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All the Women’s World Cup features, previews and news. Also, why the Leagues Cup will suck, and Hope Solo wins a legal battle.

Soccer: U.S. Women’s National Team World Cup Media Day Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

Morgan Andrews Cherishes Community Support in her Career — REIGN FC: THE BOLD
The Reign midfielder talks about the importance of the community in soccer development.

My World Cup Predictions: Yael Averbuch

Major League Soccer

The MLS-Liga MX Leagues Cup will suck, and it could have been better - SBNation.com
The new tournament between MLS and Liga MX sides is a naked money grab that wastes a decent opportunity.

Las Vegas' MLS plan includes indoor stadium
Documents obtained by ESPN FC reveal plans for a 25,000-seat indoor stadium, with a minority owner in Fenway Sports Group leading the way.

LAFC's Carlos Vela "got mauled" by Portland Timbers, says Bob Bradley | MLSsoccer.com
Bob not happy with Portland’s tactics.

Women’s World Cup

Inside the life of Sophie Ingle, the little girl 'with no name' who grew up to lead a nation - Wales Online
Sophie Ingle talks Chelsea success, Champions League accomplishments, parties with Eden Hazard and David Luiz, and her love for Wales.

Road to the World Cup: Steph Catley — Just Women's Sports
Australia’s co-captain Steph Catley describes how personal loss and professional adversity helped shape her into the player and person she is today.

2019 women’s World Cup teams, ranked by how much fun they are to watch - SBNation.com
The best teams aren’t necessarily the ones you want to watch early in the tournament. These teams are the most fun.

Seven Carolines at the Women’s World Cup - All For XI
Yeah, it's apparently a popular name at the Women's World Cup.

USWNT fights for equal pay as team begins Women’s World Cup defense - Washington Post
The U.S. women’s soccer team, in France for the World Cup, has a big challenge back home: a battle against gender discrimination.

Aaron West Returns to Fox Sports to Host Twitter World Cup Show
Aaron West joined Fox Sports in 2016 as a soccer writer. He was laid-off 14 months later and has re-made himself as a video personality.

Becky Sauerbrunn anchors the U.S. women’s soccer team back line, and its soul
Becky Sauerbrunn's role as the back line's rock is especially important in the U.S. team's high-octane playing style. She has also taken to the trail of activism blazed by her national team colleagues.

Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz will win hearts in Women’s World Cup | Miami Herald
The improbable journey of Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz — disbanded five years ago, resurrected by Bob Marley’s daughter, headed to Women’s World Cup — the first Caribbean team in history to make it.

United States

Dear US Open Cup/US Soccer - The Blue Testament
This is from a KC fan but it's a sentiment many of us can agree with. U.S. Open Cup matchups are far too predictable to be interesting.

Hope Solo Wins a Battle, But War With U.S. Soccer Far From Decided – Socceresq

A Win for Athletes’ Rights: Panel Rules U.S. Soccer in Violation of Federal Law – The Official Web Site of Hope Solo . U.S. World Cup and Olympic Champion . Activist . Feminist

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Stranger Things' living room replicated entirely by IKEA | SYFY WIRE
One trip to IKEA could help fans build their own Stranger Things living room.

Let’s Talk About Six, Baby: Buy the T-Shirt - The Liverpool Offside
If you're a Liverpool fan or know someone who is, this is a pretty cool shirt.

‘You get used to the gunfire’ – filming the Libyan women’s football team | Documentary films | The Guardian
Denounced on TV, they train at secret locations watched by armed guards. We meet the woman from Hastings who made a fascinating film about Libya’s gutsiest football squad

Low hospitalized after freak dumbbell accident
Germany coach Joachim Low has been hospitalized with a squashed artery following a sports accident, the German FA has confirmed.

These Are the Women Creating Some of the NBA’s Most Memorable Social Media Content | Complex
In a sports industry often designated a boys' club, women are shining as the social media content creators for many of the NBA’s top teams.