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France ends Croatia’s exciting run, in style. DC United debut a stadium and a striker. Eden Hazard signals he wants a move.

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Seattle

Ahead of the World Cup final, Jordy Delem reflects on playing against Kylian Mbappé and Paul Pogba in France | Seattle Sounders FC

Calgary Foothills FC wrap up regular season with win over Sounders U23
Calgary Foothills FC wrapped up an excellent regular season with a 2-0 victory over Seattle Sounders U23 in Okotoks Saturday afternoon.

king5.com | West Seattle store closing up shop after 50 years
A beloved West Seattle shop prepares to close its doors this fall.

Seattle drinker's bizarre pint of Guinness mixed with Sprit goes viral | Daily Mail Online
A drinker has horrified people online by ordering a Guinness and Sprite cocktail. Journalist Ross Maghielse saw the bizarre beverage while visiting a bar in Seattle, and shared a photo of the drink online

How the Mariners’ digital and physical marketing blitz helped get Jean Segura to the All-Star Game – GeekWire
It took t-shirts, bagels, placards, hashtags, autographs, coffee, gift cards, videos, photos, and a lot of sore thumbs.

Major League Soccer

Upset D.C. United Fans Make Their Voices Heard During Audi Field Protest
There is a simmering tension between the club and two of three of its supporter groups, Barra Brava and the District Ultras.

All even as Portland Timbers draw Los Angeles FC 0-0; 14 unbeaten - Stumptown Footy
The Portland Timbers went to California looking to play lock-down defense in Sunday afternoon’s match against expansion side Los Angeles FC, and they were successful.

The protracted battle between Marvell Wynne and MLS that led to the end of his career

Brimstone Cup claimed: FC Dallas downs Chicago 3-1 - Big D Soccer
Dallas scores two second half goals in the win.

A night to remember for D.C. United at Audi Field - Black And Red United
Goals, a win, and a debut for Wayne Rooney helped United ring in the new stadium

Audi Field opens with D.C. United coasting past the Vancouver Whitecaps - Black And Red United
Wayne Rooney made his debut, and Asad and Arriola scored the goals in United’s win.

Recap: Loons hold on for win over RSL - E Pluribus Loonum
Quintero put in another golazo along with goals from Ibson and Ibarra.

Our City: Soccer Needs More Than a League to Flourish, it Needs a Home Orlando City DC United Audi Field - The Mane Land
The opening of D.C. United’s new home has me thinking about the importance of places for soccer in America.

Orlando City vs. Toronto FC: Final Score 2-1 as the Lions End the Streak - The Mane Land
James O’Connor’s homecoming leads to a win, his first, and a happy house.

Game Recap: Colorado Rapids 0, Houston Dynamo 0 - Burgundy Wave
The Rapids keep a clean sheet and grab a point at home on Saturday night.

Mike Petke’s post-match quotes about refereeing in RSL vs. Minnesota United - RSL Soapbox
The coach just added another legendary press conference to his arsenal.

Crew SC lose again as NYCFC score two late goals - Massive Report
Four losses in five for the Crew.

Recap: #NYCFC vs #IMFC - Mount Royal Soccer
Impact winning streak halted by formidable opponent.

LA Galaxy shock New England Revolution 3-2 - LAG Confidential
LA were poor but managed to steal all three points

Rzatkowski Brace Lifts RBNY to victory - Once A Metro
Marc Rzatkowski scores two big goals for a comeback win over Sporting Kansas City

Boehm: Reflections on “one of the great nights in DC United history” | MLSsoccer.com

D.C. United reporter Lindsay Simpson hit in head by falling metal railing at brand-new Audi Field
Echoes of the past.

Lack of Preparation, Green Space Debate, Marlins Park Trauma Dominates the Fight for Miami Freedom Park | TYAC
The Miami City Commission's decision this week to defer a final call on Miami Freedom Park is the latest in a series of setbacks for Jorge Mas and David Beckham.

NWSL

Orlando Pride vs. Utah Royals FC: Final Score 2-1 as Pride Come From Behind to Win - The Mane Land
Kristen Edmonds’ sensational strike helped the Pride to a much-needed victory.

Black Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose: Chicago Red Stars 1, Seattle Reign 0, NWSL Game Recap - Hot Time In Old Town
Kerr pulled through for injured teammates in a statement game.

Sky Blue FC Drops 4-0 Result Against North Carolina Courage - Once A Metro
Lynn Williams scores a hat trick to lead the Courage offense.

Non-allocated players at center of growing NWSL-USWNT tension – Equalizer Soccer

United States

Niyo: Detroit City FC constrained by its semi-pro soccer status
Le Rouge is averaging 5,500 fans at Keyworth Stadium, which is better than most clubs in the U.S. Soccer's second-tier USL circuit.

Youth Soccer Participation Has Fallen Significantly in America - The New York Times
Not having the American team in the tournament robbed officials of an opportunity to re-energize the sport among youth distracted by other diversions.

