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From the Wide World of Soccer:

The Worldwide Leader in Sports (TM) released the list of nominees for the ESPYs yesterday, an award show best known for Drake wearing flowing pants. Giovinco will likely win best MLS player. [ESPYS]

The always excellent Guardian weekend preview. [Guardian]

Orlando coach Adrian Heath rants against using tiebreakers in MLS regular season. Not sure who he is ranting against, but that shouldn't stop him. [Orlando Sentinel]

Which club benefited the most from the two-week Copa break? [ESPNFC]

Once you get a few coffees in you, I recommend this great longform on the rise of analytics in soccer. [Football Times]

The impact of Brexit will be far beyond just financial systems. [Telegraph]

Vice does the most Vice thing ever, and revisits Victory, a long forgotten soccer/nazi-fighting flick that starred Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, Max Von Sydow, and Pelé. You can keep it on your backburner for a quirkier Netflix and chill sesh. [VICE]

Right in Stumptown:

Lucas Melano was fined for his over the top Jack Bauer style tumbleroll.  [ESPNFC]

Jamie B. examines the incredible support the Thorns receive, with over 10,000 season ticket holders. [Oregon Live]

No one takes more shots than Diego Valeri, and no one makes more tackles than Diego Chara. [Timbers]