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Major Link Soccer: Russia is running out of beer for the World Cup

Also: Press trade shakes up NWSL and more

Croatia v Nigeria: Group D - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images


Tactical Analysis: Sounders vs DC United - Sounder At Heart
The Seattle Sounders recorded their third win of the season in a 2-1 defeat of DC United on Saturday night. Coming in to the game, the Sounders had been shut out in 7 of their 10 matchups.

2018 Sounders FC Alliance Scarf Design Contest, presented by Alliance Council | Seattle Sounders FC
All entries must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM PST on July 9, 2018 to be considered.

Seattle Sounders FC adidas Rave Green Jersey Hook Scarf
You Will Hear Us scarf, approved by SaH

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Former RSL coach Jason Kreis, twice-fired, deserves patience - RSL Soapbox
The former RSL head honcho deserves a club that will show him the patience any coach needs.

The 7 Best MLS players at the 2018 World Cup
Gustav and Roman make the list

Residency Week 2018: 100 goal Whitecaps U17s looking to do some damage in the USSDA playoffs – AFTN


On Press, Huerta, And All The Futures That Never Happened - Hot Time In Old Town
Even when you know the way it’s gonna blow, it’s hard to get around the wind

Don’t Forget The Happy Thoughts: The Red Stars React To The Midseason Trade - Hot Time In Old Town
Some player reactions amidst some major roster moves

Morgan Brian Returns To The Red Stars - Hot Time In Old Town
The USWNT midfielder is back in Chicago

Christen Press and Utah Royals FC: what’s next? - RSL Soapbox
Utah Royals FC have acquired the NWSL rights to USWNT star Christen Press – when are we likely to see her in a Utah shirt?

Moving Pieces and Ripple Effects » Our Game Magazine
The collapse of the Boston Breakers set the table for the 2018 NWSL season.


Madison Soccer Goes Pro: A Q&A With Peter Wilt | Madison365

US soccer

FIFA should give U.S., Mexico and Canada automatic qualification to 2026 World Cup - Stars and Stripes FC
Not doing so would set a dangerous precedent.

World soccer

Copy of Pressing, Defensive Lines, and What Defensive Actions Correlate with Goals — American Soccer Analysis
How do you analytically measure a high defensive line and defensive pressing (see StatsBomb pressing index and Jamon's piece from a couple weeks ago)? Do we have enough data and information to analyze this behavior? If we do, how do these tactics impact the performance of a team?

World Cup

Beer supply running low in Moscow during World Cup
Beer-guzzling fans risk drinking parts of Moscow dry, with some bars and restaurants in the Russian capital saying they are running low.

The Infamous Sochi Drug-Testing Lab Is Now a Gastro Pub - The New York Times
World Cup fans are eating and drinking at the facility that was home to the scheme that corrupted the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Manuel Neuer hints at tension in the German locker room as Jogi Löw searches for an answer - Bavarian Football Works
A heated team discussion delayed Neuer’s press conference by 45 minutes, but Germany’s captain is confident Die Mannschaft remains united and focused on advancing.

Nigeria World Cup chicken story is 'ridiculous' say supporters
Nigerian football fan groups have been left bemused by reports of a request to Russian officials to have live chickens taken into World Cup venues.

Son Heung-min hoping for World Cup miracle to avoid military service | John Duerden | Football | The Guardian
South Korea forward will earn an exemption if team do the seemingly impossible – otherwise all may rest on Asian Games

On international rankings, FIFA vs. Elo | Soc Takes
What are the differences between the FIFA World Ranking system and the World Football Elo Ratings, and which one is better?

The Science Behind South Korea's Race-Based World Cup Strategy : Code Switch : NPR
South Korea's men's soccer team tried to confuse scouts from Sweden's team by swapping jerseys so their opponent couldn't tell the players apart. But could a strategy like that actually work?

World Cup 2018: Panic index for Germany, Spain, Argentina, Brazil and more -
Who among the best in the world are freaking out right now?

World Cup 2018: Sadio Mane and the dangerous language around the Senegal team -
Senegal beat Poland in their World Cup match not because of their physicality, but because they were the better team.

Colombia red card vs. Japan: An open letter to Carlos Sanchez -
Dear Carlos: Where do I begin?

Japan’s existential frog mascot is the secret best part of the World Cup -

FIFA Investigating Anti-Gay Chants by Mexican Fans at World Cup in Russia: VIDEO - Towleroad
FIFA is investigating reports that Mexican fans have been using the anti-gay chant "puto" during their World Cup win against Germany this week.

Cultural stuff that I’m going to publish whether you want to read it or not

Drop-in sessions this month on Magnolia Bridge planning study - Queen Anne & Magnolia News
The Seattle Department of Transportation has announced four community drop-in sessions throughout the month of June to gather feedback and discuss the three pos

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