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It's USWNT game day! Last group game is tonight at 8 p.m. ET against Nigeria, so get pumped. Look out for our preview and gamethread later, and until then, feast your eyes on these soccer links.

Cup Clash Brings D.C.’s Kasper Home To Face Hounds " Official Site of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Some quick reading for you ahead of tomorrow's Open Cup game.

Pinoe's Biggest Fan - U.S. Soccer
I didn't know any of this about Megan Rapinoe's brother. Good read.

Four years later: Abby Wambach's 2011 header heard 'round the world

Nigeria's harsh gay rights policy creates tension prior to U.S. clash - Planet Futbol -
:( :( :(

Women's World Cup: How Each Team Can Advance
I like when people think all of this through for me because I am very lazy.

A 'vicious circle' plaguing the world of women’s soccer in Brazil - The Globe and Mail
"Now the women are getting more beautiful, putting on make-up. They go in the field in an elegant manner. Women's football used to copy men's football. Even the jersey model, it was more masculine. We used to dress the girls as boys. So the team lacked a spirit of elegance, femininity. Now the shorts are a bit shorter, the hair styles are more done up. It's not a woman dressed as a man." ACTUAL WORDS SPOKEN BY AN ACTUAL BRAZILIAN WOMEN'S SOCCER OFFICIAL.

Sources: Cosmos, MLS in the running to acquire Herculez Gomez -
The Herc Gomez SKC situation is still so ridiculous. Please don't let him go play for the Cosmos. Come on.

New FIFA 16 trailer may hint at increased MLS inclusion - Black And Red United
For you gamers out there.

A Plan to Fortify the U.S. Women, From a Pioneer
I like that the headline of this article makes it sound like detailed instructions for beating The Oregon Trail.

Pele joining New York 40 years ago changed US soccer forever - ESPN FC
Because I have a deep love for the National Museum of American History, I've always been sad that their collections have hardly any American soccer objects. One thing they do have, though, is a Pele Cosmos jersey. This article kind of reminded me why that makes sense.

Guest column: Thoughts after the first week of FIFA Women’s World Cup - The Washington Post
By the Washington Spirit's Tiffany Weimer.

Canada's soccer Miracle That Wasn't | Soccer | Sports | Edmonton Sun
A good read, especially if you, like me, have next to no knowledge of Canadian soccer/its history.

Why Italia 90 was not beautiful to everyone, but will always be special | Amy Lawrence | Football | The Guardian
That mascot tho.

What else you guys got?