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Also, Zlatan is not happy about his suspension, Wayne Rooney creates amazing extra-time play for DC, and artists unite to protect The Showbox.

Liverpool FC v West Ham United - Premier League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Seattle

Local kids with amputations get surprise meeting with Seahawks’ Shaquem Griffin | Q13 FOX News
A group of local kids with amputations got the surprise of a lifetime at Seahawks training camp. A meeting with their new role model and the first one-handed player in NFL history, linebacker Shaquem Griffin.

Offensive punch on the way for Tacoma Stars | Tacoma Weekly
The Tacoma Stars have announced the return of International soccer player and Washington native Mike Ramos to the roster for the 2018-19 Major Arena Soccer League season.

Over 170 artists sign letter urging Seattle to save The Showbox venue | king5.com
Dave Matthew, Pearl Jam, Death Cab for Cutie and more than a hundred artists signed a letter urging Seattle to designate The Showbox venue as a part of the Pike Place Historic District.

Wildfire updates: Poor air quality continues across the Wasatch Front | KSL.com
Residents across the Wasatch Front should expect another day of poor air quality due to haze from wildfires burning across the western U.S.

The Best FIFA Football Awards™ - News - Rapinoe: I want to leave the game and the world in a better place - FIFA.com
FIFA.com speaks with The Best FIFA Women's Player 2018 nominee Megan Rapinoe in an exclusive interview to talk about her nomination, her recovery from a serious ACL injury and what she wants her legacy to be.

Here’s Cristian, protecting his postgame snack from a pack of rabid journalists:

Major League Soccer

We, The Biomass - Hot Time In Old Town
Q: Why doesn’t MLS cater to its most passionate fans? A: To them we are a resource, not a market

Wayne Rooney saves D.C. United, then creates a 96th minute winner - Black And Red United
The utterly bonkers ending of United’s win has to be seen to be believed

Zlatan Ibrahimovic criticizes one-game suspension - LAG Confidential
"I come from a different world, I come from the real world"

Petke issued fine for violating suspension vs. Colorado Rapids - RSL Soapbox
It’s unclear what happened, but it’s likely he entered the locker room.

Ernst Tanner introduced as Philadelphia Union’s new sporting director - Brotherly Game
Tanner brings 24 years of European experience to the post

LAFC issue statement in response to Diomande racism claim dismissal - Angels on Parade
Notably, LAFC are "disappointed" in Portland Timbers’ statement.

NWSL

Portland Thorns capture crucial 2-0 win over Orlando Pride | OregonLive.com
The Thorns improved their playoff prospects with a 2-0 win on the road that vaulted them into third place in the latest NWSL standings.

Buckle Up, Everybody: Chicago Red Stars 1, North Carolina Courage 1, NWSL Game Recap - Hot Time In Old Town
Chicago takes a point off the Shield winners, and the playoff race is on.

USL

John Harkes expected to be Greenville Triumph SC's first head coach | Soc Takes

United States

Tim Weah scores in PSG’s season opener - Stars and Stripes FC
A hot start for the young star.

Emmanuel Sabbi should be the next young attacker to get a USMNT chance - Stars and Stripes FC
Another much needed striker option for the Americans.

Where in Europe will you find American players? - Stars and Stripes FC
The continent has a lot of soccer, and everywhere you turn, there will be an American to watch

U.S. Soccer doesn’t need to hire a USMNT U-23 coach - Stars and Stripes FC
The best candidate is already employed.

World

Soccer Power Rankings: Liverpool, Chelsea climb after impressive Premier League openers - CBSSports.com
Ranking the top 25 soccer clubs in the world as the European season gets underway.

Women’s Football Ludlow piles the pressure on Neville as Wales coach pens new four-year deal | Morning Star

Premier League 2018 Preview: 1 thing to know about every team - SBNation.com
Get informed on the new season, quick.

ESPN+ Acquires Broadcast Rights to Westfield W-League in the United States | Westfield W-League
Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced that ESPN+ has reached a multi-year media agreement to broadcast the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League in the United States on ESPN+

How A Banker From Naples Is Saving Beautiful Football - Eight by Eight
Understanding the relentless, creative tactics of Chelsea’s newest manager as "Sarriball" comes to the English Premier League.

All 20 Premier League Clubs represented by @dril tweets - Cartilage Free Captain
The content you crave.

Atiba Hutchinson is the best Canadian soccer player you’ve never heard of | The Star
Actually, he’s just the best Canadian soccer player (a record six times), although you still might not have heard of him.

Soccer player scores brilliantly odd goal, follows it up with an even better tweet
England under 20s World Cup soccer player Lauren Hemp scored a very unusual goal against Mexico on Sunday.

Other

How to pick the right World of Warcraft main for you - Polygon
Before each World of Warcraft expansion, including the upcoming Battle for Azeroth, players need to make the most crucial decision in the game: Which class do I play? Here’s a guide.