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Major Link Soccer: Successful Sunday

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Puget Sound professional clubs had a good Sunday.

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MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at Sporting Kansas City Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Sounders and OL Reign had a win-derful Sunday as both sides claimed all three points. The results helped to wash any bad feelings from Tacoma Defiance’s unfortunate loss on Saturday, which we won’t talk about any further. Tobin Heath made her Arsenal debut as the side obliterated Manchester City, and for one brief day at least there were good feelings around the Washington Spirit.

Washington State

Bethany Balcer recently detailed her upsetting 2019 NWSL Rookie Of The Year bonus, which was not paid in cash nor did it come from the NWSL. Balcer's Burritos: The Insulting NWSL Rookie Of The Year Bonus

You can never hear too much from Bethany Balcer about her journey to the golden boot. 118. Bethany Balcer- OL Reign, NWSL Rookie of the Year & First NAIA Pro by The Soccer Girl Problems Podcast

USL Spokane said the first set of listening sessions will be held virtually and will include input for both the W League and League One teams. Do you want to help USL Spokane come up with the club's crest, colors and name? | krem.com

Oh what fun it is to see Seattle win away! Sounders retake top spot in Western Conference with gutsy win away to Sporting Kansas City | Seattle Sounders

A Boats opener and an ELS brace hoisted OL Reign over Orlando at Cheney. National Women's Soccer League Official Site | NWSL

MLS/USL

Whether you’re thrilled, leery or somewhere in between about the new and dramatically expanded Leagues Cup format unveiled this week, one element seems clear: It stands to have a dramatic impact on MLS – its clubs, players and fans alike – over time, well above and beyond the competition itself. MLS coaches, directors dissect reimagined Leagues Cup: “A challenge we have to accept” | MLSSoccer.com

Flo Jungwirth isn’t a fan of some of the remarkably stupid ideas about how to change soccer that have come out recently. Florian Jungwirth, “I think that’s the dumbest thing, I’ve ever heard” | HAR JOURNALIST Sports Media

NWSL/WoSo

There was a stage in my mid-twenties where I experienced a couple of really long-term injuries, which stopped me from playing for quite some time. While I was lucky enough to recover, it opened my eyes to the possibility that my career could end at any point – which is a very real risk for any professional player. Kim Little: “I focus on improving myself off the pitch” - FIFPRO World Players' Union

Mexico’s anti-monopoly commission announced Thursday it has fined 17 soccer teams for conspiring to impose a cap on the salaries of women soccer players. The commission said the teams will be fined about $9 million for illegal practices. Mexico fines soccer teams for capping female players' wages

A top USL club is getting in on the women’s side of the game. Indy Eleven Announced as Newest Member of USL W League

Yael Averbuch West sat down with CBS Sports’ Attacking Third podcast this week. Gotham FC's Yael Averbuch West explains how transition from player to GM shaped club's coaching search - CBSSports.com

In an exclusive interview with ESPN, Matildas legend Lisa De Vanna opens up about Alen Stajcic and why she is leaving football. 'Heartbroken' Lisa De Vanna walks away from football

Chicago did OL Reign a solid by taking first place Portland down a peg. Red Stars come from behind to stun Portland 2-1 - Hot Time In Old Town

A good reminder that even in the worst times of your life you can still find wins. Washington Spirit dig deep in comeback 2-1 win over Kansas City NWSL - Black And Red United

Back in action but with its supporters demanding change, the Spirit posted a 2-1 victory over Kansas City. Washington Spirit returns with 2-1 win over Kansas City - The Washington Post

Tobin Heath made her Arsenal debut in a dominant win over City. Arsenal demolish Manchester City to go top of WSL - The Short Fuse

World

Arsene Wenger says he is prepared to take a “gamble” with his proposals for a new international match calendar. Arsene Wenger 'ready to take that gamble' over new international match calendar - BBC Sport

Mo Salah is extremely good at soccer. Mohamed Salah Reaches 100 Premier League Goals For Liverpool - The Liverpool Offside

Jesse Daley’s Brisbane Roar are among the teams owned by foreign groups with troubling backgrounds and pasts. Foreign ownership investigation of A-League soccer teams reveals human rights concerns, match-fixing links - ABC News

There’s something here about never getting high on your own supply, but we can all relate to being overly dependent on a single player. Atlético Madrid’s “Kokedependencia” - Into the Calderon

What’s on TV today?

11:45 AM - Venezia vs Torino (Serie A) - Paramount+

12:00 PM - Crystal Palace vs Brighton & Hove Albion (EPL) - NBCSN

12:00 PM - Celta Vigo vs Granada (La Liga) - ESPN+

3:00 PM - Santos Laguna vs Monterrey (Liga MX Femenil) - ESPN+