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Borussia Dortmund v Los Angeles FC
Latif Blessing #7 congratulates Aaron Kovar #11 of Los Angeles FC on his goal during the second half of an International friendly soccer match against the Borussia Dortmund at Banc of California Stadium on May 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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Seattle

Seattle Reign play at Houston Dash tonight. You can watch the game at 5:00 p.m. on go90. Our scouting report is here.

Hey Aaron, we miss you and need scoring, too

MLS

Friendly Fun: LAFC 1, Borussia Dortmund 1 - Angels on Parade
Expansion team holds their own against Bundesliga stalwart.

¿Sebastian Giovinco viene a Tigres? - Grupo Milenio

David Beckham's Miami MLS team might finally have a name | Miami Herald
David Beckham's Miami MLS team has no name yet. But an entity called Miami Freedom LLC applied for a trademark on that name, which would cover merchandise including soccer balls, jerseys, admission tickets and media guides.

LAFC Signs Attacker Steeve Saint-Duc | Los Angeles Football Club

Stejskal: Geoff Cameron considering MLS move, several teams interested | MLSsoccer.com

Joey Saputo not happy: No one is untouchable, even Piatti | MLSsoccer.com

Albert Rusnak looking forward to Slovakia duty, blames off-field drama | RSL Soapbox
Something’s rotten in the state of Utah.

Warshaw: Will Bruin goes down — it's time for the Sounders to get creative | MLSsoccer.com

Sources: Patrick Vieira move to Nice finalized | ProSoccerTalk

Peter Vermes System and His Favorite SON | American Soccer Analysis

US Soccer

A Breakdown of the Youthful U.S. Men’s National Team Roster to Face Bolivia | The Mane Land
Who are the 22 players Dave Sarachan called up to face Bolivia?

Young Americans who attend college struggling for playing time | Stars and Stripes FC
Unfortunately, many players who went to college don’t see the field as often as their Homegrown and International counterparts.

US Open Cup

It’s another day of Open Cup soccer. Games start at 4 p.m. Pacific. All matches that are streamed will be available on the US Soccer matchcenter. MLS teams enter in the next round. The draw is May 24.

North Carolina advanced on Tuesday night.

Reno 1868 FC prepares for Sacramento Republic in 3rd round of Lamar Hunt US Open Cup | KRNV
Reno 1868 FC is one win away from playing an MLS team in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, but the club will have to get past rival Sacramento Republic FC in the third round first this Wednesday.

World Soccer

Hey, there’s Djimi Traore!
Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League winners – Where are they now? | BT Sport
A look back at the team which won the Reds’ last title in Istanbul in 2005.

Milan set for UEFA hearing over FFP violations | theScore

ESPN World Fame 100 2018
To find the 100 most famous athletes in the world, ESPN started with 600 of the biggest names in sports, drawn from 68 countries. ESPN's Sports Analytics Group then ranked them based on a proprietary formula that took into account three fame factors.

World Cup

FIFA Clears Russian Team of Doping but Dashes Hopes of Peru’s Guerrero | The New York Times
FIFA closed a doping investigation into the Russian players expected to compete in the World Cup next month after finding “insufficient evidence” of wrongdoing.

Telemundo Deportes Expands Digital Footprint with NBC Sports App Streaming the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Telemundo Deportes, the exclusive Spanish-language home of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, today announced it will live stream the games in Spanish on the NBC Sports app.

Cultural stuff I put in here so you ignore it

Eric Sollenberger Is No Longer Anonymous As "PFT Commenter" | Texas Monthly
The man behind the satirical media personality says he was ”doxxed” by Deadspin following a glowing Washington Post profile.