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Russia had a goalfest against Saudi Arabia. The Earthquakes sign another Georgian. Russia’s Spoons of Victory are the new vuvuzelas.

Soccer: World Cup-Russia vs Saudi Arabia Witters Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

Seattle Sounders coach surprised by Raul Ruidiaz move announcement
Although reports have previously suggested that the Sounders could move for Ruidiaz, Schmetzer said he was not aware that any deal had been done.

Over 500 beers from more than 100 local brewers are headed to Marymoor Park this weekend | KOMO
The 13th Annual Washington Brewers Festival is at Marymoor Park this weekend - just in time for Father's Day and some sunshine.

Katayoun Khosrowyar wins WSU Coach Award, Presented by TeamSnap

Major League Soccer

Sacramento MLS soccer bid has interested Ron Burkle and East Coast investors | The Sacramento Bee
Text messages between Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, his staff and Republic FC officials show that billionaire Ron Burkle and NBA player Omri Casspi have expressed interest in leading Sacramento's bid for a Major League Soccer expansion franchise.

MLS Power Ranking Averages - Week 15 - RSL Soapbox
ATL still sitting pretty.

San Jose Earthquakes sign Georgian defender Guram Kashia
Georgian national team defender Guram Kashia has signed with the San Jose Earthquakes.

Major League Soccer made Austin inquiries in September 2016, emails show - Sports - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH

D.C. United Is About To Get A New Home. Is The Team Ready For Its Close-Up? : DCist

United States

Phoenix Rising FC rolls through Lights FC, Ricardo Ferrino – Las Vegas Review-Journal
The Lights goalkeeper made seven saves but proved incapable of stemming the tide in a 4-0 loss at Tempe, Ariz. on Wednesday.

World Cup

2018 McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy Player Picks: Forwards - Never Manage Alone
The official FIFA World Cup fantasy platform is now live. With the tournament just a few days away, Never Manage Alone rounds out their Player Picks series with a look at the Forwards. Which of these fine gentlemen will fire your fantasy teams to glory?

Russia’s ‘Spoons of Victory’ are the 2018 World Cup’s vuvuzela - SBNation.com
Finally, a noisemaker you can also use to eat soup.

Russia vs. Saudi Arabia: Alan Dzagoev injury a blessing in disguise - SBNation.com
If Alan Dzagoev didn’t go down, we wouldn’t have seen Denis Cheryshev’s amazing goals.

11 World Cup predictions that should be on your radar | ShortList
Sports writer Kristan Heneage on the only World Cup predictions you need to care about this year.

Russia vs. Saudi Arabia 2018: Ranking the World Cup opener’s goals - SBNation.com
Russia showed some style against a slipshod Saudi Arabia defense, but which of their goals stood out from the rest?

Robbie Williams kicked off the World Cup by flipping off billions of people - SBNation.com
Let him entertain you.

Why you should root for Mexico in the 2018 World Cup - FMF State Of Mind
You don’t need to swab your cheek to pick a team to follow.

World

Report: Bielsa will sign contract to become next Leeds coach tonight - Through It All Together
The saga to land the legendary Argentine manager appears to be over.

Antoine Griezmann says he’s staying at Atletico Madrid - Barca Blaugranes
It went on and on and on, there were lots of pensive looks, some horses, a trip to visit his family in France, and 30 (THIRTY!) minutes later he finally came out with it “I want to stay.”

Culture

George Lucas Reveals What His Star Wars Sequels Would've Been

...microbiotics?

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