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The Reds were allowed to play at BMO Field for the first time this season.

TFC takes on Orlando City at BMO field Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Seattle

The fifth edition of Diary of a Striker with Bethany Balcer is here! Take a look inside the life of a pro NWSL player: Diary of a Striker with Bethany Balcer: Playing for the Right Reasons - Girls Soccer Network

MLS/USL

Toronto FC’s return to BMO Field marked the return of normalcy for a lot of us. Homecoming: A return to normalcy for TFC fans - Waking The Red

A positive performance from the Reds as they pick up a point on their return to Toronto. Recap and Highlights: Jozy Altidore scores as TFC tie Orlando City in first match back at BMO Field - Waking The Red

At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Phoenix Rising FC center back Manuel Madrid stands as the biggest central defender on the squad. Phoenix Rising signs former Cruz Azul center back Manuel Madrid

Heinze’s Atlanta United tenure lasts eight months. Gabriel Heinze out as Atlanta United Head Coach - Dirty South Soccer

NWSL

Gotham FC announced Friday that the club had parted ways with general manager Alyse LaHue earlier this month on July 9. LaHue has been away from the team since late June. Gotham FC fires general manager Alyse LaHue - The Athletic

Let’s take a look at players who will generate buzz throughout the league during the Olympics. NWSL Star Power Index: Four players who will shine in league play during the Olympic stretch - CBSSports.com

USA

Carli Lloyd will arrive at her fourth Olympics playing at a level that disguises her age, which, as of Friday, is 39 - the oldest for a U.S. women’s soccer Olympian ever. In all likelihood, this will be the last major tournament in a career decorated by gold medals, World Cup titles and international awards. Carli Lloyd was estranged from her family for 12 years. A lost year reunited them.

The USWNT is out for gold in Tokyo, but many of its strongest rivals won’t be participating. What’s keeping the Olympics from being even bigger? Are Olympics too easy for USWNT, and too small for women’s soccer? | ESPN

The U.S. women’s national team legend, who won two Olympic gold medals and a World Cup, was speaking on Goal’s new podcast, All Of US: The U.S. Women’s Soccer Show. ‘The USWNT should not lose’ - Hope Solo previews the 2020 Olympic Games and reflects on controversy at Rio 2016 | Goal.com

Lucky thing there’s a week until the first elimination game. 2021 Gold Cup Recap: USA 1-0 Canada - The Americans score early and come away with a lucky win - Stars and Stripes FC

Seattle’s at 5th! 2026 World Cup: Ranking potential US host cities for 2026

‘Ted Lasso’ stars Hannah Waddingham and Juno Temple embrace their fierce friendship both on and off the Apple TV Plus show. Ted Lasso's Hannah Waddingham and Juno Temple Talk Apple Show - Variety

“Ted Lasso,” the award-winning Apple+ comedy series that earned a record 20 Emmy nominations last week, is a soccer show that’s not really about soccer. So what do people who really are about soccer think of it? Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt and real soccer stars share what ‘Ted Lasso’ gets right

World

Two athletes in the Olympic village tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday and the pair have been confirmed as South Africa footballers. South African Athletes Confirmed As First Two Positive Cases In Olympic Village

Japan men’s captain Maya Yoshida has questioned the decision to hold the Olympic Games behind closed doors ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony. Japan captain Maya Yoshida questions spectator ban at Tokyo 2020

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Marcus Rashford has gone away to “reflect” on whether to have surgery at the end of the month. Marcus Rashford: Manchester United striker to 'reflect' on possible shoulder surgery, says Solskjaer - BBC Sport

Raul Jimenez made his long-awaited return from injury as Wolves lost at Crewe, while Palace and Chelsea enjoyed friendly wins. Raul Jimenez: Wolves striker returns from fractured skull in pre-season friendly defeat - BBC Sport

Germany’s Olympic football team walk off the field with five minutes left of their friendly against Honduras after defender Jordan Torunarigha is allegedly racially abused. Tokyo 2020: Germany's men's football team walk off in friendly due to alleged racist abuse - BBC Sport

Great Britain’s Lucy Bronze says she is “dying to get her hands” on a gold medal at the Olympics with the women’s football team. Lucy Bronze: 'I won't retire until I win at international level' - BBC Sport

Before he covers the Olympics, the BBC sports presenter has talked about suffering racist abuse as a child, rediscovering his faith, and taking pride in being a role model. Jason Mohammad: ‘I was spat at for being Muslim. That’s just how it was’ | Sport | The Guardian

Teams such as Bohemians and New Saints can go further as they face opponents of similar standing before group stages. ‘It’s enormous’: Uefa’s Conference League gets thumbs-up from smaller clubs | European club football | The Guardian

The racism directed at Bukayo Saka, Jadon Sancho, and Marcus Rashford was a depressing reminder of football and society’s deeper ills. The racism aimed at Saka, Sancho, and Rashford was not a surprise - The Short Fuse

Italian football could ditch the pure league format in favour of playoffs to decide the title. Is it a good idea? Serie A Considering 18-Team League and Playoffs to Decide Scudetto - Chiesa Di Totti

From Simone Biles to Bruce Springsteen’s daughter Jessica - who are the athletes to follow at the Tokyo Olympics? Tokyo Olympics: Ten global stars to watch out for at the Games - BBC Sport

What’s on TV?

4:00 PM - América Mineiro vs Sport Recife - Brasileirão - Paramount+

5:00 PM - Tigres UANL vs Mazatlán - Liga MX Femenil - TUDN

7:00 PM - Juárez vs Cruz Azul - Liga MX Femenil - TUDN