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Major Link Soccer: Real royalty in Madrid

Real Madrid claim yet another Champions League title.

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Real Madrid celebrate 14th Champions League win Photo by Burak Akbulut/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The weekend was dominated by the Men’s UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool FC. The game proved to be yet another jewel in Real’s crown, but the actual match was in no small part overshadowed by the chaos and violence outside the stadium as fans struggled to gain entry and Liverpool supporters were tear gassed by riot police. In Seattle, both OL Reign and the Seattle Sounders played home games several hours apart at Lumen Field, and both sides grabbed impressive wins. The leagues that they both play in had plenty more drama in store. Now, in the men’s game, it’s time for the international break.


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MLS/Domestic men’s soccer

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NWSL/ Women’s soccer

With insight from former national team player and NWSL veteran McCall Zerboni, we explore what the USWNT’s historic CBA and equal pay fight means NWSL players. What does the USWNT collective bargaining agreement mean for the NWSL? - All For XI

After 10 years with the LA Lakers, Allison Howard aims to help grow the Current and the NWSL as a whole. Kansas City Current’s new president targets global scale for the NWSL - The Athletic

Two stoppage time goals secured a point for Orlando. The Orlando Pride embody pure NWSL After Dark energy - All For XI


Another GK not named Stefan Frei gets a look for the upcoming international fixtures. Zack Steffen withdraws, Sean Johnson added to USMNT June roster - Stars and Stripes FC

Global men’s soccer

A historic Courtois performance and Real Madrid’s defense and counterattacks earn the 14th Champions League for Los Blancos. Immediate Reaction: Liverpool 0 - 1 Real Madrid (2022 Champions League Final) - Managing Madrid

The captain raised the 14th Champions League to the skies and confirmed that he will be leaving the club this summer. Marcelo: “This was my last game for Real Madrid, to end like this gives me immense joy” - Managing Madrid

The legendary midfielder won his fifth Champions League last night. Modric: “There’s nothing bigger than Real Madrid” - Managing Madrid

Following Liverpool’s loss to Real Madrid, I try to make sense of the emotional impact of a loss that was also a disaster off the pitch due to the failings of the authorities. Unpacking the Emotional Toll of Losing the Champions League Final - The Liverpool Offside

The Reds are already looking ahead to next year’s challenge after falling to Real Madrid. Klopp To The Devastated Liverpool Fans: Book The Hotel For Next Year’s CL Final - The Liverpool Offside

Some times you just can’t fight against destiny. Digging Deeper Into Liverpool’s Champions League Final Loss To Real Madrid - The Liverpool Offside

Liverpool fans with tickets for the Champions League final were treated like cattle by French police - now UEFA must act, not divert blame. UEFA Champions League final: The real story of the carnage Liverpool fans faced in Paris | Football | Metro News

There was no getting past Thibaut Courtois in Paris. Liverpool 0, Real Madrid 1 - Recap: Liverpool Fall to Real Madrid in Champions League Final - The Liverpool Offside


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What’s on TV today?

12:00 PM - Kansas City Current vs. Racing Louisville (NWSL) - Paramount+

2:00 PM - Ballard FC vs. Only Town (USL League 2) - Eleven Sports

4:00 PM - Internacional vs. Atletico Mineiro (Brasileirão) - Paramount+

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