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Royal Roundup, June 26

Drama abounded in MLS this weekend, Germany won another Cup, and should Russia 2018 be in doubt?

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at Portland Timbers Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Around MLS this weekend

DOS A CERO! New York City 2, New York 0 - Hudson River Blue
After nearly a year, New York City FC finally beat New York Red Bulls.

D.C. United, Atlanta United, and why pressure is MLS’s defining tactic
Black and Red United delivers a strong look at one of the more prominent tactical approaches in the league. It's real good.

Timbers vs. Sounders, recap: Clint Dempsey does it again - Sounder At Heart
This match was a whole lot of fun to watch, with a red card, a stoppage-time goal, and some feistiness.

Earthquakes’ part ways with head coach Dominic Kinnear - SBI Soccer
Dom Kinnear found himself fired ... after beating Real Salt Lake at home. Weird.

Which refs are the most biased? - Sounder At Heart
From last week, Sounder at Heart took a look at referee bias. Turns out, Ted Unkel might be biased against RSL. You’d never have guessed.


16 MLS players named to USA's 23-man CONCACAF Gold Cup roster |
No RSL player was named to the U.S. 23-man roster. Breathing a sigh of relief here.

Fringe players eye Russia 2018: Five takeaways from the USMNT's Gold Cup roster -
Fresh faces abound — but maybe it's more about second chances for Bruce Arena's men.

International soccer

Germany vs. Cameroon: Final score 3-1, Die Mannschaft wins Confederations Cup group -
Germany just won't stop winning things.

VAR leads to Mabouka red after referee initially sends off wrong man | FourFourTwo
Video Assistant Referee just made a big splash in an international tournament.

Soccer’s Confounding Calculation: What’s a Player Worth? - The New York Times
A great piece from the Times focuses on one of the crazier parts of modern soccer.

The Holy Water Scandal of the 1990 World Cup - Howler Magazine
A quick blast from way back in 1990 when Argentina beat Brazil in the World Cup — and some very strange controversy.

Latest Russia allegations raise big questions for Fifa - and football | The Guardian
Should Russia 2018 be in doubt? The latest round of doping allegations — this time for Russia's World Cup squad — gives pause for thought.