019 Women's World Cup. Young veteran Utsugi key for new-look Japan - FIFA.com

We reported that the Seattle Sounders FC U-17s won the Generation adidas Cup Premier Division. Enjoy the match highlights! Highlights: Seattle Sounders FC U-17's vs New York Red Bulls U-17's | GA Cup Final - Seattle Sounders FC

Marlon Vargas won the Golden Ball, notching 4 goals plus 5 assists.

The Zlatan

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could have made more money outside of MLS upon leaving Manchester United. A LOT more money. Zlatan turned down $100M from China; Real Madrid wants Lewandowski - SI.com

Was Zlatan's second goal, the game winner against LAFC, offside? He looks beyond the last player but was he behind the ball? Listen to Andrew Wiebe and Bobby Warshaw break it down with help from SoccerPhotogrammetry. Was Zlatan Ibrahimovic offside? | Instant Replay - MLSsoccer.com

Now that the issue of that second goal has been cleared up, to anyone who watched his debut performance was probably a foregone conclusion that The Zlatan would be named MLS Player of the Week. Now it's official. LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic named Alcatel MLS Player of the Week - MLSsoccer.com

Did you watch Ibracadabra’s first goal against LAFC? It’s up for Goal of the Week. A couple other guys are in the running too. Cast your vote by tonight. Vote for Goal of the Week — Week 5 - MLSsoccer.com

CONCACAF Champions League

Yes, you read it correctly. After edging out Tigres UANL on away goals, in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League semifinal Toronto FC bested Club America 3-1. America took a critical away goal and look forward to a home match next at the massive and intimidating Estadio Azteca but with a two-goal lead Toronto have a real opportunity to move on to the CONCACAF Championship finals. Toronto FC 3, Club America 1 | CCL Semifinals Recap - Toronto FC

Here is some more analysis, including the options for Toronto to advance. Toronto FC off to strong start in Champions League semifinal - Sportsnet.ca

The game was not without controversy. Club America Coach, Miguel Herrera says that during halftime conflict in the tunnel (what is it with Toronto and tunnel dustups?) Toronto police hit members of Club America. Miguel Herrera claims Toronto police hit Club America players – ProSoccerTalk

Of course there are two sides to every story. Toronto FC’s Jonathan Osorio claims he was assaulted by Club America staff during halftime melee - Toronto Sun

The New York Red Bulls are taking on Chivas Guadalajara tonight in the second CONCACAF Champions League semifinal. Jeff Carlisle and Tom Marshall preview the match. Chivas vs. New York Red Bulls 50-50 Challenge: who will win? - ESPN

The Red Bulls will be missing defender Kyle Duncan who is out indefinitely due to an ACL injury to the right knee suffered during their match against Orlando FC. Red Bulls defender Duncan out indefinitely with ACL injury - The Washington Post

Rebounding from a loss to the Seattle Sounders FC to advance to the Concacaf Champions League semifinals has sparked Chivas de Guadalajara. Now they prepare for a New York Red Bulls team that already has a win on Mexican soil. Chivas defender Oswaldo Alanis on Red Bulls: "A challenge that has a different spark" - Pro Soccer USA

MLS

Before the Chicago Fire's 2-2 tie with Portland Timbers Nemanja Nikolic finally got his hands on the Golden Boot he earned from his inaugural 2017 MLS season. Nikolic is off to a good start in 2018 with three goals so far this season. Nemanja Nikolic receives 2017 MLS Golden Boot Trophy - Chicago Fire

Hawaii-based Kona Brewing Company has become the official craft beer of the LA Galaxy. LA Galaxy strike deal with Kona Brewing Company - SportsPro Media

USA

“Having been offered the job months earlier, I knew what was coming,” Arena wrote of his predecessor's ouster. Bruce Arena’s new book reveals Jurgen Klinsmann’s firing nearly happened six months earlier - The Washington Post

Here are some updates on the #SaveTheCrew lawsuit. Deadline for PSV/MLS to Respond to SaveTheCrew Complaint Moved - Socceresq

The Charlotte Independence will be playing in the renovated historic American Legion Memorial Stadium, in downtown Charlotte. Independence Set for Memorial Stadium Move - USL

World

Yemen is experiencing a rare moment of joy as the war-battered country celebrates its biggest football achievement ever. Yemen does the impossible: This week's Middle East football - The New Arab

Kevin De Bruyne, the Premier League assist leader on league-leading Manchester City, praises Mohamed Salah but believes he should be named PFA Player of the Year. De Bruyne: I deserve to be Player of the Year – ProSoccerTalk

Spanish goaltender David De Gea is reportedly set to sign a fat new contract with Manchester United. De Gea leads the Golden Glove race with 16 clean sheets this season in the Premier League. Report: De Gea to sign huge new contract - ProSoccerTalk