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The USWNT coach has to cut his roster down to 18.

SOCCER: JUN 16 Women’s - USA v Nigeria Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Seattle

With the state of Washington expected to lift all COVID-19 restrictions on June 30, the Mariners announced Thursday that they will open up all seating for home games. Seattle sports teams to fully open fan seating with Washington state set to lift COVID-19 restrictions | The Seattle Times

A little look back to the past. Washington voters approve funding for new Seahawks Stadium on June 17, 1997. - HistoryLink.org

MLS

Atlanta United unveiled a distinctive third kit Thursday that is a dark red, with five wavy stripes that include messages of unity written in different languages, with black as the color on the collar and sleeve hems, and orange lettering. Atlanta United’s third kit is focused on unity

The league and Black Players for Change tapped visual artist Israel Solomon in their goals to educate on Juneteenth. MLS and Black Players for Change collaborate on Juneteenth efforts | The Undefeated

NWSL/WoSo

Cutting down the USWNT to 18 players was never going to be an easy task, and with the final decisions looming, a few issues stand out. USWNT Olympic roster: Vlatko Andonovski's lingering questions - Sports Illustrated

Steph Yang sees two of the three Reign players going to the Olympics. USWNT Olympic roster bubble watch – The Athletic ($)

Head coach Vlatko Andonovski faces a major challenge narrowing down a collection of world-class talent for this summer’s tournament. USWNT Olympics roster: Which 18 players will make Team USA for Tokyo 2020? | Goal.com

USA/USL

Some revenge for a recent loss to the same team. LAFC loanees shine in Las Vegas Lights’ 4-3 win over LA Galaxy II - Angels on Parade

They don’t expect Cristian to leave us. USMNT Gold Cup roster: predicting who will make the squad – The Athletic

As a first-generation Nigerian American, my parents emigrated to the United States and in my household, we were more familiar with the African experience than we were the American one. From the Pitch - Juneteenth

Cutting down the USWNT to 18 players was never going to be an easy task, and with the final decisions looming, a few issues stand out. USWNT Olympic roster: Vlatko Andonovski's lingering questions - Sports Illustrated

World

In a country where the president menaces the media and seeks to burnish his nation’s image with sports, an outspoken reporter was physically attacked because of his Facebook post about soccer. Did he die for what he wrote? Or for what he represented? Rasim Aliyev vs. the anti-media regime of an Azerbaijani authoritarian - Sports Illustrated

What’s on TV?

6:00 AM - Sweden v. Slovakia - Euro 2020 - ESPN

9:00 AM - Croatia v. Czech Republic - Euro 2020 - ESPN

12:00 PM - England v. Scotland - Euro 2020 - ESPN

2:00 PM - Chile v. Bolivia - Copa America - FS1, TUDN, UniMas

4:00 PM - Charleston Battery v. Miami FC - USL Championship - ESPN+

5:00 PM - Argentina v. Uruguay - Copa America - FS2, TUDN, Univision

5:08 PM - NY Red Bulls v. Nashville SC - MLS - ESPN+

7:00 PM - Real Monarchs v. El Paso Locomotive - USL Championship - ESPN+

7:08 PM - Reak Salt Lake v. Vancouver Whitecaps - MLS - ESPN+