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Major Link Soccer: Audi Field is real, opens Saturday

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Audi Under Investigation For Possible Further Emissions Manipulation
This is a tower of Audis, not Audi Field
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Seattle soccer

Sounders at the halfway point: Underperforming and looking for direction | The Seattle Times
With just 16 points at the halfway mark, the Sounders have run out of leeway when it comes to turning their season around. They need to figure out which players will help them steal some unexpected victories against top-flight opponents the final 17 games if they're to make the playoffs

Seyi Adekoya signs with Danish team | bold.dk
It remains unclear how this may affect his roster status with Sounders.

Sounders have Reserve Roster Spot open - Sounder At Heart
With Seyi Adekoya signing in Denmark Seattle can sign another player.

Atlanta United vs. Seattle: 4 questions
Atlanta United will host Seattle at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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GOOD NEWS FOR SOME SOUNDERS | Tacoma Weekly
There are several soccer teams in the Puget Sound that wear the rave green and sounder blue of the Seattle Sounders. Local fans are well aware of the rough year that the two big clubs have been going through. However, there some other teams representing the Sounders culture that are not only successful, but playing…

On being an outsider - The Presbyterian Outlook

Cultural stuff moved up because it’s more like Seattle than it is the World Cup

Even in retirement, original employee Sandy Gregory ‘will always be a Seahawk’ | The Seattle Times
Gregory started as an administrative assistant in public relations in 1976, six months before the franchise’s first game. She left as the beacon of their community outreach and the vital liaison to former players, who got the Gregory touch whether they were Hall of Famers or third-stringers.

Fortnite season 5 introduces temporal rifts, golf carts, and new locations - The Verge
Season 5 of Fortnite is available, and it adds new areas to the map, strange new temporal rifts, and a four-person vehicle to drive. As for those rifts that appear all over the map, they’re now interactive.

The 10 Best Ice Cream Parlors in Washington State!
The 10 Best Ice Cream Parlors in Washington State!

MLS

As D.C. United opens Audi Field, some of its best-known fans remain bitter about ticket policy - The Washington Post
The atmosphere at United games has long been heightened by raucous supporters’ groups. But some will skip opening night at the club’s new stadium, feeling shut out after United entered an official partnership with one of the groups earlier this year.

Wayne Rooney and Ben Olsen talk after D.C. United’s practice - Black And Red United
Wayne Rooney, Ben Olsen talk about the accelerated process of getting United’s new star ready for the Audi Field opener

D.C. United open Audi Field with ribbon cutting ceremony - Black And Red United
Monday’s ceremony marked the beginning of the week in which Audi Field will finally make its debut

Jaime Moreno desafía con humor a Wayne Rooney: “Mi camiseta es un poco pesadita; a ver si la aguanta”
El exdelantero boliviano -máximo ídolo histórico de D.C. United- se refirió a la nueva etapa que comienza para el club con el fichaje del inglés y la inauguración del Audi Field.

Armchair Analyst: Handing out the grades for every team at midseason | MLSsoccer.com
Sounders probably deserve their "D" but no mention of their injuries? That seems a bit disingenous.

LAFC take up Omar Gaber's option, transfer him to Egyptian side Pyramids FC | MLSsoccer.com

Boehm: A long road ends while new ones begin at Development Academy finals | MLSsoccer.com

Columbus Crew SC linked with D.C. United’s Patrick Mullins - Massive Report
Taylor Twellman has said the forward looks to be headed to Columbus.

Beyond The Pitch: Sebastian Saucedo is Proud of his Park City Roots | Real Salt Lake

USL

D.C. United updates logo for pending Loudoun USL team - Black And Red United
Looks good, and a little more Loudoun-esque as 2019 comes.

2018 Fans’ Choice USL Midseason Awards

US soccer

USWNT and Coach Jill Ellis are gearing up for World Cup one year away - The Washington Post
Ellis, in Moscow at the men's World Cup, discusses building her team's roster, as well as equity in how FIFA runs the men's and women's games.

Timothy Weah - I want to become United States' greatest talent ever
United States and Paris Saint-Germain rising star Timothy Weah says he wants to become his country's greatest-ever footballing export.

World soccer

EXCLUSIVE: Future of MP & Silva in doubt as agency defaults on payments to multiple rights-holders | SportBusiness Group
The MP & Silva agency has defaulted on payments to multiple sports rights-holders, TV Sports Markets understands, raising questions about its future.

Mexican Federation plans on renewing Juan Carlos Osorio’s contract - FMF State Of Mind
Juan Carlos Osorio has been offered a new contract, according to reports.

Do Headers In Soccer Lead to Brain Injuries? – Grandstand Central
Some of the most glorious goals of the World Cup have come via header. But are all those little soccer plays causing concussions and leading to long-term brain damage?

World Cup

World Cup 2018: England failed to be England, and it was beautiful - SBNation.com
A country whose chief export is militant pessimism had a beautiful, happy ride to a semifinal, and it was weird for all of us.

World Cup 2018 final: Croatia had a grueling run, but kept getting better - SBNation.com
An ode to the toughest, most courageous team at the 2018 World Cup before they face France in the final.

World Cup 2018: France midfielder N’Golo Kante deserves the Golden Ball - SBNation.com
France’s midfielder has been the best player at the tournament, and a big reason they’re going to a World Cup Final.

World Cup 2018: 5 players who earned big contracts at the World Cup - SBNation.com
These five players have used the World Cup as a major stage to advance their careers.

FIFA warns TV to cut out cutaways of “hot” female fans in anti-sexism drive | Lancashire Telegraph
FIFA’s diversity boss Federico Addiechi says the federation has warned some broadcasters about their gratuitous shots of attractive female fans.

Tata Martino not impressed with the style of play in the 2018 World Cup - Dirty South Soccer
El Tata, the contrarian.