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Royal Roundup, June 30: USOC upsets, Orlando City, mental illness

Here’s the latest in American soccer.

MLS: U.S. Open Cup-Chicago Fire at FC Cincinnati Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Required Reading

Steven Caulker: ‘I’ve sat here for years hating myself … This year was almost the end’ | Football | The Guardian
This was a very powerful piece on one player's struggle with mental illness.

“I’ve sat here for years hating myself and never understood why I couldn’t just be like everyone else,” he says. “This year was almost the end. I felt for large periods there was no light at the end of the tunnel.”

RSL vs. Orlando City SC

Orlando City Waives Midfielder Matías Pérez García - The Mane Land
Here's one player RSL won't have to worry about tonight.

PawedCast Episode 92: Chicago Fire Rewind, Pride-Dash, Real Salt Lake Preview, and More - The Mane Land
I stopped by on The Mane Land's PawedCast to talk why Orlando City fans are so frustrated with Luis Gil.

Orlando City Looking to Reverse Bad Summertime Trend in 2017 - The Mane Land
Jason Kreis has a lot of work to do to get Orlando City up and running.

Real Salt Lake Match Provides a Good Chance for Larin to Forget his Problems - The Mane Land
The Canadian forward missed three matches after a DUI arrest. He might be returning against RSL.

From player to coach: How RSL turned an MLS joke into the league's new model | FourFourTwo
Ten years ago a desperate RSL handed Jason Kreis a rare opportunity. Former owner Dave Checketts recalls that watershed moment in MLS coaching.

US Open Cup

FC Cincinnati, Miami FC eliminate MLS foes in in U.S. Open Cup | SI.com
There were two huge upsets in the US Open Cup last night.

#USOC2017 Game Recap: FC Dallas 3, Colorado 1 - Burgundy Wave
FC Dallas ran roughshod over Colorado Rapids.

Sounders at San Jose Earthquakes, recap: Open Cup ends down a man, and a goal - Sounder At Heart
Seattle lost in the US Open Cup to San Jose. I guess that's good.

FC Cincinnati shows there is no limit to what American soccer can become - SBNation.com
The latest sensation in American soccer is FC Cincinnati. Their rise has been meteoric.

Why do we love the U.S. Open Cup? Let us count the ways. - The Washington Post
The U.S. Open Cup is a pretty great tournament.

International

Germany vs. Mexico: Final score 4-1, Leon Goretzka fires his team into Confederations Cup final - SBNation.com
Of course Germany won. Of course they did.