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Italy are European champions.

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It is, for the time being, not coming home. Sadly, and frustratingly, that’s resulted in a bunch of racist trash making themselves known in the comments on some England players’ social media posts. In Tacoma OL Reign got the first win of the Sam Laity era thanks to a pair of goals from Bethany Balcer. Messi and Argentina won the Copa America, and Gyasi Zardes is probably better than most people give him credit for.

Puget Sound

In the 24th installment of the Seattle Interview Series, Charles speaks with Miranda Nild of the OL Reign, who is currently on loan in Sweden! They talk about Ms. Nild’s journey to Cal Berkeley, how she juggled classes and being with the Thailand national team, what she misses most about OL Reign, and so much more! Seattle Interview Series #24: Miranda Nild - YouTube

Ruby Settle, OL Reign 04 - Settle was brilliant in the midfield for OL Reign. She is so smooth and comfortable at the ball that the game looks easy for her. Her simplicity is an asset as she always seem to pick the best option with the least amount of effort. Her play controlled the game for OL Reign. Girls Academy Playoffs: Best XI | Club Soccer | Youth Soccer

Vote Renton so some place in Texas doesn’t win Nicest Places in America 2021 | Reader's Digest

A club legend passed over the weekend. Sounders FC pays tribute to club legend Jimmy Gabriel | Seattle Sounders

A Bethany Balcer brace and a combination of NWSL refereeing and the Sarah Bouhaddi Experience were the highlights from a cathartic win. MATCH RECAP: OL REIGN DEFEAT KANSAS CITY 2-0 ON BALCER BRACE — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

MLS/USL

The second most valuable player in MLS can’t even get an individual award — plenty of team trophies though. Some of the methodology for this conclusion is, uh, debatable. The Most Valuable Soccer Player In America Is A Goalkeeper | FiveThirtyEight

Paul Mariner is remembered fondly by many of those around the league whose lives he touched. Tributes pour in for Paul Mariner following his death at 68 | MLSSoccer.com

NWSL/WoSo

United are now without a manager, operating with threadbare playing staff and their biggest asset is pushing for a move to Chelsea. Inside the chaos at Man United women: Talk of pre-season strike, crisis talks with Ed Woodward and substandard training facilities – The Athletic

Sydney Leroux played hero for Orlando late in the game. Orlando Pride vs. Racing Louisville FC: Final Score 1-1 as Pride Equalize Late - The Mane Land

USA

Steel Springs Pictures and Common will produce ‘Rising Above’ about discrimination against the 1971 soccer team and coach Lincoln Phillips. Common to Produce Movie About Howard University's 1971 Soccer Team - Variety

Public opinion can’t stop Gyasi Zardes from being an impact player. MILESTONE: Gyasi Zardes is Second Fastest USMNT Player to Reach Double-Digit Goals and Assists

World

Mexico played a 0-0 draw against Trinidad & Tobago in their Gold Cup opener, but the headline from the match was a scary collision that involved Chucky Lozano. Tough Gold Cup 2021 start for Mexico in game with Hirving Lozano injury - FMF State Of Mind

Bukayo Saka may have missed the decisive penalty, but he shouldn’t have been put in that position in the first place. Italy win Euro 2020 on penalties: Roy Keane unhappy Bukayo Saka was chosen for decisive penalty | Football News | Sky Sports

England may have lost in the final, but they reached a final for the first time in many of the players on the team’s lives. The youth on display should have the team in good shape for years to come. In England’s deepest moment of despair, there is hope for the future | The Independent

Lionel Messi finally got to lift a major trophy with Argentina. Lionel Messi on winning Copa America: 'I thank God for giving me this moment' - CBSSports.com

Mancini and the Italian team are taking the Euro 2020 trophy back to Rome after a wild 120 minutes and penalties. Euro 2020 final: Italy manager Roberto Mancini says 'I was due this' - BBC Sport

Culture

Why Dungeons & Dragons newbies trust DM Timm Woods to guide them through the game. How a professional dungeon master keeps his games fun - Vox

What’s on TV today?

3:30 PM - Jamaica vs Suriname (Gold Cup) - FS1

6:00 PM - Costa Rica vs Guadalupe (Gold Cup) - FS1

6:30 PM - New Mexico United vs Charleston Battery (USL Championship) - ESPN+