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No one likes to get knocked out of a tournament, least of all on penalties.

2020 NWSL Challenge Cup - Quarterfinals

A weekend full of penalty shootouts saw OL Reign end their participation in the NWSL Challenge Cup as they came out on the wrong side of their own penalties. Tacoma kept up their hot return to play, while Leeds secured promotion to the Premier League.

Seattle/Tacoma

Seattle are headed to the knockout round! Three Takeaways: Seattle Sounders storm past Vancouver Whitecaps to secure spot in knockout rounds at MLS is Back Tournament | Seattle Sounders FC

Heather and Matt McClung, who you may remember from Schooner Exact Brewing, are now at Hale’s Ales, helping the company push ahead into the future. Heather and Matt McClung, helping steer Hale’s Ales into the future – Washington Beer Blog

How can professional and collegiate sports return safely? Which technologies and approaches will ensure a seamless transition back to the playing field? The future of sports, a GeekWire virtual event with leaders from Seattle Sounders, UW and WSU - GeekWire

OL Reign’s Shirley Cruz is the long-time captain of Costa Rica, and she has set the course for women’s football in her country. Shirley Cruz: " Estoy disfrutando de este juego diferente" | Futbol Ace (Spanish)

The future of sports, just like many industries across the world, is up in the air as COVID-19 continues spreading across the country and world. Has COVID-19 changed sports forever? UW, WSU athletic directors and Sounders owner look ahead - GeekWire

The OL forward takes us inside the Utah bubble and talks about playing under new coach Farid Benstiti. Jasmyne Spencer on playing inside the NWSL bubble, OL Reign’s new look — Just Women's Sports

A difficult tournament ends in frustrating fashion for OL Reign. OL Reign Falls in Penalty Kicks to Chicago in Quarterfinal — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

Tacoma’s offense put on another three-goal show as the defense kept a clean sheet against Portland. TACOMA DEFIANCE CHOPS DOWN PORTLAND AT CHENEY STADIUM IN 3-0 ROUT - Tacoma Defiance

MLS/USL

MLS has announced it is delaying the inaugural seasons of expansion Charlotte, Sacramento Republic FC and St. Louis by one year due to COVID-19. MLS pushes back inaugural seasons for three expansion teams

Sacramento is among the MLS expansion teams that had their start date in the league pushed back. Waiting longer for Sacramento Republic in MLS hurts, but there are silver linings - Indomitable City Soccer

It’s probably not fair, given the mental weight of everything, and the strange physical circumstances under which games are being played. That doesn’t mean that nothing can be learned, though. Is it fair to judge on MLS is Back results? Sporting KC shows why and why not. – The Athletic

Ayo Akinola’s joy is part of what helps to set him apart. The true magic behind Ayo Akinola's breakout | Zito Madu | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL/WoSo

On social media, fans built a more welcoming sports culture. NWSL fans are online, organized, and refuse to be ignored - The Verge

A referee and the NWSL commish help debunk any fears players may have about celebrating on the Challenge Cup’s pitchside playground. We need a player to celebrate on the Challenge Cup playground – The Athletic ($)

As sports return, some female athletes have entered restricted environments with their children in tow. Their leagues have taken steps to make it easier. Parenting Inside Sports' Bubble: ‘This Is Mom’s Job. Work With Me.’ - The New York Times

BBC Sport examines why Liverpool Women were relegated in the same summer their men’s team claimed Premier League glory. Liverpool Women: Why were they relegated in same summer men's team won Premier League? - BBC Sport

Diallo, on loan from PSG, made a surprising decision by playing in the Challenge Cup. Aminata Diallo’s American adventure comes under stressful circumstances – Equalizer Soccer

A goalkeeping performance fit for the occasion powered Sky Blue through the first set of penalties over the weekend in the NWSL Challenge Cup quarterfinals. Sky Blue beat Washington on penalties; look ahead to semi finals against Chicago - Once A Metro

Penalties are the worst. They always suck, but they especially suck when you lose. Chicago Red Stars advance to NWSL Challenge Cup semifinals after penalty shootout - Hot Time In Old Town

Back-up goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom puts in a masterful performance to stun the Courage. Courage vs. Thorns - Stumptown Footy

The Thorns ‘keeper put in a performance Stefan Frei would be proud of. ‘Game of her life’: Britt Eckerstrom meets the moment as Thorns oust the Courage – The Athletic

World

Leeds’ promotion means West Brom and Brentford are left battling for the final automatic promotion spot. Leeds end 16-year wait for promotion to the Premier league

Congratulations to Leeds. Also, maybe find a nickname that’s not “the mighty whites.” LEEDS UNITED PROMOTED TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE - Through It All Together

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Dejan. Liverpool Transfer News: Dejan Lovren Leaving the Premier League for Zenit? - The Liverpool Offside

Harvey Elliott is making much better decisions when it comes to his social media activity than he is when he’s sitting in the barber’s chair. Harvey Elliott Responds To Medal Jibe On Instagram - The Liverpool Offside

Mikel Arteta’s got Arsenal playing out of the back like they were born to do it, mostly. Why Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal don’t ‘just get rid of it’ – The Athletic

What’s on TV today?

6:00 AM - Inter Miami v. NYCFC (MLS is Back) - ESPN, ESPN Deportes

10:00 AM - Brighton & Hove Albion v. Newcastle United (EPL) - Peacock

10:00 AM - Sheffield United v. Everton (EPL) - NBCSN

12:15 PM - Wolverhampton Wanderers v. Crystal Palace (EPL) - NBCSN

12:45 PM - Juventus v. Lazio (Serie A) - ESPN+

4:00 PM - Hartford Athletic v. Loudoun United (USLC) - ESPN2, ESPN App

5:00 PM - Philadelphia United v. Orlando City SC (MLS is Back) - ESPN, TUDN USA