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Also: A detailed ruling in the Yedlin solidarity payments case, and an essay on the Soccer Girl aesthetic.

USA v Chile: Group F - 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images

Puget Sound

How Seattle Reign FC’s Jess Fishlock spent her offseason | Q13 FOX News
Reign FC midfielder Jess Fishlock has been playing in the Pacific Northwest since 2013 but spent her offseason back in Europe.

Seattle Sounders midfielder Nicolás Lodeiro starts, puts in stellar performance for Uruguay in 4-0 win over Ecuador | Seattle Sounders FC
In case you missed Uruguay's win and Lodeiro's fantastic finish.

Colorado Springs Switchbacks attack gets boost from Air Force graduates | Sports Coverage | gazette.com
The Switchbacks signed Sounders FC draft pick Tucker Bone and another Recent Air Force Academy graduate

Brynna Maxwell | Peninsula Gateway Female Athlete of the Year from Gig Harbor High School | Tacoma News Tribune
Brynna Maxwell is The Peninsula Gateway’s female athlete of the year from Gig Harbor High School and is moving on to the Pac-12 conference to play basketball at Utah.

Freddie Ljungberg is appointed as Arsenal assistant coach - BBC Sport
Former Sounders forward Freddie Ljungberg has been named as Unai Emery's assistant coach.

PREVIEW: Seattle Sounders Academy U-17s, U-19s prepare for 2018-19 USSDA playoffs | Seattle Sounders FC

FIFA panel releases detailed ruling in Yedlin case
A FIFA panel has released details to why it rejected a U.S. youth club's claim for solidarity payments as it related to DeAndre Yedlin's transfer.

Major League Soccer

Ezequiel Barco not leaving Atlanta United this season, says Darren Eales | MLSsoccer.com

Women’s World Cup

Carli Lloyd aims 'golf clap' goal celebration at U.S.'s critics
Carli Lloyd responded to those criticizing USWNT World Cup celebrations by raising both hands chin high and making four tiny pitter-patter claps.

The USWNT responds to the goal celebration controversy with golf claps - SBNation.com
This is the best celebration.

Vivianne Miedema, you’re terrible - All For XI
"Ohh look at me, record goalscorer for my country at 22." Stop making the rest of us look bad!

The superb Christiane Endler shows women don't need smaller goals | The Guardian
Goalkeeping is one of the last aspects of the game to develop in women’s soccer. That’s down to lack of resources, not lack of talent.

USA v. Chile, 2019 Women’s World Cup: What we Learned - Stars and Stripes FC
The USWNT was able to secure a ticket to the knockout stages of the World Cup with a 3-nil victory over Chile. Here’s a few notes about how the game enlightened us.

Nike’s big World Cup push is nice in the broad strokes but needs some fine tuning - All For XI
For all the time, money and effort Nike puts into woso, you'd think they'd get some of the smaller details right. They still don't!

An average day in Paris at the Women’s World Cup - All For XI
Not every day is game day at the World Cup.

Jessica McDonald describes making her World Cup debut against Chile - SBNation.com
Jessica McDonald had begun to think she might never make a World Cup squad. She describes what it was like to almost score one of the goals of the tournament.

Megan Rapinoe Is Right to Not Sing the Anthem | The Nation
Megan Rapinoe won’t kneel for the anthem any longer. Now the right wants her to sing it as well.

World Cup 2019: The US women’s national team and soccer girl aesthetic - Vox
The women’s World Cup means all eyes are on the players right now, but their aesthetic has been enviable for a long time.

Sam Kerr gave Australia a World Cup rallying cry: ‘Suck on that one’ - SBNation.com
The Matildas have issues, but also a new rallying cry.

Molly Downtain – the woman who keeps the USWNT moving | Equalizer Soccer ($)
The USWNT has a 55 people and 5 tons of gear to move around during big tournaments.

Sam Mewis waited a long time for a moment that nearly never came – Equalizer Soccer

A Referee's Perspective on the Women's World Cup (so far) - Backline Soccer

El gran sueño americano de Celia Jiménez / The great American dream of Celia Jiménez (Spanish)
The long and windy journey of Reign FC and Spanish national team defender Celia Jiménez to the World Cup stage exemplifies the dramatic growth of women's soccer in Spain.

Spain's World Cup showing belies a true revolution | StatsBomb
Spain's attack may be stuttering, but their 2019 performance shows how large strides have been taken since 2015.

How the Argentina women’s team overcame their own federation to win their first ever World Cup point – The Athletic
The Argentine women have fought a monumental battle both on and off the pitch to earn an improbable first World Cup point

Soccer’s Laws Need an Overhaul in the World of VAR - Backline Soccer
Soccer's laws were written in the 19th century and are designed to give referees discretion. They don't work in a world of millimeters and microseconds.

USL

El Paso’s Kiesewetter Voted Championship’s Player of the Month

Bethlehem Steel FC Could Move to Renovated Cottingham Stadium - Soccer Stadium Digest
A facility upgrade project in Easton, PA could yield a home for Bethlehem Steel FC, as the club could move into a renovated Cottingham Stadium.

United States

USMNT drop six spots to 30th in FIFA World Rankings - Stars and Stripes FC
Oof.