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"I imagined MLS and I imagined a stadium. But nothing like this stadium. This wonderful facility, how did this happen? The feeling when you get inside, it's almost like you're in another universe,
like you're down at Disneyland. But here you are in plain, old St. Paul Midway."
-- Buzz Lagos, the former St. Paul Academy math teacher who started the Minnesota Thunder and is
responsible more than anyone carrying the torch for soccer in Minnesota between the NASL Kicks and current Minnesota United, on Allianz Field, which opens on Saturday when the Loons host NYCFC. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
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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 institution (SB Nation, 2017)