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Seattle soccer

Jess Fishlock: ‘Reaching a World Cup would be the best thing in my life’ | Suzanne Wrack | Football | The Guardian
Wales’s most capped player is one win away from a World Cup but is under no illusions as to how difficult it will be against England

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MLS

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LAFC captain looks to be out the door.

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US national team

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World soccer

Does partnering with men's clubs help or hinder women's football teams? | Football | The Guardian
Sharing a stadium and facilities can help both men’s and women’s clubs grow, although the tactic isn’t always a guarantee of success

Mohamed Salah Pushes Back Against Egyptian FA Claims - The Liverpool Offside
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