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Major Link Soccer: Wasp injuries to sideline Alexandre Lacazette

I’m watching Ballard FC, Tacoma Defiance, Seattle Sounders and some Women’s Euros this weekend.

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Olympique Lyonnais - Training Session
Did he try to tell the wasps to stop?
Photo by Leandro Amorim/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

NWSL

Which teams will make the NWSL playoff? - The Gaming Society
The playoff picture is on its Pablo Picasso.

Angel City FC: Expansion’s new standard - Angels on Parade
Angel City FC are closing in on first record for an expansion side, as they set new standards in NWSL.

MLS

Relentless Rapids dominate L.A. Galaxy, inch up the table - Burgundy Wave
Fans and players relish in the overdue victory at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

As TV Deals Expire, Major League Soccer Fields Smaller Offers From ESPN, Fox Sports
Major League Soccer believes it scored a goal when it gave away its entire media fleet to Apple, but it'll cost the league in U.S. broadcast fees.

He’s one of the fake-DPs they had to get rid of.

Who Should Sporting KC Sell in this Transfer Window? - The Blue Testament
Kansas City have assets and they should use them to look towards 2023.

Carlos Vela wins ESPY for Best MLS Player - Angels on Parade
Add another award to the growing list for El Rey

D.C. United acquires Ravel Morrison from Derby County - Black And Red United
D.C.’s latest signing moves with new coach Wayne Rooney

Loan Watch: Auro Jr. struggling for minutes at Santos - Waking The Red
The Toronto FC loanee has played just under 850 minutes since leaving the Reds in February.

other men’s club soccer

Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette sidelined due to wasp stings – Get French Football News
Moussa Dembélé and Alexandre Lacazette had an unfortunate run-in with wasps in a Dutch forest, and the latter could miss out on Lyon’s pre-season friendly against Feyenoord on Sunday as a result.

USL’s biggest disappointments: Indy struggle, Guenzatti can't score, and more - Backheeled
The 2022 USL regular season has been full of exciting surprises…and it’s also been full of disappointments.

Europe, Money, and the Problem with Disparity — American Soccer Analysis
American Soccer Analysis has been in the analytics game since 2013, and, early on in this project, we noticed something that’s always troubled us when it comes to taking the seminal analytics studies and concepts developed in Europe and applying it to an MLS data-set. To put it frankly, they don’t work as well.

Playoff Preview: Ballard FC Hosting First Two Rounds at Interbay Stadium - Ballard FC

United States national teams

Predicting the USWNT’s 2023 World Cup squad, one year out - The Athletic
A year out from the next World Cup and with qualification now sealed, USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski has some tough choices to make.

other international soccer

Football: a love letter to misery - All For XI
You know you’re gonna have to face it, you’re addicted to football.

Mexico suspends women’s Under-20 coaching staff | Pro Soccer Wire
The FMF has launched an investigation into its women's Under-20 national team, suspending head coach Maribel Domínguez and her entire staff.

Puget Sound soccer

MLS NEXT Pro Top 5 Rankings: Week 17 | MLSNEXTPro.com
We’re number one.

Match Preview: Sporting KC II returns to Swope Soccer Village for MLS NEXT Pro match against Tacoma Defiance on Friday | RSL Monarchs

stuff

Honor Among Thieves, the next D&D movie looks fun | Full Moon Storytelling
The D&D movie, Honor Among Thieves, looks like a fun romp by a perfect party of ne'er-do-wells, except Jean-Page, he's the Paladin.

What to Watch

Friday

Noon — Sweden vs Belgium in the Women’s Euro Quarterfinals on ESPN and TUDN.

5:00 PM PT — Sporting Kansas City II vs Tacoma Defiance at Swope Park (YES!) on MLSNextPro.com. Defiance look too good for this league when they’re at home, but struggle on the road.

7:00 PM PT — Ballard FC vs Project 510 (Oakland) in the USL League Two playoffs at Interbay.

Saturday

9:00 AM PT — Rosenborg vs Tromsø in Norway is on 11 Sports/OneSoccer/FIFA+. Watch Big Sam get another hattrick?

12:00 PM PT — France vs Netherlands in the Women’s Euro Quarterfinals on ESPN2 and TUDN.

7:00 PM PT — Seattle Sounders FC vs Colorado Rapids at Lumen Field on FOX 13+/Prime Video/ESPN+. Go us.

Sunday

5:00 PM PT — Austin FC vs New York Red Bulls on ESPN+. This is probably the best matchup of the MLS slate this weekend.

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