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Major Link Soccer: FC Cincinnati sign Fanendo Adi, Fatai Alashe

Ohio’s second MLS team is getting started early. Lots of Seattle Reign players in the news. Qatar allegedly sabotaged World Cup 2022 hosting rivals.

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Seattle

Mike Anthony: Megan Rapinoe Has Played Her Way Onto A World Platform She's Using Wisely - Hartford Courant
Megan Rapinoe featured while in East Hartford of Sunday's Tournament of Nations game against Australia.

Former USWNT player says USSF decision to call up Jaelene Hinkle sends an ‘extremely unfortunate’ message – The Athletic
The Athletic spoke to a former U.S. women's national team player who says current members of the team are likely more upset about Jaelene Hinkle's call-up than they feel free to publicly express.

Zillow analysis finds Seattle among top cities in U.S. where it pays to move away from urban core – GeekWire
Finding a place to buy or rent that’s considered affordable by today’s standards means moving at least 15 minutes from the urban core.

Sounders’ annual turnaround is right on schedule — but will it be enough this season? | The Seattle Times
Geoff Baker considers the Sounders’ streak.

Chinese bikeshare company Ofo is shutting down in Seattle amid widespread US layoffs – GeekWire
Ofo, the Beijing-based dockless bikesharing giant, is shutting down operations in Seattle.

015: Lydia Williams of the Matildas - The Six-Yard Box
A wide-ranging interview with the Reign ‘keeper.

Lights FC earns 2 red cards in loss to Seattle – Las Vegas Review-Journal
Lights defender Marcelo Alatorre picked up his second yellow card in the 45th minute and midfielder Carlos Alvarez received a red in first-half stoppage time in the team’s 3-0 loss to the Sounders 2.

A Black Queen in the Seattle Reign
Another feature on a Reign player, this time it’s Ghanaian midfielder Elizabeth Addo.

Personal Announcement: I’m Joining The Athletic as a Contributor – SOCCERESQ
Miki Turner will be writing for The Athletic.

Major League Soccer

You are Romain Alessandrini - LAG Confidential
A Choose Your Own Adventure.

LA Galaxy top Orlando City 4-3 in epic comeback - LAG Confidential
LA extend the unbeaten streak thanks to a Zlatan hat trick.

WATCH: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores first MLS hat trick - LAG Confidential

FC Cincinnati to sign Fatai Alashe from MLS’ San Jose Earthquakes
The defensive midfielder is expected to sign with FC Cincinnati on Monday.

Fanendo Adi to play last match as a Portland Timber - Stumptown Footy
Tonight’s match will be the striker’s last with the Timbers.

Portland Timbers acquire in excess of $850,000 in Allocation Money, future considerations from FC Cincinnati in exchange for striker Fanendo Adi | Portland Timbers.

FC Cincinnati unveil FW Fanendo Adi, MF Fatai Alashe as first MLS signings | MLSsoccer.com

Watch Wayne Rooney’s first MLS goal for D.C. United - Black And Red United
United’s new captain beat Tim Howard for his first MLS goal tonight.

LAFC, The 3252 post statement following fan violence at LA Galaxy game - Angels on Parade
Their efforts to stamp out the chant worked — hopefully this does, too.

Alphonso Davies will join Bayern Munich’s first team, not Bayern II - Bavarian Football Works
Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirms that Bayern Munich will have a new winger on the squad as of January 1, 2019.

107 Independent Supporters Trust - The Sunshine Flag vs the Rising Sun
The Timbers Army consider their symbology.

North America

The real value of NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, EPL, MLS, franchises - Business Insider
The actual value of a pro sports team is ultimately whatever somebody is willing to pay for it, just ask Steve Ballmer.

How to address the issue of money over quality in the U.S. game - Stars and Stripes FC
Part 1 of a three-part series looks at the metrics that define success in soccer in the U.S. and around the world

Tournament of Nations: USA manages to hold out for 1-1 draw against strong Australia - Stars and Stripes FC
Megan Rapinoe kept trying to throw ideas at the wall to see what would stick and eventually one did.

(Satire) Canadian Premier League Hires Biff Tannen as Director of Content - Eighty Six Forever
Not sure this is really satire...

San Antonio FC's late flurry puts an end to Energy FC's eight-match unbeaten streak
The Greens were up a goal at the 72-minute mark, but San Antonio FC scored twice in the final 20 minutes to rally for a 2-1 victory at Taft Stadium.

USOC dismisses Hope Solo's complaint about US Soccer
The U.S. Olympic Committee has dismissed a complaint by former U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo that accused the U.S. Soccer Federati

Remarks to US Youth Soccer Annual General Meeting - July 28, 2018 - U.S. Soccer
U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro's remarks to US Youth Soccer's Annual General Meeting on July 28, 2018.

Rumor: Pulisic to reunite with Klopp at Liverpool? - The Liverpool Offside
The American star is reportedly available this summer.

7 USMNT players set for a breakout season - Stars and Stripes FC
These players are ready to make a name for themselves in Europe.

Former USWNT player says USSF decision to call up Jaelene Hinkle sends an ‘extremely unfortunate’ message – The Athletic
The Athletic spoke to a former U.S. women's national team player who says current members of the team are likely more upset about Jaelene Hinkle's call-up than they feel free to publicly express.

World

Exclusive: Qatar sabotaged 2022 World Cup rivals with ‘black ops’ | News | The Sunday Times
The controversial Qatar World Cup bid team broke Fifa’s rules by running a secret “black operations” campaign to sabotage rivals competing to host the tournament, according to documents leaked to The Sunday Times.

Bayern CEO says German football should stop promoting populism - Bavarian Football Works
German football as a whole needs to grow, not just the most successful clubs, according to Rummenigge.

Mourinho offers scathing critique of Man U's preseason showings: 'I wouldn't pay to watch that' | Soccer | Sporting News
Ouch.

The Best FIFA Football Awards™ - FIFA.com
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Amazon has selected its showrunners for its Lord of the Rings show - The Verge
Amazon’s big Middle-earth-set show based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien is slowly moving forward. During this week’s Television Critics Association press tour, the company says that it has brought on two writers, JD Payne and Patrick McKay to write and develop the series.

The ABCs of D&D: Ivan Van Norman: 9780786966660: Amazon.com: Books
A child can get their first glimpse into the world of Dungeons & Dragons, even as they learn the alphabet