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Bill Radke speaks with Steven Agen, Seattle editor of Prost Amerika and host of the podcast Radio Cascadia, about the causes and fall out of the U.S. Men's National Soccer team failing to make it into the World Cup in Russia in 2018. 

On Sunday, the Seattle Sounders were officially welcomed back to their home field for the first time after winning the championship last year.

The team may play under one championship banner now, but when they stand for the national anthem many players face a flag that is not their own.


Bill Radke talks with Steve Clare about Clint Dempsey's return to the Seattle Sounders FC. Steve Clare is owner and editor of the soccer news site Prost Amerika.

Soccer ball on artificial truf
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Washington state health officials say artificial turf that contains crumb rubber does not appear to cause cancer.

Crum rubber is commonly made from old tires.

Wilmer Dueño missed a brief Sounders rally in Seattle but he'll be cheering during the MLS final.
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The Seattle Sounders F-C will play in their first-ever Major League Soccer championship match Saturday against Toronto.

For local soccer fans, that means emotions are high … even if their numbers aren’t.

There may have been two dozen King County employees at a Sounders flag-raising and pep rally Friday.

Seattle Sounders midfielder Alvaro Fernandez plays at Century Link Field in Seattle on October 23, 2016.Seattle Sounders midfielder Alvaro Fernandez plays at Century Link Field in Seattle on October 23, 2016.
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Deborah Wang talks to Steve Clare, owner and editor of the soccer news site Prost Amerika, about the Seattle Sounders chances as they head to Toronto for the MLS Cup on Saturday.

Seattle Reign goalkeeper Hope Solo was suspended from the U.S. National Team after her comments following a loss to Sweden in the Olympics.
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Bill Radke speaks with Mike Pesca, host of Slate's podcast The Gist, about the decision by the U.S. National Soccer Team to suspend star goalie Hope Solo because of remarks she made during the Olympics in Rio. 

In a stunning upset in Olympic women's soccer Friday, Sweden eliminated defending gold medalists and reigning World Cup champions Team USA. The quarterfinal match in Brasilia went to penalty kicks after the teams deadlocked 1-1 through 120 minutes of play.

The U.S. Men’s National Team poses ahead of a Copa America match against Paraguay on June 11.
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The eyes of the soccer world are on Seattle this week for the COPA America Tournament. On Tuesday, a diverse crowd poured into CenturyLink field to watch the world’s top-ranked men’s national team, Argentina, take on Bolivia.

The U.S. Men's National Team plays in Seattle in a quarterfinal match Thursday night. Millions are expected to watch the game in the U.S.

After overwhelmingly approving new reform measures, FIFA members have narrowly elected Gianni Infantino of Switzerland as their next president.

The first round of voting wasn't decisive — while Infantino, general secretary of Europe's UEFA soccer organization, edged out Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, the favorite leading into the election, neither reached the required two-thirds majority of the 207 votes.

In the second round of voting, which only required a simple majority, Infantino took home 115 votes.

Soccer chief Sepp Blatter has been banned by the same organization that he helped build.

As The Washington Post reports, Blatter, the "architect of modern soccer," is now firmly at the center of a bribery scandal that has engulfed soccer's governing body.

Tonight marks the end of an era for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team. The World Cup champions play their final Victory Tour match against China in New Orleans. It's also the final game for one of their longtime stars: Abby Wambach.

The 35-year-old forward is hanging up her cleats after a stellar career. Consider:

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On Thursday morning, the ethics committee of soccer's world governing body banned the group's president and other leaders for 90 days, citing ongoing investigations into allegations against FIFA President Sepp Blatter, UEFA President and FIFA Vice President Michel Platini and FIFA Secretary-General Jérôme Valcke.

The suspensions go into effect immediately and could be extended by 45 days, FIFA says.

