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This tournament is fun. Collin Martin of MN United comes out publicly as gay. Also, Zakuani and Friends!

Soccer: World Cup-Spain vs Russia Sipa USA-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

Colorado Rapids vs Seattle Sounders FC: Concerts, fireworks, 4thFest activities and more | Colorado Rapids
There will be extra events and activities at the upcoming Rapids/Sounders match on Independence Day.

Fun Formations Schmetzer Won't Play - Sounder At Heart
Join in with the formation fantasy with this FanPost by Benjamin Howard.

(58) Zakuani & Friends Charity Game Presented by T-Mobile - YouTube
Relive the fun of Steve Zakuani’s annual charity match featuring none other than Obafemi Martins.

Major League Soccer

Minnesota United player Collin Martin comes out publicly as gay - StarTribune.com
The 23-year-old midfielder is the only publicly gay male athlete active in the five major pro leagues. He also is believed to be the first man in Minnesota to come out during his playing career.

Collin Martin reflects on coming out as gay - E Pluribus Loonum
Here’s the MNUFC SBN blog’s coverage of the story.

Orlando City Gives Justin Meram Three Days Off for Personal Reasons - The Mane Land
The struggling attacker will miss Saturday’s match.

World Cup

The Outstanding Goals of Ronaldo and Kroos as You’ve Never Seen Them - The New York Times
The NYTimes dissected the critical moment leading to each goal in order to fly you through the scene.

Why Paulo Dybala hasn’t seen the field at the World Cup - Black & White & Read All Over
Juve’s star man isn’t necessarily incompatible with Lionel Messi, but needs a system his coach can’t provide.

Bud Light promising fans in California free beer if Mexico beat Brazil - FMF State Of Mind
Free beer! But only if Mexico break their Round of 16 curse. (We’ll find out shortly)

Best goals of the Group Stage - Stars and Stripes FC
Just because the World Cup isn’t on, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some goals

2018 World Cup: Ranking the roughest group stage eliminations - Stars and Stripes FC
African teams had it the hardest.

Wakanda Enters the World Cup with These Gorgeous Soccer Uniforms | Nerdist
This summer, the eyes of the whole world have turned to Russia to see which country will emerge victorious at the 2018 World Cup. But one nation we wish we

Aly Wagner Is the First-Ever American Woman Announcing the World Cup for U.S. Broadcasts - Vogue
The two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Cup bronze finisher on the gravity of being the first-ever woman to call the World Cup for the U.S.

Son Heung-Min pelted with eggs by clueless idiots - Cartilage Free Captain
Sonny didn’t deserve that. People are dumb.

Joachim Löw expected to stay on as Germany coach - Bavarian Football Works
Perhaps not the news everyone wanted nor expected to hear.

World Cup 2018: VAR marks the latest stage in football's evolution – and the game will be all the different for it | The Independent
Love it or hate it, VAR is changing the game.

World Cup 2018: Fifa defends fair play criteria to rank teams - BBC Sport
Fifa defends the fair play criteria used to rank teams with equal records in the World Cup group stage.

United States

RECAP: LIGHTS FC RALLIES FROM EARLY DEFICIT TO EARN 2-2 DRAW WITH TULSA
Check in on the new USL side in their inaugural season.

Tim Weah has sights on being USMNT’s first Ballon d’Or winner – ProSoccerTalk
There's no doubting the potential in some of the U.S. Men's National Team's next generation of stars, but one in particular has his sights set on one of the biggest awards in global soccer.

Bayern Munich will field near-full strength squad on USA tour - Bavarian Football Works
There is one benefit of Germany’s early World Cup elimination.

More

RUN FREELY
Run Freely was founded with the mission to provide financial support for veterans with limb salvage conditions and in need of a solution to avoid amputation.

Disney’s flying robot stunt double can pose just like a superhero - The Verge
Disney continues to develop its animatronics — lifelike robots destined to entertain crowds in the company’s theme parks and resorts. The latest prototypes do more though; they can fly. Or, at least, they can fall with style.

D&D Group Overthrows Dungeon Master in Favor of Dungeon Democracy
A local Dungeons & Dragons collective has ousted their overreaching despot today, in what is being reported as a populist coup.

Below the Surface - Archeologische vondsten Noord/Zuidlijn Amsterdam
Scroll down the page to go back in time by way of found objects. Pretty rad.

NASA astronaut Ellison Onizuka's soccer ball that survived the Challenger explosion
In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger stunned the nation when it broke apart 73 seconds into flight. This is the story of the soccer ball that survived -- and the family that sent it into space, twice.

Television broadcasters are killing the Premier League away support - Royal Blue Mersey
Commentary on the (ir)relevance of Premier League fixture release day.