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Major Link Soccer: Patrick Vieira leaves NYCFC for OGC Nice, which is nice for MLS

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Also: EA releases their upcoming big budget game trailers, Ghana soccer is corrupt, England is about to take a break

Seattle Sounders vs. New York City FC: Photos
Patrick Vieira looks off towards the NYCFC players he’s leaving.
Photo credit - MikeRussellFoto

Seattle

Seattle Reign FC feel pretty good at the halfway mark
Head coach Vlatko Andonovski and goalkeeper Michelle Betos shared their state of the team at Saturday’s training.

Megan Rapinoe on Partnering With Play Proud to Make Soccer Safe for LGBT Youth
The out Olympian and World Cup winner spoke with The Advocate about the difference it makes to educate coaches and kids about LGBT acceptance.

MLS

#ThankYouPatrick: Vieira departs NYCFC for OGC Nice - Hudson River Blue
We’re crying, too!

Bob Bradley on LAFC forward Adama Diomande: The best is yet to come - Angels on Parade
Striker nabs brace to spur dramatic comeback win.

Could FC Dallas land a Bayern Munich player on loan? - Big D Soccer
Could the Bayern Munich prospect be loaned to Frisco?

Pushed to the Inland Empire by the high cost of living, LAFC's Benny Feilhaber learned to enjoy his hours-long commute by train

Ribbons for "RibbonZ": Valentin to make good on his bet, wear a Raso ribbon for a good cause | Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers’ Zarek Valentin to wear ribbon in his hair for LGBT youth - Outsports
‘Who are we to tell each other we shouldn’t be together?’ Zarek Valentin says.

FC Cincinnati fans heading to Columbus to “Save the Crew”€ | WSYX
A few dozen fans of Cincinnati’s soccer club are planning a road trip north on Saturday afternoon to cheer on the Columbus Crew SC against the New York Red Bulls. The goodwill visit has a second purpose: supporting the “Save the Crew” movement.

Recaps

The Sounders won! and rocketed up to 10th/20th. 538 still has them as the 12th most likely to win MLS Cup, but only finish 16th in the table, which is a probelm.

Here’s the rest of the weekend’s action:

Do You Believe?! San Jose Earthquakes 3, LAFC 4 - Angels on Parade
Visitors score at the death to take three points.

Sporting KC earns hard fought draw in Portland - The Blue Testament
Sporting KC finishes three game set strong.

LA Galaxy dominate Real Salt Lake 3-0 - LAG Confidential
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace off a pair of headers as the Galaxy celebrated 15 years at the StubHub Center with a 3-0 victory over Real Salt Lake Saturday night.

Houston Dynamo snap losing streak with 2-0 win over Colorado Rapids - Dynamo Theory
The Houston Dynamo bested the Colorado Rapids 2-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Revolution 1, Fire 1: Rivals share points in physical match - The Bent Musket
The Revs and Fire traded second half goals.

FC Dallas vs Montreal Impact: Dallas makes it four in a row! Downs Montreal 2-0. - Big D Soccer

MLS Vancouver Whitecaps Post-Match: Davies Mania! - Eighty Six Forever
Alphonso Davies simply could not be stopped as the Whitecaps romped to a 5-2 home victory.

Columbus Crew SC tie Red Bulls after second half letdown - Massive Report
Black & Gold let two points slip against Eastern Conference foe.

Atlanta 1, New York City 1 - as it happened - Hudson River Blue
The standings remain the same in a tense, phenomenal draw.

FT: Philadelphia 0-2 Toronto FC — Osorio brace leads Reds to victory - Waking The Red
The Reds pick up a critical three points on the road.

NWSL

Taking Attendance 6/4/2018: NWSL Up 1,000 Per Game From A Year Ago – kenn.com blog

Mallory Pugh sprains right PCL, will miss 8-10 weeks - Black And Red United
The Spirit and USWNT will both miss Pugh in some important games.

ESPN Will Start Airing Some NWSL Games - Hot Time In Old Town

The Reign remain in second, though 538 prefers Orlando and, of course, North Carolina.

Washington Spirit, Sky Blue FC battle to scoreless draw in NWSL play - Black And Red United
Andi Sullivan’s penalty kick miss haunted the Spirit in an eventful second half.

USL

S2 won on two goals by David Estrada. That pulled them up to 14th. Estrada is tied for 4th in the league in goals scored. It’s already his best goalscoring season as he tied his 2016 total with Carolina.

HUIQUI'S SPEECH, NEW LOCKER ROOM VIBE HELPED SET THE TONE FOR LIGHTS FC'S SATURDAY VICTORY

Match Recap: Phoenix Rising FC 0, Sacramento Republic FC 0 - Indomitable City Soccer
Two of the Western Conference’s elite play to a draw.

Devon Sandoval is the first player to sign with New Mexico's new USL Soccer Team - KRQE
It was announced on Wednesday afternoon that New Mexico will have its first professional soccer team. Albuquerque will be home to USL soccer team set to begin play next year.

The next story isn’t about the USL, but is about DII soccer.

Canadian Premier League reveals FC Edmonton - Waking The Red
We now have five new club badges. Three more and we can take on the Elite Four!

US soccer

On Soccer Hall Of Fame Voting (It’s Not Broken) – kenn.com blog

Recap USA 1-1 France: A determined draw for the USMNT - Stars and Stripes FC
A gutty performance by the Stars and Stripes.

World soccer

Denmark see off Mexico in last tune-up game ahead of World Cup - FMF State Of Mind
Mexico never found their rhythm as they finish their last tune-up game with a defeat.

Ghana FA dissolves after BBC documentary shows ‘widespread fraud’ - SBNation.com
According to the BBC, the documentary shows the Ghana FA president taking $65,000 from an undercover reporter.

Football while fasting: life in the Ramadan Midnight League | Nick Miller | Football | The Guardian
An initiative to help people who might not otherwise feel able to play football during their Ramadan fast is gathering momentum in Birmingham.

It’s official: FA to implement winter “break” starting in 2019 - Cartilage Free Captain
But it being the FA, it comes without any real corresponding reduction in fixtures.

World Cup

England 'aren't going to win' World Cup because of Tottenham players - Tony Adams
Former Arsenal defender Tony Adams said Tottenham players do not know how to win and that will hurt England's chances at the World Cup.

Cultural stuff I’ll add because I want to add it

Watch every EA Play trailer from E3 2018 - Polygon