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Portugal v Mexico: Play-Off for Third Place - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Seattle

Go bowling with Sounders this Sunday for a good cause! You can’t pull a hamstring bowling, right? (Right?) Strikes With Sounders | Seattle Sounders FC

Sign up and log your mass-transiting and biking, etc., and you enter a drawing for two free Sounders tickets and a Pyramid gift certificate every week. In Motion: King County Metro will reward people who pledge to drive less in Kent Valley & South Bellevue - King County

Andy Rose is going to stick around Motherwell FC for now. Motherwell FC – Grimshaw and Rose sign new deals

Major League Soccer

The top and the bottom of the rankings are consistent, and the Sounders are actually climbing. MLS Power Ranking Averages - Week 11 - RSL Soapbox

Amro Tarek was selected for Egypt’s preliminary roster, and he’s giving credit to MLS as a solid and visible league. Orlando City defender Amro Tarek credits MLS for Egypt call-up | MLSsoccer.com

Darlington Nagbe is finally in a role that suits his game and expectations to match, and it shows. Stejskal: The real Darlington Nagbe rises in Atlanta | MLSsoccer.com

United States

George Quraishi left Howler to head up The Athletic’s soccer expansion, and he explains what they’re cooking up here. What you can expect from The Athletic’s new soccer coverage – The Athletic

US International Cameron Carter-Vickers is re-signed with parent club Tottenham for several years. Tottenham's Cameron Carter-Vickers Harry Winks sign new long-term contracts

Gold Cup 2019 venues are being announced, and Minnesota gets the nod. Minnesota's Allianz Field selected as 2019 Gold Cup venue | MLSsoccer.com

Promising young’ns in the pipeline. ASN article: Ledezma & Amaya continuing to push through with the U.S. U-20's

​Former UPSL Northeast Manager Paul Lapointe assumes national role. United Premier Soccer League Names Paul Lapointe as New National Director | United Premier Soccer League

Stuart Campbell parts ways with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in a “mutual decision.” Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell steps down

Harrisburg University is making a big esports push, with 16 full-ride scholarships. Here's how to get a full-ride scholarship for playing videogames – VICE News

World

A Saudi Arabian official allegedly agreed to fix a match for cash, and admitted to it in custody. Referee Banned For Life Prior to 2018 World Cup | The Action Network

According to a bank, Germany is good at soccer. Germany Will Win the World Cup, UBS Says After 10,000 Simulations

Arsenal should probably have coughed up the cash for Ronaldo, but hindsight is 20-20, etc. Arsenal's Cristiano Ronaldo bid failed over £12m price tag - Arsene Wenger

He’s heading to a fifth World Cup at 39, but he’s not very sponsor-able. Rafa Marquez trains for Mexico without any sponsorship logos on gear

Premier League payments: Manchester United receive more than Manchester City - BBC Sport

Yes, Gianluigi, you went a little far. theScore - Buffon apologises for going 'beyond the limits' in rant about referee Oliver