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Pretty rad. Also, all the news you missed from the weekend, including Snoop Dogg’s take on the rise of LAFC.

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Seattle

Former Kitsap goalkeeper Zac Lubin cherishes short stay with Sounders
Goalkeeper Zac Lubin said it was a dream spending four days on loan with the Seattle Sounders

Seattle U-23 drops visiting Highlanders
Seattle Sounders U-23 defeated the Victoria Highlanders 3-1 in Premier Development League soccer action Friday night in Washington state. Victoria fell to 4-8 while Sounders U-23 improved to 5-4-3.

Dash lose on the road against Seattle Reign FC - Dynamo Theory
The view from the other side after Megan Rapinoe scored a goal and added two assists for Seattle.

Jordan McCrary talks about his time with the Revolution - The Bent Musket
McCrary notes that communication between him and the Seattle coaches is better than what he experienced in New England.

Sue Bird becomes Storm's all-time scorer in win over Mystics
Sue Bird scored 21 while setting the franchise scoring mark to help the Seattle Storm beat the Washington Mystics 97-91 on Sunday.

Megan Rapinoe sets franchise record for goals and wins game all in the same penalty kick | The Seattle Times
Speaking of franchise records, ‘Pinoe’s successful penalty kick gave her 33 goals, the most in Seattle franchise history. The shot to the left corner of the net in the 56th minute was the go-ahead goal in an eventual 3-1 victory for Seattle

Lifetime Player Spotlight: Carson Pickett, Orlando Pride (and former Seattle Reign player)
In the Week 15 Lifetime Player Spotlight, Orlando Pride defender Carson Pickett talks about what makes her unique, her love for for soccer and being an inspiration to others.

SECOND HALF SURGE LIFTS SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC U-16/17 TO ACADEMY CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL
The kids will face Atlanta United FC for the title.

Commentary: Rugby doesn’t have to be your thing to celebrate Seattle’s newest champions – Q13 FOX News
Seattle winning championships is always exciting.

BOZICH | The best college soccer goalie in America is from Louis - WDRB 41 Louisville News
The best college soccer goalie in America is from Louisville (and Indiana University), and Trey Muse is facing a series of decisions.

Major League Soccer

New York City 1, New York 0 - as it happened! - Hudson River Blue
Hudson River Derby time again! The Pigeons took their first derby win of the year after two consecutive maulings.

Ben Olsen talks Wayne Rooney, Audi Field after Rooney’s first practice - Black And Red United
With Rooney arriving and Audi Field set to be christened next week, United’s manager knows the pressure is on for the Black-and-Red.

Armchair Analyst: SKC's depth charge, NY debuts & more from Week 19 | MLSsoccer.com
"The Sounders have 15 goals, and an outside chance of catching Josef Martinez in the Golden Boot race." Ouch.

Six Degrees: Only Close Wins - Stumptown Footy
Portland 2, San Jose 1.

Running Wild: LAFC 4, Orlando City 1 - Angels on Parade
LAFC rebounded from a disappointing draw with an emphatic win.

LAFC may be on the verge of blowing MLS away - Angels on Parade
The expansion team is on the verge of finally having a full-strength squad.

Confident LA Galaxy blowout Columbus Crew 4-0 - LAG Confidential
All the hype pre-game was on Gyasi Zardes returning to his old stomping grounds, but it was Ola Kamara’s 42nd minute strike that kicked off a comprehensive victory over the Columbus Crew.

LA Galaxy fan Snoop Dogg sets record straight on LAFC - LAG Confidential
"They ain’t the Galaxy"

Recap: #IMFC vs #Rapids96 - Mount Royal Soccer
Impact keep their winning streak going and climb into a playoff spot.

Juice Boxes and Post Game Stats: Besler Sets Another Record - The Blue Testament
Stats and milestones from yesterday’s game.

Sporting KC 2-2 Toronto FC: Hamilton equalizer saves a point - Waking The Red
Still on the road...

