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Seattle

Megan Rapinoe wins ESPY Award for Best NWSL Player
Here are all the winners from the 26th ESPY Awards, ESPN's celebration of all things sports.

Where in the world is Chris Henderson? An in-depth look at Seattle Sounders scouting | Seattle Sounders FC

Atlanta United vs. Seattle Sounders sets MLS regular season TV record - Dirty South Soccer
There’s a new high watermark for MLS regular season viewership

PRO admits missed penalty in Atlanta United vs. Seattle
You saw it. The Video Assistant Referee did not.

Condon: Minor-league soccer could come to Spokane with construction of downtown stadium | The Spokesman-Review
As the Spokane School Board weighs its options for asking voters to approve a new bond measure that would bring high school athletics downtown, Mayor David Condon is making the hard sell by floating the possibility of professional soccer coming to the Lilac City.

MLS

San Jose Earthquakes GM defends coach from criticism
San Jose Earthquakes coach Mikael Stahre got full backing from general manager Jesse Fioranelli despite fans' criticisms.

GM Jesse Fioranelli is at the epicenter of San Jose Earthquakes' troubles
The San Jose Earthquakes have won just twice in 19 MLS contests this season, and many of the Quakes' woes can be traced back to GM Jesse Fioranelli.

Rapids schedule exhibition match in Memphis in September... why? - Burgundy Wave
Because Tim Howard is an advisor for the Memphis USL side.

Stejskal: English club Bristol City make big bid for Crew SC's Zack Steffen | MLSsoccer.com

Mike Petke suspended two games, fined $10,000 for post-game interview - RSL Soapbox
RSL head coach Mike Petke was handed a two-game suspension and a hefty fine for heated comments he made after the last game against Minnesota United FC.

Los Angeles billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong might not buy into D.C. United after all - The Washington Post
Situation remains fluid, as Jason Levien looks to join with other investors.

Minnesota United continue run, defeat New England Revolution
The timing couldn’t have been better.

Soccer: FC Dallas lining up a Diaz replacement? | SportsDay
FC Dallas have been linked with Chilean attacking midfielder Pablo Aránguiz by a leading Chilean national broadcaster.

US Open Cup

Philadelphia Union defeat Orlando City 1-0 to advance to US Open Cup semifinals
Bedoya’s goal has the Union within two wins of silverware.

Chicago Fire dismantle Louisville City in US Open Cup quarterfinal action
The Fire put four on the board

Houston Dynamo dispatch Sporting Kansas City 4-2
Quioto, Manotas record braces in Dynamo win.

On to the Semifinals: LAFC 3, Portland Timbers 2
LAFC rack up another win over Portland to advance in the U.S. Open Cup.

LAFC forward Adama Diomande claims he was called racial slur on field
Incident happened around U.S. Open Cup game vs. Portland Timbers.

NWSL

Jaelene Hinkle got called up to the USWNT. Now what? - Stars and Stripes FC
So there’s a homophobe on your team.

What Happened When I Tried to Play Men’s Soccer | By Stephanie Labbé
I called a bunch of coaches in men’s soccer. They told me that there was no way I was ever going to play on a men’s team. They were wrong.

World soccer

Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic not paying attention to transfer rumours
Christian Pulisic said that he is focused on his preseason ahead of Borussia Dortmund's trip to the U.S. as transfer rumours continue to swirl.

Official: Manchester City loan out USA midfielder to South Korean side Ulsan Hyundai – City Watch

Training Ground Guru | Coaching revolution that took Belgium to top of world
AFTER crashing out of Euro 2000 in the first round, Belgium implemented a coaching revolution that took them to the top of the world. Kris Van der Haegen explains how they did it.

Report: Cristiano Ronaldo won’t travel with Juventus to Atlanta for MLS All-Star Game - Dirty South Soccer
Not really a surprise.

Paul Pogba was the leader France needed for the 2018 World Cup - SBNation.com
Paul Pogba was the center of France’s diversity and inclusiveness

FC Barcelona Women’s Team to Join Men’s Team on US Tour - Barca Blaugranes
They will be in Beaverton, Orgeon, and Los Angeles, California.