Kim Little (left) of Seattle Reign FC plays at Memorial Stadium in Seattle during an 2015 NWSL match/
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This morning, NPR listeners heard Frank Deford’s take on why women’s sports get so little attention:

There aren’t that many women’s team sports. You look at the Women’s World Cup in soccer, it got tremendous coverage. Good grief, it really led coverage for a week or so. But once it was over, there was no carry over -- there was no women’s soccer league to go on and to pick up that attention.

Northwest soccer fans took to social media to point out that, um, what about Seattle Reign FC? A team that, by the way, will play Kansas City FC in the National Women’s Soccer League championship on Thursday. 

American fans march fill the street as they march to the final match at BC Place.
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VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The streets of Vancouver were abuzz this weekend as U.S. soccer fans poured into the city to watch the showdown between the U.S. Women’s National Team and Japan in the final of the World Cup.

With the final game just over the border at BC Place, fans from Washington state made their way north.

A U.S. national team stocked with players from Northwest pro soccer teams faces its toughest test to date at the FIFA Women's World Cup.

The U.S. played against Nigeria in their final group match of the World Cup at BC Place, Vancouver, BC. Their 1-0 win allowed them to win their group before going into the knockout stage.
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Marcie Sillman speaks with KUOW web producer and freelance soccer reporter Kara McDermott about the progress of the U.S. women's national soccer team in this year's World Cup in Canada. The U.S. survived group play in the group of death and will play for a quarterfinal position Monday night against Colombia.

Megan Rapinoe is seen in action in 2012.
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Marcie Sillman talked to Megan Rapinoe, midfielder for the Seattle Reign FC and the U.S. Women's National Team in 2013 about her career and the future of soccer in the United States. The women's team opens play in the World Cup in Canada on Monday.

The U.S. Women's National Team coach has named four soccer pros from the Northwest to the World Cup roster Tuesday.

Wherever you stand on the matter of American exceptionalism, there is one indisputable fact: We are the exception when it comes to soccer. For just about every other nation, soccer is the sport — a far, far better thing than the American dollar, beer, Google or sex. Alas, in the United States, soccer has been more commonly identified with soccer moms than soccer players.

Soccer star Hope Solo of Seattle has been suspended from the U.S. Women’s National Team and sent home from training camp.

A municipal court judge in suburban Seattle has dismissed domestic violence charges against home-grown soccer superstar Hope Solo.

A municipal court judge in Kirkland, Washington, is mulling whether to dismiss domestic violence charges against U.S. soccer star Hope Solo.

The choice of Qatar as host for the Soccer World Cup in 2022 continues to cause controversy.

Bribery and corruption allegations about the original bid refuse to go away and human rights activists have criticized Qatar’s treatment of the vast migrant workforce employed in construction projects.

But what is the responsibility of the international companies who were awarded massive contracts in Qatar?

The U.S. Women's National Soccer team finished its 2014 season with a second-place finish Sunday in the rainy final of the International Tournament of Brasilia. Brazil and the U.S. played to a 0-0 draw.

Soccer's governing body said today it will further review the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, reopening for scrutiny the mechanism by which Russia and Qatar were awarded the tournaments.

DeAndre Yedlin (third from left) trains with the US National Team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
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Marcie Sillman talks to Jordan Conn, writer for Grantland, about the Seattle Sounder's DeAndre Yedlin and the success he's found in the last few years.

Commentator: Stop Talking About Hope Solo

Sep 24, 2014
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 Jeannie Yandel speaks with ESPNW columnist Kate Fagan about how the public and the media should treat the allegations of domestic abuse against Seattle Reign player Hope Solo, and what the charges mean in comparison to similar allegations against National Football League players.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Reign FC captain Keelin Winters about her path into professional sports and what it's like to play for the National Women's Soccer League in Seattle. The team has had a standout season this year. After posting the best record in the league, their Laura Harvey was named coach of the year and Kim Little was the league MVP. The team plays for the championship on Sunday at Starfire stadium Tukwila.

Organizers of the next FIFA Women's World Cup hope to leverage the unusually high interest in this year's men's tournament in Brazil to their benefit. Group play and the 2015 World Cup final will take place just across the border in Vancouver, Canada.

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