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Portugal v France - UEFA Euro 2020: Group F Photo by Alex Livesey - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Lots of soccer happened over the weekend. Some of it was good, some was bad, some was in the space between. None of it is anywhere close to the importance of your safety. Today’s going to be hot if you’re in the Pacific Northwest, hotter than the days before, and it’s of the utmost importance that you prioritize your safety over productivity or anything else. If you need them, or people you know need them, Joe Veyera has compiled a list of resources available in the Greater Seattle Area and beyond in this Twitter thread.

Seattle/Tacoma

After a year of challenges, the Academy U-15 and U-17 teams are headed to the first annual MLSNext Cup Playoffs and Showcase in Dallas, Texas. “As we look to complete the Academy season, we are delighted for our teams to head to Dallas for this event,” said Academy Director Gary Lewis. “It will be competitive and will give our players the opportunity to represent the Sounders Academy U-15 and U-17 teams head to Dallas for first annual MLS NEXT Playoffs and Showcase | Seattle Sounders FC

Some people don their mask for a walk, while others rip theirs off the minute they order a drink at a bar. Do we still need to wear masks? Making sense of mandates amid reopenings and rising variants - GeekWire

It’s not been an easy journey for Jimmy Medranda to get back to full fitness and form, but as he approaches those marks the Sounders are seeing the quality that made him an intriguing player to add. Equalizing goal a cathartic moment for Seattle Sounders’ Jimmy Medranda, whose confidence, form continue to grow | Seattle Sounders FC

After the win against Los Dos Tacoma sits a point out of the playoff places behind the Galaxy second team, having played three fewer games. SERRANO BRACE LEADS WAY FOR TACOMA IN 2-0 HOME WIN OVER LA GALAXY II - Tacoma Defiance

Dr. Dolores Silas is truly a giant, and you owe it to yourself to learn a bit more about her. OL Reign Legend: Dr. Dolores Silas — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

As Diaspora United will tell you, Gotham’s goalposts are protected. It’s just unlucky that’s who the Reign had to face for their Pride match. OL Reign Fall 3-0 to Gotham FC in Pride Match — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

MLS/USL

Iowa is one step closer to welcoming professional soccer to the state. City of Des Moines Receives $23.5 Million for Pro Iowa Stadium and Global Plaza

Uncle Phil’s got a little more spending money for his MLS endeavors, should he want to use it. Anschutz Selling Lakers Stake As Billionaire Unloads 27% of NBA Team – Sportico.com

Major League Soccer is a league of pure chaos, don’t ever forget that. Saturday Takeaways: What we learned from Week 10's action | MLSSoccer.com

NYCFC got a dramatic victory thanks to new signing Thiago Andrade basically going coast to coast late in stoppage time. Recap: New York City FC 2, DC United 1 | MLSSoccer.com

It feels weird to say this, but thanks Dallas. New England traveled to Frisco and lost 2-1, meaning the Sounders are still leading the Supporters Shield race. Ricardo Pepi brace lifts FC Dallas over the New England Revolution 2-1 - Big D Soccer

NWSL/WoSo

The California native made her first international appearances with the Super Falcons this month, but the experience went far beyond soccer. What Ifeoma Onumonu has learned playing for Nigeria – The Athletic

If on and off field events regarding racism from 2021 are any indication, the league still has a long way to go. One year after initial anti-racism pledges, NWSL and its clubs discuss changes made – Equalizer Soccer

We have a tendency as a soccer culture in the US to place too great of expectations on players at too young of an age, but Trinity Rodman is already a star regardless of how old she might be. Story | National Women's Soccer League

A stats nerd may have told you that Ebony Salmon was overrated and might disappoint in NWSL. That was a lie. Red Stars 0, Racing Louisville 3: When It Rains, It Pours - Hot Time In Old Town

Lynn Williams is making sure that Vlatko Andonovski and everyone else knows that she should be more than just an alternate for the Olympics. Lynn Williams makes statement with second consecutive brace – Just Women's Sports

USA

The Mewis sisters have teamed up with a hometown brewery to produce the perfect summer beer for any USWNT fan. The story behind Sam and Kristie Mewis' new beer – The Athletic

World

Why the Germany-Hungary soccer game will be a symbol for the future of Europe’s acceptance of gay rights. The Germany-Hungary Euro 2020 soccer game symbolizes Europe’s future - Vox

You can now watch the rest of the Euros without having to worry about a guy who can’t enter the United States due to credible allegations of sexual assault showing up on your screen. No guarantees that the commentators won’t mention him, but that’s what the mute button’s for. Czechs stun Dutch, Belgium survive war of attrition against Portugal - We Ain't Got No History

What’s on TV today?

9:00 AM - Croatia vs Spain (Euro 2020) - ESPN

12:00 PM - France vs Switzerland (Euro 2020) - ESPN

5:00 PM - Uruguay vs Paraguay (Copa America) - FS2

5:00 PM - Bolivia vs Argentina (Copa America) - FS1