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A view of a fan wearing a Storm Trooper helmet as fans gather for the Cincinnati MLS expansion team announcement during a viewing party at Fountain Square.
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Seattle

A Beautiful Escape: Stefan Frei on Using Art as an Outlet | MLSPA
When Stefan Frei isn't playing the beautiful game he's working to make beautiful, and precise, works of art off the field. The Seattle Sounders goalkeeper discusses his passion for art and the mental escape it provides.

Will Bruin: A Model Product of Indiana Soccer | The Hoosier Network

Qliance files for bankruptcy liquidation a year after health care startup’s abrupt closure | Puget Sound Business Journal
The health care startup that had the support of big names like Jeff Bezos, Nick Hanauer and Rich Barton is coming to an end.

MLS

FC Cincinnati welcomed to the MLS with an intense video | Cincinnati.com
Tuesday's FC Cincinnati/MLS announcement gave us an epic promo video.

FC Cincinnati: Lindner says late father would be 'rejoicing' about MLS | Cincinnati.com
FC Cincinnati owner Carl H. Lindner III was recently out with his mom, Edyth, when a big question popped into mind: What would dad think of all this?

Doc: FC Cincinnati has been major league from the beginning | Cincinnati.com
Breaking Cincinnati news, traffic, weather and local headlines from The Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper.

FC Cincinnati wins MLS expansion bid, to join league in 2019 | SI.com
FC Cincinnati will make the leap to MLS in 2019, giving the league an even 24 teams before Nashville and Miami follow. The league plans to add two more cities, but no timetable has been disclosed for the further expansion.

FC Cincinnati granted MLS expansion franchise to start play in 2019 | SBNation.com
Cincinnati has jumped the line. They’ll enter the league before Nashville and Miami.

RSL to make history, serving up first-ever Pride Night by a top-tier Utah professional sports team | The Salt Lake Tribune

Greg Garza undergoes successful shoulder surgery, to miss 4-6 months | Atlanta United FC

Fans, field and fortune could affect Atlanta United at New England | Atlanta Journal Constitution
Two defenders out. A half-empty stadium, at best. Poor turf. A determined opponent.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto: One day I’d like to manage in MLS | Goal.com

USL

Real Monarchs Coach Suspended After Domestic Violence Charges | CBS Sacramento
Real Monarchs coach Mark Briggs was suspended on Tuesday following the charges filed against him. The team plays the Sacramento Republic.

Report: Real Monarchs coach Mark Briggs suspended following domestic violence charges | RSL Soapbox
Jamison Olave named Real Monarchs’ interim coach following the suspension

US soccer

How Dave Sarachan, amid paradoxical uncertainty, kick-started the USMNT’s rebuild | Yahoo Sports
Dave Sarachan’s uncertain future, and his desire to stay on with U.S. Soccer, seem to contradict long-term USMNT interests.

Deaf Boise native playing with U.S. deaf national soccer team | Idaho Statesman
Boise Nationals forward Braden Anderson was born completely deaf. But he’s honed his soccer skills in other ways to make up for it, and has earned a spot on the training camp roster with the U.S. Men’s DNT.

USMNT 25-man roster announced for Europe friendlies | Stars and Stripes FC
DeAndre Yedlin is among the players added to the roster.

World soccer

FOX Sports acquires Club Tijuana Liga MX rights in English and Spanish | World Soccer Talk

Italy's Serie A scraps Mediapro rights deal | SportsPro Media

World Cup

Why I’m #TeamNoTeam for the World Cup | Stars and Stripes FC
The World Cup doesn’t need any hype to be hype about it.

Cultural stuff I enjoy

A Brief History of America's Appetite for Macaroni and Cheese | Smithsonian
Popularized by Thomas Jefferson, this versatile dish fulfills our nation's quest for the 'cheapest protein possible'.

The Curious Case of Bryan Colangelo and the Secret Twitter Account | The Ringer
A collection of Twitter accounts that has criticized Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz, disclosed sensitive information, and outlined team strategy shares eye-opening similarities. What does that have to do with the Philadelphia 76ers’ decision-maker?

Soccer on TV

6:30 p.m. Real Salt Lake host Houston Dynamo on ESPN+.

7:30 p.m. Portland Thorns host North Carolina Courage on go90.