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It’s the Olympics, which means there’s too much happening.

New Zealand v United States: Women’s Football - Olympics: Day 1 Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images

Let’s all just pretend that the Seattle Sounders game didn’t happen and focus on other soccer stuff from the weekend instead. OL Reign got a win when they visited Orlando, courtesy of a pair of golazos from Jess Fishlock and Tziarra King. The USWNT picked up their own win as the Olympics carry on in a flurry of games. In Alaska, Obed Vargas’s recent spell with the Sounders first team has made quite a splash, the USMNT is on to the next round of the Gold Cup, oh, and the Olympics are happening.

Seattle/Tacoma

Two fantastic goals from Jess Fishlock and Tziarra King proved to be enough to secure the win for OL Reign. Match Recap: OL Reign Blast Past Orlando to Bring Home Three Points — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

Obed Vargas debuted with the Seattle Sounders on Thursday against Austin FC, the third-youngest player in MLS history. Anchorage teen Obed Vargas makes MLS history with the Seattle Sounders

Obed Vargas is getting plenty of love from the folks back home. 15-year-old Anchorage boy starts for Seattle Sounders to make Major League Soccer history - Anchorage Daily News

Mask up, stay safe. King County Health Officer Says All People Should Wear Masks Indoors - Eater Seattle

MLS/USL

It’s* coming home. *Canadian MLS teams. MLS Canadian Clubs to Host August Matches in Canada | MLSSoccer.com

Vancouver hope to have reinforcements soon. Ryan Gauld's MLS move inches closer as Vancouver Whitecaps agree £300k fee for Farense to avoid FIFA involvement

Come on, you Fighting David Estradas! New Mexico United, City of Albuquerque to Bring Bond Proposal to City Council

A big day in a lot of ways for the teen. Ricardo Pepi dedicates historic hat trick to his grandfather on anniversary of his death | MLSSoccer.com

Heading to Texas Greggggggg praises Dallas and Austin, ignores their records. Talking Texas: Berhalter praises FC Dallas, Austin FC ahead of WCQ visit | MLSSoccer.com

NWSL/WoSo

Kim Little 4 Ever! Kim Little and Caroline Weir show they should be Team GB's first-choice midfield – The Athletic

Orlando are trading “art” of a history of success. Orlando Pride Announce Becky Burleigh as Interim Head Coach - The Mane Land

Becky Burleigh, the renowned Florida Gators coach, will lead the Orlando Pride for the rest of the 2021 season. Orlando Pride: Florida Gators' Becky Burleigh is interim coach - Orlando Sentinel

Barbra Banda is having a blast! Tokyo 2020 - Zambia's Barbra Banda makes Olympics history with two hat-tricks – in 10-3 defeat and 4-4 draw - Eurosport

Sophie watched all the Olympics because you probably value your well-being too much to do so yourself. Tokyo Olympics: Women’s football – matchday two roundup - All For XI

USA

“I called both Toni [Pressley] and Shorty and I said, ‘Hey, look. We’re putting together this women’s leadership series and I’d like for you two to be part of a Zoom call with our team if you would,” recalled Krikorian. “And the topic for you two is overcoming adversity. Casey Krueger’s long journey to the Olympic Games – Equalizer Soccer

A 6-1 win against New Zealand puts the USWNT back on track to make the knock out stages in Tokyo Offside flags and own goals: The USWNT pick up their first win at this summer’s Olympics - All For XI

Rose Lavelle doesn’t particularly care for the spotlight, but her fast footwork and knack for navigating the midfield are garnering lots of attention in her first Olympics. Olympics 2021 -- USWNT's Rose Lavelle emerges as a reluctant star

In collaboration with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Adidas and Musco Lighting, Black Players for Change and the Black Women’s Player Collective will install 12 mini-pitches in Black neighborhoods around the country. Two coalitions unite Black soccer communities, bring representation | Tennesseean

Cristian Roldan had the cross to set up the lone goal. Recap: United States 1, Jamaica 0 | MLSSoccer.com

Culture

Sports: A New Tool for 5th Edition D&D | Full Moon Storytelling
Adding Sports as a Tool to your 5th edition D&D game opens your table up to new stories and backgrounds for the characters.

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