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USWNT limp into the knockout round; Rapids spend big to acquire Kaye.

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Puget Sound

Recent OL Reign legend Dolores Silas, an education advocate and the first Black woman on Tacoma City Council, has died. She was 94. Woodrow Wilson High School was renamed for her. Tacoma education advocate Dolores Silas has died | Tacoma News Tribune

A union representing about 9,000 Canadian Border Service Agency workers says its members have voted in favour of striking, jeopardizing the federal government’s reopening plans. Canadian border workers vote in favour of striking as soon as Aug. 6: union | CTV News

The Splintered Wand is finally coming to fruition with “potions” for drinks, British pub fare, and a skeleton sea monster sculpture. Ballard Bar the Splintered Wand Looks Like It’s Opening Soon - Eater Seattle


Kaye will join a deep Colorado midfield. Rapids acquire midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye in million-dollar trade with LAFC - Burgundy Wave

The Timbers Academy product struggled to break into MLS in his four pro seasons, seeing most of his minutes at the USL level. Foster Langsdorf Retires | Minnesota United FC

It’s time to face reality. Sporting Kansas City is losing one of its stars as Gianluca Busio heads to Italy. Facing Reality: Gianluca Busio isn’t Coming Back to Kansas City - The Blue Testament

Mahomes and his fiancee, Brittany Matthews, now own stakes in three Kansas City teams. Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes buys ownership stake in Sporting Kansas City | Yahoo Sports

NWSL / women’s sport

The NWSL is at the start of a groundbreaking media rights deal. But missed goals, a misgendered player and other broadcasting errors have underscored the league’s growing pains. NWSL broadcasts struggle to keep pace as league gets more exposure - The Washington Post

“I know for a fact I wasn’t making close to $10,000 because I didn’t have to pay taxes.” NWSLPA #NoMoreSideHustles campaign highlights low pay for pro women soccer players | CNBC

An 85th-minute Caroline Weir strike earned Team GB a 1-1 draw with Canada and top spot in their group at the Olympics. Caroline Weir’s late strike earns Team GB quarter-final against Australia | The Guardian

With three wins from three, just how far can the Swedish WNT go at the Olympics? Tokyo Olympics: Brilliant Blågult - All For XI

The group stage is complete and the knockout rounds are ready to begin. In just a few days we’ll see who advances and who does not. In the meantime, let’s discuss something even more important: how the bracket would shake down if each nation’s anthem was competing. Olympic Women’s Soccer National Anthem Bracket | Backline Soccer

Black women have been making Olympic history for decades. The Black Women Who Forged New Paths And Set Records At The Olympics | FiveThirtyEight

Tuesday, on the world’s biggest stage, Simone Biles embraced vulnerability and withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics to prioritize her mental health. Simone Biles just taught us that mental health is health - The Lily

US soccer

It was a snoozefest for those who woke up for it. USWNT advance to knockout stage after listless draw against Australia - Stars and Stripes FC

The aggression that has made the US women’s team great is lacking at Tokyo 2020. But they have come back from slow starts before and prospered. The USWNT at the Olympics so far: listless, passive and in danger of an early exit | The Guardian

The USWNT only need a draw against Australia, and they got it, but with tactics that didn’t seem to thrill the players or fans. USWNT betray their identity to get result against Australia – The Athletic ($)

World soccer

A strange mix of development competition and star vehicle leaves the public unsure of what it is watching. Men’s football is no longer a fit for it to remain in the Olympic Games | The Guardian

Tottenham will trial the use of the NHS Covid Pass for fans who want to attend friendlies against Arsenal next month. Tottenham to trial use of NHS Covid Pass in friendlies against Arsenal - BBC Sport

Tottenham have reached an agreement with Al-Duhail which will see defender Toby Alderweireld join the Qatari club. Tottenham and Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld joins Qatar’s Al-Duhail - BBC Sport

Rooney inadvertently further hampered Derby’s strained preparations for the season after injuring one of his players in training. Wayne Rooney injures Derby’s Jason Knight with training-ground challenge | The Guardian

Everton have taken over the site at Bramley-Moore Dock and work has officially commenced on their new state-of-the-art waterfront stadium. Everton reach understated but historic day as Bramley-Moore Dock work officially begins - Liverpool Echo

The Football Association is marking South Asian Heritage Month by releasing videos aiming to inspire. ‘Creative’ scouting can uncover the best Asian talent, says Gareth Southgate | The Independent

What’s on TV?

9:15 AM: Hertha BSC vs. Villareal (men’s club friendly) — ESPN3

9:45 AM: Valencia vs. Real Zaragoza (men’s club friendly) — ESPN3

10:45 AM: Salzburg vs. Atletico Madrid (men’s club friendly) — ESPN Deportes

10:45 AM: Midtjylland vs. Celtic (UEFA Champions League) — Paramount+

11:00 AM: Galatasaray vs. PSV (UEFA Champions League) — Paramount+

11:30 AM: Crvena Zvezda vs. Kairat (UEFA Champions League) — Paramount+

3:00 PM: Pumas UNAM vs. Everton (Florida Cup) — ESPN Deportes

5:00 PM: Sporting KC II vs. Louisville City (USL Championship) — ESPN+

5:30 PM: San Antonio vs. El Paso Locomotive (USL Championship) — ESPN+

5:30 PM: Millonarios vs. Atlético Nacional (Florida Cup) — ESPN Deportes

7:30 PM: LAFC vs. Minnesota United (MLS) — ESPN+

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