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Seattle

Ichi-who? Suzuki sits on M's bench in fake mustache disguise
Just who was that guy sitting on the Seattle Mariners bench, the odd fellow with the bushy mustache, shades and a hoodie?

The View from the Sidelines: Washington Spirit vs Seattle Reign – Backline Soccer

Sounders FC teammates Steve Zakuani and James Riley chat World Cup & making a difference | king5.com
Steve Zakuani and former Sounders FC teammate/current Sounders FC broadcasting partner James Riley previewed upcoming Rising Leaders event and the 4th Annual Zakuani and Friends charity soccer match, then tackled some World Cup-themed New Day Hot Topics.

Expect long delays: widespread Seattle traffic and closures this weekend | king5.com
Brace yourself for closures, road work, and events.

Soccer.Life
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MLS

Tata on Club America's interest in Martinez: "Atlanta don't need to sell" | MLSsoccer.com

Why Sacramento Republic FC Makes Sense For Major League Soccer
Sacramento Republic FC is still waiting patiently for its ticket to the MLS. Team executive Ben Gumpert discusses why the market fundamentals are very much in Sactown's favor.

World soccer

Johannsson has no regrets about choosing USMNT over World Cup debutant Iceland

Dear Chinese Men, Soccer Is Not a Boys’ Club
Yes, I love watching the sport. No, it’s not because of the men in tight shorts.

Andreas Heraf stood down from New Zealand women’s football team following player complaints | The Guardian
The most powerful coach at New Zealand Football has been stood down following a player revolt over his methods.

World Cup

2018 World Cup TV Ratings Are Down 44% From 2014 - Bloomberg
Through the first round of games in the 2018 World Cup, TV viewership from the U.S. has dropped about 44 percent compared with the last tournament in 2014, according to data from Nielsen.

Mexico vs. Germany, a win that felt different - FMF State Of Mind
There was something different about Mexico’s surprise win over Germany.

Fifa World Cup: whose fans travel furthest to watch their team? Find out how far supporters go to follow their heroes at Russia 2018 | South China Morning Post
Oh, the places they'll go. Loyal World Cup fans who follow their country's team at Russia 2018 will traverse the world's largest nation, but who travels furthest?

20 years later, Jesus Gallardo makes the same mistake as Luis Hernandez - FMF State Of Mind
Jesus Gallardo might get European interest after Sunday but he’s already set to join Monterrey.

World Cup 2018: Did Lionel Messi fail Argentina in World Cup? Or did they fail him? - SBNation.com
Messi wasn’t good in Argentina vs. Croatia, tactics doomed him before the match began.

Argentina's World Cup spiraling out of control for Messi & Co. | SI.com
It's becoming evident that the best chance for Lionel Messi and this generation of Argentina players has passed. An uninspired showing vs. Croatia was the result of few ideas, horrible errors and no spirit, and their World Cup could be ending sooner than later.

World Cup 2018: American immigrants share what it means to watch the tournament - SBNation.com
An exploration of identity among the United States’ immigrant community as the world prepared for 2018 World Cup in Russia.

World Cup 2018: Say goodbye to lovable (and doomed) Morocco - SBNation.com
Morocco are a sad reminder that soccer is an unfair sport and it’s best not to try.

Mexico receive fine and warning for homophobic chant - FMF State Of Mind
Another game, another fine for Mexico.

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I ordered and tasted all of the IHOP burgers, for journalism
When Kate Bernot was but a wee journalism student in college—slaving away long nights at the campus’ daily paper and suffering shitty unpaid internships—she dreamed of the important, impactful reporting she would one day accomplish as a real reporter. Here is payoff for all that sweat and those tears: she ate all the burgers at the International House Of Pancakes Burgers, and prepared for you a full dispatch.

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