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European teams are wrapping up their transfer dealings, Rose Lavelle is an icon, some people thought a lot about what Eric Cantona said.

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MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at LA Galaxy Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The excitement of beating the LA Galaxy may have worn off a bit, so it’s probably time for a little pick me up. Take a look back at yesterday’s win, read up on the latest transfer Deadline Day news, and catch up on what happened around MLS over the weekend. If that wasn’t enough, take a dive into the mind of Eric Cantona.

Seattle

The Storm continue pushing for playoff seeding. Seattle Storm's key is defense, Jordin Canada, Natasha Howard | SI.com
The Storm's defense—good for No. 2 in the league in terms of defensive efficiency—and defensive dynamos Jordin Canada and Natasha Howard continue to spur Seattle to wins.

The team has looked good in flashes, but have put together strong performances for long stretches in their last two games and were rewarded with a big win against San Antonio. Tacoma Defiance Earns Convincing 5-1 Victory Over San Antonio FC - Tacoma Defiance
Dhillon scored twice in Tacoma's season-high five-goal output; Defiance next travels to take on Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday, September 7 (7:30 p.m. PT / ESPN+)

It always feels good to beat LA, even if it doesn’t happen quite how you hoped or planned. Moods of LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders polar opposites after wild game | MLSsoccer.com
SEATTLE – It likely wasn’t how Seattle Sounders’ head coach Brian Schmetzer drew it up, but he isn’t questioning it. Seattle prevailed, 4-3, in one of the wildest games of the MLS season against the LA Galaxy at CenturyLink Field on Sunday. The match saw the Western Conference sides combine for four of the game’s seven goals in the final 15 minutes.

Sounders jump into second place in West after high-scoring win against Galaxy | The Seattle Times
Cristian Roldan scored in the 89th minute to lift the Sounders to a 4-3 win against Los Angeles.

Explaining the Sounders’ navigation of MLS international roster slots and contract structures | The Seattle Times
At the start of each season, MLS teams are permitted eight international spots on a 30-player roster, and Emanuel Cecchini was the ninth when he signed. How was that possible?...

Clark Adds Raphael Cox To Men's Soccer Staff - University of Washington Athletics
Cox was a two-time All-Pac-12 selection at UW where he played from 2006-2009. After graduating, Cox was selected in the fourth round of the MLS SuperDraft by Real Salt Lake, where he was part of the MLS Cup Champion squad in 2009.

MLS/USL

The perseverance of Kemar Lawrence – The Athletic
With the help of his grandmother, the New York Red Bulls fullback has overcome tragedies and despair throughout his career

NYCFC became the third team to clinch a playoff spot. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1, New York City FC 3 | 2019 MLS Match Recap | MLSsoccer.com
It was all New York City FC over the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place as the visitors left Canada with a 3-1 win. The result mathematically eliminates the Whitecaps from the playoff race.

13 consecutive games is impressive, but can Josef Martinez catch Messi? I suppose anything is possible.Josef Martinez approaching world record for league scoring streak | MLSsoccer.com
Josef Martinez has scored in 13 consecutive league matches, surpassing his previous MLS all-time record. And now, he's approaching loftier, world-record heights: Messi's record of scoring in 21 straight games.

The big Argentine clubs seem to have become MLS’s favorite places to shop. Bomb: Is Palacios de River leaving?
Miami appears to be adding another promising young South American player.

Luis Robles: Wayne Rooney's Charter Flight Tweet Speaks For Many Of Us In MLS
The issue of charter flight restrictions has come into heightened focus this season in part because of the upcoming CBA negotiation, and in part because of the compressed schedule in 2019, the first year MLS opted to end its regular season earlier in October.

Was there ever faith in Chris Armas? - Once A Metro
Armas was set up to fail by Red Bull Global, and he’s on the verge.

NWSL

USWNT players on Skinner’s “purity” comments and more money in the women’s game - All For XI
Ashlyn Harris, Julie Ertz, and Crystal Dunn had their own thoughts on the future of the women’s game as more money enters the picture.

Theory vs Practice: What Happens When Team Philosophy Doesn’t Match Reality - All For XI
Marc Skinner’s recent comment about "creating art instead of football" raises questions of what happens when such a theory does not meet expectations.

USA

Can this collection of relatively young men make it to the next Olympics? U-23 roster unveiled for September training camp - Stars and Stripes FC
They will take on Japan in a friendly September 9th.

U.S. U-20 roster released for September friendlies - Stars and Stripes FC
Danny Leyva probably the most notable exclusion for Sounders.

WATCH: Josh Sargent scores brilliant first goal of season for Werder Bremen - Stars and Stripes FC
It's a very good goal.

Truly an icon both on and off the field. Rose Lavelle leads U.S. women’s soccer’s new generation of stars into activism
While in Philadelphia, players met with Mayor Kenney and Time’s Up, the advocacy organization fighting sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace.

World

Kim Little is very good. Have you heard of her? Kim Little: Scotland midfielder nets five goals in 68 minutes - BBC Sport
Kim Little took 37 Scotland appearances to score her first five international goals. Against Cyprus, she scored that amount in just 68 minutes.

The headache is probably worth it if you can take this Summer’s England team and add Kim Little and Jess Fishlock to it. TeamGB and the cliched selection headache - All For XI
Four countries, 22 players… ugh, someone get the Tylenol

Salah and Mane have already made up. There’s friendly rivalry and occasional selfishness but a feud? No way – The Athletic
Mane will be embarrassed at losing his rag but he and Salah are close friends and create more than enough chances for each other...

Eric Cantona said a lot of words, and they were pretty hard to argue with. An analysis of Eric Cantona’s befuddling speech at the Champions League draw – The Athletic
From King Lear to Pavel Nedved, there was a lot to process during the event's opening award presentation

It’s not the first time the Cagliari fans have done this, and it probably won’t be the last because Serie A won’t do anything about it. Romelu Lukaku subjected to racist chants by Cagliari fans | Goal.com
Romelu Lukaku was subjected to racist fans by Cagliari fans prior to scoring the game-winning goal from the spot in a 2-1 Inter victory.

Some players are going, some players aren’t. Stay tuned to see what happens! Transfer deadline day live blog: Latest on Neymar, Icardi, Dybala | SI.com
The Premier League's transfer deadline came and went on Aug. 8, with England's top flight electing to push its deadline to the eve of the new season. La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 operate on a different timeline, though, and all four must have their transfer business concluded by Monday.

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