1. Heather O’Reilly will retire after the 2019 NWSL season with the North Carolina Courage.
The 34-year-old midfielder is arguably the
most-decorated player in U.S. women's soccer history. She won pro titles with Sky Blue FC (WPS) in 2012, FC Kansas City (NWSL) in 2015 and the Courage in 2018. The UNC product played in three World
Cups, winning in 2015, and on U.S. Olympic gold-medal teams in 2004, 2008 and 2012. She retired from the national team in 2016 with 231 caps.
-- Major League Soccer: Week 7 Results 2. Bruce Arena and Landon Donovan will make their Gold Cup studio debuts as Fox Sports analysts
for this summer's tournament. The broadcast team
will be led by John Strong and Stu Holden, the lead team at the 2018 World Cup. Joining Donovan and Arena as studio analysts will be Cobi Jones, Maurice Edu and Fernando Fiore. Kate Abdo will host the
nightly Gold Cup and Women’s World Cup wrap-up show from the Fox studios in Los Angeles. 3. Walter Schmetzer Sr.
passed away on Thursday at the age of 84
. The German immigrant played a huge role in the growth of soccer in the Seattle area. Sporthaus Schmetzer was an institution, opening in 1974, the first
year of the Seattle Sounders, and outfitting players for 43 years. His sons Andy, Walt and Brian, the Sounders' current head coach, were all professional players in the 1980s and 1990s.
-- Frank McDonald: Saying goodbye to a Seattle soccer
(SB Nation, 2017)