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Street Graffiti of Lionel Messi
Street graffiti of Lionel Messi made by Sergey and Mikhail Erofeev nearby Argentina team Training Camp on June 12, 2018 in Bronnitsy, Russia.
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Seattle

The Sounders play tonight at 5:00 p.m. on JOEtv. They face the New York Red Bulls.

Jesse Marsch wary of Seattle Sounders despite slow start | MLSsoccer.com

Seattle Sounders and Roger Levesque weigh in on which Portland is best | MLSsoccer.com

TSS Rovers v Seattle Sounders U23 – The Story In Pictures – AFTN

MLS

Crew SC | Austin council has initial discussions about stadium plan - Sports - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH

Me and the Crew: a #SavetheCrew Story — Steemit
This is a story about some of the things my relationship with a professional soccer team has meant to me.

The names may have changed but the story is the same with the Colorado Rapids - Burgundy Wave
The new Rapids Way isn’t all that different than the old Rapids Way.

NWSL

Seattle Reign acquire Canadian international Adriana Leon - Sounder At Heart
The Canadian international brings even more depth to the attack.

Fishlock: Russia win was best performance I've played in with Wales
“I think it was by far the best performance I’ve ever been involved in when it comes to Wales,” said Fishlock.

Seattle Reign's Theresa Nielsen and Denmark secure 5-1 World Cup qualifying win over Hungary

US soccer

Maybe we’re hosting the World Cup in 2026, maybe not. This post was written before I went to bed.

World Cup 2026 Vote Preview - Stars and Stripes FC
Let’s get this over with

Reign Academy's Smith Hunter featured as USA Wins 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship with 3-2 Comeback Victory vs. Mexico - U.S. Soccer
The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team won the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship with a 3-2 comeback victory against Mexico. Midfielder Hannah Bebar and forward Sunshine Fontes both equalized for the USA with well-taken goals before midfielder Maya Doms hit the game-winner with a rising shot from the top of the penalty box midway through the second half.

USA defeats China 2-1 despite errors - Stars and Stripes FC
There were mistakes, but also a glimpse of what peak USWNT could and should look like.

World soccer

FIFA to change the system for ranking men’s teams - Stars and Stripes FC
FIFA done good?

Bayern Munich fined €77,000 for fan misconduct: a year of pyro in review - Bavarian Football Works
What a liv an bamba yay when the two sevens clash!

Home again: Freddie Ljungberg joins Arsenal as U23 coach - The Short Fuse
In a time where everything is changing at Arsenal - new coach, new assistants, new front office, a bunch of rumored new players - it’s nice to see some things either not changing or to see the...

The complicated future of Luis Suarez at Barcelona - Barca Blaugranes
Not many transfer signings over the past decade have surpassed expectations like Luis Suarez.

World Cup 2018

How to Enjoy Soccer | The New Yorker
Soccer isn’t all about the goals. It’s the little amazing things that happen along the way.

Gay soccer fans approach World Cup in Russia with fear, uncertainty - Outsports
‘Our main goal is not to be denied football simply because we’re LGBT,’ says one fan.

The 2018 World Cup will be the last of its kind, so enjoy it - SBNation.com
The World Cup is set for rapid expansion, and international soccer is about to change forever.

2018 World Cup: 10 players you could fall in love with this summer - SBNation.com
Here are the potential breakout stars of the World Cup in Russia.

2018 World Cup: How to Watch Like a Soccer Nerd - The Ringer
From Mohamed Salah to Kyle Walker: Positions are changing. Replay is coming. And stats are improving.

Belgium, Tunisia, Panama: The lowdown on England's World Cup Group G opponents | Football News | Sky Sports
England kick off their World Cup campaign next Monday, but what can they expect from their Group G rivals?

Cultural stuff that is essential reading

king5.com | Add these boozy popsicles to your next Costco shopping list: That's a Thing!?
Costco is selling boozy popsicles this summer, and suddenly we can't wait to go fight for a parking spot and wait in a huge checkout line...