Houston Dynamo top Minnesota United as Senderos scores brace - Dynamo Theory
Senderos can’t stop scoring as Dynamo win at home.

Real Salt Lake downs Dallas 2-0 - RSL Soapbox
RSL has almost no trouble putting the game to bed against the western conference leaders, making it a perfect week with 6 points in 2 games.

Revolution disappointed with draw at home - The Bent Musket
Agudelo: "We know what quality we possess individually as players, so we definitely take this as a loss."

Match Review: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Chicago Fire - Eighty Six Forever
Recapping a desperate 3-2 victory by the Caps.

Philadelphia Union vs. Atlanta United, recap: Five Stripes bounce back in Philly - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta United is back in the W column.

Carlos Vela, dos Santos brothers return to MLS action - FMF State Of Mind
Life’s back to normal in MLS.

Revolution interested in adding 1-2 players in the summer transfer window - The Bent Musket
The Revs won’t be complacent despite having a solid first half of the season.

NWSL

Thorns stomp Utah Royals 4-0, Diana Matheson stomps Midge Purce’s ankle - Stumptown Footy
Portland vaulted into third place in the NWSL tonight with a decisive 4-0 win over the Utah Royals.

As F*cking Advertised: Sky Blue FC 1, Chicago Red Stars 3, NWSL game recap - Hot Time In Old Town
Sam Kerr stomped her old team, and Chicago keeps rolling along.

Washington Spirit can’t hold off Marta, Orlando Pride in 2-1 defeat - Black And Red United
Marta scored the game winning goal in the 85th minute.

Paul Riley discusses the explosive NC Courage attack - Dirty South Soccer
It’s been fun to watch.

Patrick Soon-Shiong: “Soon I will be the majority owner of D.C. United” - Black And Red United
Straight from the billionaire’s mouth.

United States

Why Jorge Sampaoli would be a disaster for the USMNT - Stars and Stripes FC
Rumors are coming hard and fast, but this one would be trouble.

What Exactly is Preventing US Soccer and MLS from Participating in the FIFA Solidarity/Training Compensation System? – SOCCERESQ
(Fake?) News reports of Tottenham Hotspur tendering a $58 million offer for the services of Christian Pulisic have once again raised the issue of training compensation.

World Cup

England Takes Another Step Toward Bringing ‘It’ Home - The New York Times
England advances to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1990 after beating Sweden, 2-0.

Red Cross of Jalisco pokes fun at Neymar - FMF State Of Mind
People are having fun at the expense of Brazil.

World Cup passion let loose among Victoria fans
In 2026 as co-host, Canadian soccer fans will be able to cheer on their own team in the World Cup. Until then, a peculiarly Canadian quadrennial sporting tribal dance continues in a nation of immigrants.

World Cup 2018: Raheem Sterling misses are haunting him on the field - SBNation.com
Missed chances for the England man, and the way they affect a striker.

World Cup success offers cheer and hope to a divided England | Reuters
Everyone loves a winner, but the English public's embrace of its national team goes beyond the routine pride in sporting success.

Croatia vs. Russia result: Final score 4-3 on penalties, hosts exit World Cup - SBNation.com
Ivan Rakitic scored the final spot kick after a dramatic extra time period, and Croatia has a semifinal date with England.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham bet on Sweden-England - LAG Confidential
Who knew Ibra really digs IKEA?

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I didn't get it at the time, but D&D let people safely try out aspects of their personalities --- often dark, evil sides, or extroverted or flirtatious --- they could not or would not flex in "real life."

Why we can't stop watching the Thai cave rescue (opinion) - CNN
Jay Parini writes that people around the world are riveted by the Thai cave rescue because it's inspiring to watch an international team of divers work together toward a common and selfless goal.

The Nonsense-y Polaris Slingshot Is the Future of Driving
Like a street snowmobile.

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Check out how Welsh archaeological sites are located from the air using cropmarks.