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Germany-Spain was effectively to decide whether or not they can avoid an early knockout date with Jill Ellis's reigning world champions. Read the whole story
"To the people sending me death threats, let me set the record STRAIGHT! I never once said to never score as many goals as you can in a World Cup!!! PLEASE WATCH FULL SEGMENT! I said the exact
opposite. IT'S THE WORLD CUP. You score as many as you can and don't take the foot off the gas pedal. I did say I thought it was excessive and disrespectful the goal celebrations of the American
team once the score hit 8-0. Everyone is allowed their opinions towards my thoughts 100% but please leave the death threats!"
-- Kaylyn Kyle, who played for Canada at the 2015
Women's World Cup and serves as an analyst for TSN, on the death threats she received after calling out U.S. players for how they celebrated during their record-breaking 13-0 win over Thailand,
which she said was "disrespectful" and "disgraceful." (@KaylynKyle)
Wins by Italy and the Netherlands (on a last-minute penalty kick) give Europe seven of the eight berths in the quarterfinals. Read the whole story
Midfielder Sam Mewis, who started and scored twice in the USA's World Cup opener, reflects on her lessons from being an 2016 Olympic alternate. Read the whole story
1. MLS expansion team Austin FC secured the largest number of membership deposits ever placed in a single day in MLS history on Wednesday when its application
system went live. (Its website at one point crashed because of what Austin FC president Andy Loughnane termed "unprecedented traffic.") Fans can reserve up to eight seats per account for $50
(general seating and supporter section) or $100 (premium seating), both refundable. Austin FC received zoning approvals last week for its 20,500-seat stadium from the Austin city council and is
expected to break ground on the stadium in September.
2. Fiorentina, recently purchased by American Rocco Commisso, will replace Roma in the
2019 International Champions Cup after Roma was forced to withdrew from the summer tournament due to its early entrance in UEFA Europa League qualifying. Fiorentina's three matches will be
played July 16 against Guadalajara in Bridgeview, Illinois, July 20 against Arsenal in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Benfica on July 24 in Harrison, New Jersey. The Benfica match will be a
homecoming of sorts for Commisso, the Mediacom founder and New York Cosmos owner who was born in Italy but grew up in the New York area and played soccer at Columbia.
3. Real Salt Lake has named Englishman Tom Spall as the new director of the RSL Academy. Spall is familiar with the U.S. academy system because of his work for Double
PASS as an auditor. Double PASS, an offshoot of the University of Brussels' Department of Sport Management, was hired in 2015 to evaluate MLS and non-MLS programs in the Development Academy.