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Seattle

Furt. Seattle Reign FC lose to Houston Dash for the first time.

Sounders players have cycled through various video-game phases in the past, but few have inspired the levels of devotion “Fortnite”. Sniping in the Sounders locker room? Only when it comes to ‘Fortnite’ – The Athletic

Seattle Sounder Jordan Morris visited Dieringer elementary schools last week. Big assist in diabetes awareness | Courier-Herald

Former Seattle Sounders Mauro Rosales was back in training with FC Dallas this week, but the 37-year-old made it clear he's just stopping by. Soccer: Mauro Rosales trains with FC Dallas before returning for final professional season in Argentina | SportsDay

The Seattle Mariners are staying at Safeco Field for the next 25 years. king5.com | Mariners strike deal for another 25 years at Safeco Field.

MLS

It sounds like Fernando Torres is moving closer to a deal to join MLS. The Chicago Fire and Torres Reportedly In “Advanced Negotiations”.

English soccer superstar Wayne Rooney is scheduled to undergo a physical, tour the city and Audi Field. Wayne Rooney arrives in Washington for talks with D.C. United - The Washington Post

The wait was short for LAFC defender Steven Beitashour, who was left off Iran's latest World Cup roster less than a week after his name was intriguingly included. Beitashour misses out on second World Cup chance with Iran | scnow.com

NWSL

Rose Lavelle makes her debut as Washington Spirit knock off Sky Blue FC - Black And Red United. Ashley Hatch’s 64th minute goal settled a tense game between two teams that badly needed the points.

Orlando Pride vs. North Carolina Courage: Final Score 4-3 as the Pride Comeback Falls Short - The Mane Land. The Pride’s unbeaten streak ends at five.

USA

The US Men’s National Team’s road to the 2022 World Cup will begin in New Jersey. U.S. Soccer has selected MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., as the site for the USMNT’s Sept. 7 friendly match against Brazil, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports. USMNT's road to 2022 World Cup now has an official start site

Former US men's national team member Earnie Stewart could take over as general manager of the United States Soccer Federation. Source: Earnie Stewart Frontrunner for USSF GM Role

World

This weekend in the UEFA Champions League Final between Liverpool and Real Madrid. Only care about the World Cup? OK! Sure! We got you! Champions League final primer for the World Cup fan - SBNation.com

1976 marks the last time a club won three-consecutive European Cups. Would a Real 3-peat be the most impressive feat in UCL history? – ProSoccerTalk

Arsenal will have a new manager when next season begins. Let’s talk about tactics. What can we expect Arsenal to look like under Coach Unai Emery? - The Short Fuse

Mohamed Salah’s brilliance may finally break up the Messi-Ronaldo vice grip on the Ballon d’Or for the last decade. Personally, I’m pulling for him. I enjoy watching him play. Mohamed Salah can win the Ballon d’Or if he wins the Champions League - SBNation.com

Liga MX will introduce a rule designed to give younger players more opportunities in Mexico's first division, the league announced on Wednesday. Liga MX re-institutes youth rule that helped develop Javier Hernandez and Andres Guardado

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'Overwatch' League team Shanghai Dragons have an intense and unhealthy practice schedule, its team manager revealed. 'Overwatch' pro team forces players to train to an unhealthy degree