USSF announces Girls DA 2017-18 awards | Club Soccer | Youth Soccer
As the inaugural season of Girls' programming comes to a close at the 2018 Academy Championships, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy announced the awards for the Girls DA season.

Match Report: Zorros rip apart Phoenix 4-0 for third consecutive win

RGV FC Toros Signs IDEA School Graduate Brandon Morales from RGV FC Academy

Nobody’s Going to Sports in Person, and No One Seems to Care

World

Thrilling World Cup gets fitting finale as France end Croatia's dream run
Didier Deschamps got France's stars to buy into his work ethic, and the result was glory in Russia, but not before Croatia pushed them all the way.

France's World Cup formula was a success; Was it legendary? | SI.com
In six iconic, jaw-dropping minutes, France showed what it's capable of when it loosened the shackles, something that it didn't do–or have to do–en route to capturing a deserved second World Cup title.

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final
Russian protest group and Pussy Riot has claimed responsibility for four people who ran onto the field and disrupted the World Cup final.

World Cup 2018: The Moral Clarity of Pussy Riot‘s Protest | The New Yorker
Masha Gessen writes on the protest-art group Pussy Riot’s demonstration during the France-Croatia World Cup final, in which four women in Russian-police uniforms charged the field.

Brazil Favored, U.S. Has 16th-Best Odds to Win 2022 World Cup

These Women Were Told Not to Play Soccer. Instead They Formed a Team. - The New York Times
Away from the lights of the World Cup, on the African archipelago of Zanzibar, a group of Muslim women are challenging a culture that says only men can play soccer.

How to follow your favorite World Cup stars during the club season - SBNation.com
Was the 2018 World Cup your gateway into soccer? We can help you dive in deeper.

Adidas will only use recycled plastics by 2024
The global sportswear company has committed to using only recycled plastic in its products by 2024.

Around the World in 51 Soccer Movies | Village Voice
The whole planet plays it, and the whole planet makes movies about it. A journey through some famous and not-so-famous titles from around the globe.

The Google Translate World Cup - The New York Times
Many expected the tournament to see technological advances related to refereeing. Instead, an app that lets strangers communicate was the biggest winner.

Jerome Boateng racially abused by DFB’s pet comedian - Bavarian Football Works
The DFB must disassociate itself from Oliver Pocher, who has ridiculed Jerome Boateng in blackface for years.

He chutes he scores: intruder base jumps into Tottenham’s new stadium - Cartilage Free Captain
That’s one way to get a preview of Spurs’ new ground.

Real Madrid refute interest in Neymar for the second time in 10 days - Managing Madrid
Real Madrid published another official statement refuting their interest in Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, this time being the second in just 10 days.

Eden Hazard Clouds Chelsea Future Amid Real Madrid Rumors
After Belgium's third-place finish at the World Cup, Eden Hazard has suggested it might be time to "discover something different" and said he feels deserving of the tournament's Golden Ball award.

England vs. Belgium: Belgium capture third place with decisive win over England - SBNation.com
Goals from Meunier and Hazard were the difference.

2018 World Cup: Our team of the tournament - SBNation.com
Our picks for the Best XI of the 2018 World Cup.

Houston soccer expert goes global at World Cup - Houston Chronicle

The Stone-Lalas dumbumvirate sums up Fox's botched World Cup coverage | Football | The Guardian
The broadcaster’s efforts at Russia 2018 were the TV equivalent of Marouane Fellaini, a player who tries to do everything and succeeds at almost nothing.

FIFA still considering expansion to 48-team World Cup in 2022 - Stars and Stripes FC
The change could put further strain on Qatar’s efforts to be ready.

World Cup 2018: FIFA slaps $70K fine on England for wrong socks, is the worst - SBNation.com
FIFA also fined Croatia $70K for drinking the wrong kind of water.

US distributors ramp up bidding war for Serie A rights - Viola Nation
Turner Sports and ESPN lead the pack for the right to show calcio in the US.

More

The Best Fried Chicken You'll Find at a Chain Restaurant – Garden & Gun
Here's where to find the best fried chicken in the South, from fast food like Popeyes to regional chains like Biscuitville and grocery stores like Publix.

Where You Can Find Team Nerdist and Geek & Sundry at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 | Geek and Sundry
San Diego Comic-Con 2018 is just over a week away, and the team behind Nerdist and Geek & Sundry will be reporting from the show.

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Saudi Arabia's pioneering female driver
Assel Al-Hamad may only have driven a handful of laps of the Paul Ricard circuit in a Formula 1 car over the French Grand Prix weekend. But following the lifting of a ban on women drivers in her native Saudi Arabia, the significance of those laps has reverberated around the world.

The Allure of Gothic Horror | Tor.com

Baldur’s Gate designer and BioWare veteran leaves after 22 years - Polygon

Burglar stuck in Vancouver escape room panics, calls 911 - KPTV - FOX 12
Two local business owners received an early morning call from law enforcement Sunday after a burglar broke into their escape room and couldn’t find his way out.