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Also: Crew SC’s new stadium to open after 2021 season begins, and the Afghan soccer chief is banned for life over sexual abuse allegations.

England v Scotland: Group D - 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Puget Sound

Five for U.S. Open Cup 2019: Justin Dhillon - Tacoma Defiance
Learn more about another player who may feature for the Sounders in the Open Cup.

Heroes of Defiance: Jonas & Peter Stanup - We R Tacoma
Together, the Stanups built Tacoma as a community of communities. Their connections between peoples were a foundation upon which the city, county, and tribes exist now.

Tacoma's U.S. Open Cup History
Tacoma's U.S. Open Cup history starts in 1964 and takes a major step forward in 2019.

Home Turf: Episode Two - Homegrown: The Kid From White Center | Official [HD] - YouTube
Tacoma Defiance player Danny Robles has quite the story to tell.

Major League Soccer

Crew SC | New stadium to open after '21 season begins - Sports - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
In some ways, the new era of one of the original clubs of Major League Soccer has already begun, but the crown jewel of Crew SC won’t be unveiled for some time.

LAFC’s Secret Weapon in 2019: The Defense - Angels on Parade
The reason why LAFC enjoys a ridiculous league-leading +26 goal differential through 16 games.

Women’s World Cup

France’s World Cup opener was magic, FIFA’s ticketing was a nightmare - SBNation.com
Neither FIFA incompetence nor gray weather could get in the way of a brilliant night at Parc des Princes.

The Brazil women’s national soccer team’s fiercest opponent is sexism - SBNation.com
Brazil’s women have struggled to achieve at the world level like the men. The reason is complex, but it starts with sexism.

Women's World Cup 2019 team guide No 22: United States | Football | The Guardian
The holders have a swashbuckling attack-first style and, though a shaky defense may be a concern, they’re still among the favorites

Ada Hegerberg doesn’t owe you an explanation - All For XI
Why are talking heads spending so much time questioning someone who hasn’t played for Norway in two years?

Miss Selfishness? - Josimarfootball.com
More on Ada’s choice to reject her national team program.

Hope Solo: USWNT coach Jill Ellis 'cracks under pressure'
The 2019 Women's World Cup wasn't even a day old when Hope Solo made an appearance on a BBC podcast and ... well, had some thoughts on USWNT coach Jill Ellis.

Bronze and Parris chemistry too potent for Scotland | Suzanne Wrack | Football | The Guardian
Nikita Parris will join the Ballon d’Or nominee Lucy Bronze at Lyon next season and the England pair showed exactly why they have been signed by Europe’s leading club

Australian National Team – 2019 Women's World Cup Preview

Crystal Dunn: ‘As a black woman I always felt I had to go above and beyond to be noticed’ | USA women's football team | The Guardian
Four years after watching her USA team-mates hoist the World Cup from a sports bar, the dynamic 26-year-old left back is out to win one for herself while busting stereotypes about black footballers

What Megan Rapinoe Can’t Travel Without - The New York Times
The soccer megastar is in Paris for the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Vitamins, CBD drops and plenty of protein bars went with her.

Nikita Parris: ‘It’s exciting for English football. We’ve put so much work in’ | Suzanne Wrack | Football | The Guardian
Nikita Parris is the leading scorer in WSL history and tells Suzanne Wrack about drawing on 2015 disappointment to help fuel England’s World Cup ambitions

A #MeToo Wave Hits Global Soccer as the Women’s World Cup Begins - The New York Times
Allegations of sexual misconduct against influential men have been made in several countries and include an accusation against a top-ranking official in world soccer’s governing body.

Hello World Cup, France is here to mess you up - SBNation.com
France’s stars made the most of a moment they’ll never forget.

She used to be an accountant. Now Rachel Corsie will lead Scotland in its first-ever Women’s World Cup - The Salt Lake Tribune
The last time former Reign FC defender Rachel Corsie remembers her home country of Scotland did anything of note on the world soccer stage was when she was 9 years old.

We Asked, They Answered: 108 Women’s World Cup Players on Their Job, Money and Sacrificing Everything - The New York Times
“Everything in my life comes second to my football. I've given up everything to be where I am.”

Women's World Cup: Fifa 'entrenched in chauvinism' over prize money, says Hope Solo - BBC Sport
Hope Solo says the disparity in prize money at the men's and women's World Cups shows that Fifa is "entrenched in chauvinism".

From Stanway to Pugh: 10 young players to watch at the Women’s World Cup | Suzanne Wrack | Football | The Guardian
We pick ten extremely talented players who are aiming to have their international breakthrough in France this summer

The women’s World Cup starts today. My soul is ready - SBNation.com
Four years since Canada, women’s soccer is still getting bigger, and I hope it never stops.

'Dare to Shine' slogan for Women's World Cup 2019 is patronizing and tired - The Washington Post
The women contesting the 2019 World Cup are unrelenting and unapologetic in pursuit of greatness — and are no different than champions in other sports.

Marta revolutionized women’s soccer - SBNation.com
How the Brazilian legend redefined an entire sport by the sheer force of her brilliance.

Women’s World Cup Soccer Ratings Are Up, With Defending Champ US Women On Deck
Fox Sports reports that its FS1 is averaging a .68 among the metered markets.

USL

Soccer: The Curious Case of MFK Vyškov | SportsDay
Ahead of its inaugural season, North Texas SC - the USL-1 affiliate of FC Dallas - signed two players on loan from Czech club MFK Vyškov.

United States

This is the weakest U.S. national team pool in a long time – The Athletic ($)
Jordan Morris, believe it or not, is one of the most accomplished players of the 1990-94 birth year players.

The USWNT’s equal pay lawsuit is a fight for all of women’s sports - SBNation.com
It shouldn’t take unequaled greatness for women to get equal pay.

Where in the world is Josh Sargent? - Stars and Stripes FC
Getting underneath the decision to prioritize the Gold Cup over the World Cup

World

The Athletic plots UK expansion with a team of 55 - Digiday

FIFA Bars Afghan Soccer Chief for Life After Sexual Assault Accusations - The New York Times
Soccer’s governing body said Keramuddin Keram had been found guilty “of having abused his position and sexually abused various female players, in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.”

FIFA was aware of Afghanistan sexual abuse allegations two years ago, according to emails | The Guardian
Fifa and Asian football’s governing body were made aware of sexual abuse allegations against senior Afghanistan football officials and a coach more than two years ago, according to emails.

75 years later, a soccer match remembered in Normandy - The Washington Post
In the small village of Saint-Pierre-Eglise in July 1944, a group of American servicemen played soccer against a team of French amateurs after the Nazi occupation of France had ended. The match was commemorated as part of the 75th anniversary of D-Day.