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The USWNT’s 44-match unbeaten streak ends at the hands of a former USWNT manager.

Sweden v United States: Women’s Football - Olympics: Day -2 Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Seattle

On the first day of the group stage in the 2020 Olympics, four OL Reign players saw playing time with their national teams in empty stadiums across Tokyo. Olympic Recap: Four OL Reign Players Make Appearances as 2020 Games Kickoff — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

DeAndre Yedlin’s future at Galatasaray is already up in the air and now the American defender will not feature in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League qualifying first leg. Galatasaray announced its squad list on Tuesday and Yedlin’s name was not on the list for the trip to PSV. Report: DeAndre Yedlin tests positive for COVID-19 | SBI Soccer

MLS/USL

The Wilf and DeVos families have known each other for several years, and Mark Wilf said the ownership addition was a natural step for both sides. Orlando City sale complete, Magic owners buy minority stake - Orlando Sentinel

From players association grievances to shirking club duties, Heinze’s time with Atlanta United seemed doomed from the start. Why Gabriel Heinze's time with Atlanta United went so wrong – The Athletic

Vancouver fans will have to wait until mid-august for a Whitecaps match at BC Place. Vancouver Whitecaps’ Return to BC Place Thwarted by Wizardry Event - Eighty Six Forever

We’re jugging regular-season MLS coverage with Gold Cup coverage, and given that workload, I simply didn’t have the bandwidth to do my usual Sunday column. The good & the bad from every MLS team thus far in 2021 | MLSSoccer.com

NWSL

Another week, another red card rescinded by the NWSL Independent Review Panel. Washington Spirit successfully appeal Sam Staab red card - Black And Red United

USA

Sweden ended the Americans’ 44-match unbeaten streak in convincing fashion, but there is still hope for the U.S. How Sweden shut down the USWNT in their Olympic opener – The Athletic ($)

Megan Rapinoe and other players had strong feelings about the empty stadium in which they lost to Sweden Wednesday. Olympics 2021: USWNT not fans of fan-less games

The grass is cut, field lines are drawn and cameras are readied. Crystal Dunn, one of the world’s best soccer players, feels ‘like someone has dimmed my light’

Konami announced on July 21 that its soccer simulation franchise, known as Pro Evolution Soccer or Winning Eleven since 2001, would now be called eFootball. The game, launching in the fall, will be free-to-play; it’s also developed in Unreal Engine 4. Pro Evolution Soccer renamed to eFootball for 2021 launch - Polygon

Inter Milan are the latest club to pull out of the Florida Cup due to take place this pre-season after Arsenal withdrew on Tuesday. Inter Milan join Arsenal in withdrawing from Florida Cup due to COVID-19 fears

Olympics

The IOC and Tokyo 2020 organisers have banned its social media teams from posting pictures of athletes taking the knee. Tokyo 2020 social media teams banned from showing athletes taking the knee | Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 | The Guardian

The Football Ferns are missing two of their most important players at Tokyo 2020, but they are determined to help that drive them, not hinder them. 'They're also on this journey' - New Zealand's Olympic dream inspired by absentees Stott & White | Goal.com

Great Britain’s women’s football squad take the knee before their opening 2-0 win over Chile at Tokyo 2020. Tokyo Olympics: Team GB women's football take the knee - BBC Sport

If Team GB can maintain this degree of dominance and pace of movement, you wonder if they could win an Olympic medal after all. Olympic Games: Brilliant Kim Little brought a balance to Team GB that England so often lack – The Athletic

Zambia may have conceded 10 goals, but they made history on their women’s football Olympics debut. Tokyo Olympics: Zambia concede 10 - but still have memorable Olympic debut - BBC Sport

When Formiga was born in 1978, there was a law banning women in Brazil from playing soccer. Formiga, 43, is making her 7th Olympic appearance in Tokyo. When 7-time Olympian Formiga was born, women in Brazil were banned from playing soccer

Brisbane was picked Wednesday to host the 2032 Olympics, the inevitable winner of a one-city race steered by the IOC to avoid rival bids. The Games will go back to Australia 32 years after the popular 2000 Sydney Olympics. Brisbane picked to host 2032 Olympics without a rival bid

World

Brazilian police charged six Boca Juniors players and officials on Wednesday, a day after clashes with Atletico Mineiro in the Copa Libertadores. Boca Juniors have six charged by police after Copa Libertadores clash

Four players hiding in Uganda since December 2019 are waiting for a resolution and wondering what might have been. Eritrean footballers on the run face anxious wait in push for safe haven | Soccer | The Guardian

Manchester City strongly deny wrongdoing regarding financial fair play, which the Premier League started to investigate in March 2019. Court ruling shows Premier League still investigating Manchester City over FFP | Manchester City | The Guardian

What’s on TV?

12:00 PM - Villarreal v. Olympique Lyon - Friendly - ESPN3

4:40 PM - Orlando City SC v. Philadelphia Union - MLS - ESPN

6:30 PM - Austin FC v. Sounders FC - MLS - ESPN

7:00 PM - Querétaro vs América- Liga MX - TUDN, UniMas