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The Houston Dash are the NWSL Challenge Cup Champions

2020 NWSL Challenge Cup - Championship Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Houston Dash had never even made it to the playoffs in NWSL, but, with a new attitude and some personnel changes, they plowed their way to the final and past the Chicago Red Stars to win a championship in what may be their only competitive soccer for the year. Elsewhere in the world of soccer Aston Villa avoided relegation, and Vancouver’s 21 year-old ‘keeper stood on his head, but was let down in PKs.

Seattle/Tacoma

People who are not part of the same household can still eat together outside at restaurants. Inslee Orders Bars to Close for Indoor Service, Restricts Restaurant Dine-in to Members of Same Household - Eater Seattle

MLS/USL

Team name, colors and crest will be announced in a virtual reveal on Aug. 13. Will that be a steamy day in St. Louis? BenFred: MLS4TheLou's Kindle Betz talks about debut of inaugural season, team name announcement | Ben Frederickson | stltoday.com

Former DC United player Jamie Moreno suffered an accident while golfing and has been hospitalized. Exmundialista Moreno sufre accidente por una pelota de golf y está internado - Opinión Bolivia (Spanish)

Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle with what to watch for in each of the MLS is Back Tournament Round of 16 matchups. Armchair Analyst: Tactical preview of the MLS is Back Round of 16 matchups | MLSsoccer.com

#DeBoerOut Atlanta United, Frank de Boer mutually agree to part ways | Atlanta United FC

A poor showing in MLS is Back proved to be the end for the Dutch manager’s time with Atlanta United. Frank de Boer out as Atlanta United manager - Dirty South Soccer

The club’s USL affiliate stadium and Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Maryland are the two primary candidates. Sources: D.C. United exploring stadium alternatives due to COVID-19 regulations – The Athletic ($)

The club’s all-time leading scorer, who underwent one surgery and will likely need another, said he does not have health insurance. D.C. United legend Jaime Moreno might lose eye after golfing accident - The Washington Post

Ugo Okoli’s goal proves to be the difference. Orange County SC downs 10-man Phoenix Rising, 1-0, in first win of 2020 - Angels on Parade

If the Sounders can beat LAFC, they at least won’t have to worry about meeting Toronto in another final. NYCFC pass huge Toronto FC hurdle as Maxi Moralez shows his class | Zito Madu | MLSsoccer.com

Thomas Hasal did enough to get Vancouver to penalties, but SKC came out on top at the end of the shootout. Recap: Sporting Kansas City vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 07/27/2020 | Matchcenter

Injuries forced the Whitecaps 21 year-old Home Grown ‘keeper into the spotlight. Thomas Hasal, Vancouver Whitecaps FC's new Saskatoon star | Charles Boehm | MLSsoccer.com

The trouble with evolution is that you need to choose the best traits for survival if your evolution is going to be a successful one. Inside Atlanta United’s failed ‘evolution’ under Frank de Boer – The Athletic

NWSL/WoSo

NWSL coaches and players see some appeal to adding more elimination games. NWSL Challenge Cup spotlights desire among coaches, players for more knockout competitions – Equalizer Soccer ($)

The Pride had to withdraw from the NWSL Challenge Cup, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t there. How the Orlando Pride turned a curse into a blessing - All For XI

Reviewing what we won from NWSL’s month-long tournament. Takeaways from the NWSL Challenge Cup - All For XI

The WSL season was cancelled, but the Women’s FA Cup isn’t done yet! The Fighting Kim Littles will face Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-final. Arsenal to resume Women’s FA Cup in September - The Short Fuse

Shea Groom, Megan Oyster and the Houston Dash are the NWSL Challenge Cup Champions! Houston Dash: Challenge Cup Champions - Dynamo Theory

No one ever wants to lose a final, but at least the Red Stars get to go home now. Hopes Dashed: Chicago Red Stars lose 2-0 to Houston Dash in NWSL Challenge Cup Final - Hot Time In Old Town

USA

The U.S. Soccer Federation is donating 500 masks made from old national team jerseys to health care and other frontline workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Coronavirus: How U.S. Soccer turned jerseys into masks for frontline workers

World

Arlo White didn’t know what to expect when the Premier League season resumed with Project Restart. The only thing he knew was that it beat the alternatives. White, NBC near end of busy Premier League stretch on Sunday

Nagoya’s scheduled match against Sanfrecce Hiroshima was called off after a player and team staff tested positive for the coronavirus. More coronavirus infections in Grampus camp force postponement of J1 game | The Japan Times

Aston Villa are still a Premier League team! West Ham United 1, Aston Villa 1: VILLA ARE SAFE! - 7500 To Holte

Liverpool fans will likely be glad to see the Croatian CB headed to Russia. Official: Dejan Lovren Completes Transfer to Zenit St. Petersburg - The Liverpool Offside

Ozan Kabak could be an option to fill the spot vacated by Dejan Lovren. Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Interested in Schalke Centre-Back Ozan Kabak - The Liverpool Offside

Adding Kai Havertz will definitely make Chelsea’s attack formidable, but they may want to consider making some investments in their defense. Havertz deal ‘getting hot’ as Bayer Leverkusen drop Europa League demand - We Ain't Got No History

Culture

A new Dungeons & Dragons cooperative board game is on the way from Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast that’s designed as a fun and fast way for new players to explore the world of D&D (side note- they also released a D&D My Little Pony figure set today). Dungeons & Dragons Launches the Adventure Begins Board Game

What’s on TV today?

11:45 AM - Cardiff City v. Fulham (Championship) - ESPN+

4:00 PM - Atletico San Luis v. Juarez (LigaMX) - TUDN

5:30 PM - SJ Earthquakes v. Real Salt Lake (MLS is Back) - FS1

6:00 PM - Pachuca v. America (LigaMX) - ESPN Deportes

8:00 PM - Seattle Sounders v. LAFC (MLS is Back) - FS1

8:00 PM - Mazatlan v. Puebla (LigaMX) - TUDN