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Seattle

Kickin' Cancer At CenturyLink Field | Seattle's Sports Radio 950 KJR
Join Sports Radio KJR today as they are s ‘Kickin’ Cancer at CenturyLink Field’ and raising money for Strong Against Cancer and the KJR Kares-a-thon benefiting Seattle Children’s Hospital!

Yet another record has fallen. Atlanta United FC broke the Sounders Lamar Hunt US Open Cup attendance record last night.

To steal from our very own Realio, that’s the most people ever to watch a team lose at home in the Open Cup.

Union Station – Seattle, Washington - Atlas Obscura

Soccer Technology and Innovation – Ravi Ramineni, Seattle Sounders
Ravi Ramineni is the director of soccer analytics for the Seattle Sounders. For the past six years, he has played a critical role in creating and evolving his club's data analytics strategy. Ramineni believes GPS and optical tracking have made the most significant impact on the game.

Lights FC used unconventional methods to handle turnaround – Las Vegas Review-Journal
The Lights faced a three-day turnaround before their match with Seattle Sounders FC 2 on Saturday, but by training less, the team came away with a 4-1 win.

MLS

PSV spokesman: McKalla site resolution threatens MLS move to Austin
While four Austin City Council members put out a release Wednesday detailing plans for an “open and fair process on McKalla Place,” a spokesman for Precourt Sports Ventures said that process could kill plans for a Major League Soccer team in Austin.

US Open Cup

U.S. OPEN CUP RECAP: Atlanta United knocked out by Chicago Fire 1-0 - Dirty South Soccer
There’s always next year.

Orlando City vs. D.C. United, U.S. Open Cup: Final Score 1-1 with Lions Advancing on Penalties - The Mane Land
The Lions are through to the quarterfinals!

Open Cup Blessings: LAFC 3, Sacramento Republic FC 2 - Angels on Parade
They had to work again for it, but LAFC avoid upset.

USA

Happy U.S. Soccer Financial Disclosure Day! – SOCCERESQ
Okay, that's not a real day (and let us hope it never is). But the USSF has finally released its Audited Statement for FY 2017. In that includes an "explanation" of the financials of the 2016 Copa América Centenario. It's about as clear as mud, especially if you're not an accountant.

Bid Now for Autographed U.S. Soccer Rainbow-Numbered Jerseys - U.S. Soccer
The U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Team autographed, game-issued jerseys from their matches in June are now available via an online auction with all net proceeds going to benefit the You Can Play Project. Both teams donned rainbow-numbered jerseys in recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month.

From the Pitch - Playing for Pride
June is Pride Month, providing a spotlight for a number of initiatives aimed at supporting the LGBTQ community. One such project that has made its way onto the pitch is the Playing for Pride project, conceptualized and championed by North Carolina FC midfielder Austin da Luz.

World

American referee is accused in bizarre jersey flap involving Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe
American referee Mark Geiger was at the center of a World Cup controversy involving Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe, after a bizarre accusation that he asked for a player’s jersey.

Female Reporter Sexually Assaulted on Live TV at World Cup
Sigh.

World Cup 2018 Dark Horse Power Ranking - SBNation.com
Mexico, Senegal, Uruguay, Colombia ... who is going to make a run to a Final?