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Good morning! Today PPP shifts from World Class 24-hour curling coverage to NWSL coverage as World Cup players continue to return to their club teams. It was a pretty busy weekend with six of nine teams in action. The teams continue to see a bump in attendance after a wildly popular Women's World Cup. Take a look at the first link if you want to read about how the US National Team hasn't been doing a very good job of using their national spotlight to advertise the league.

Erin McLeod's Houston Dash take on the FC Kansas City at 8:00, a game that you can livestream on the NWSL youtube channel.

Long(er) Reads

Is the USWNT Helping or Hurting NWSL? | Keeper Notes

I have no idea how accurate this is, but Dash player (and former USWNT member) Ella Masar tweeted it out so I assume the piece isn't wildly off the mark.

Soccer's Sexist Political Economy | Jacobin Magazine

A couple good reads about the NWSL.

Game Recaps

Washington Spirit 3:0 Seattle Reign

HighlightsFull game

Reign Can't Stop Dunn, Fall 3-0 to Spirit | Sounder At Heart

Chicago Red Stars 1:1 Boston Breakers

HighlightsFull game

Breakers Grab Point on the Road Against Chicago | The Bent Musket

Western New York Flash 3:3 Sky Blue FC

HighlightsFull game

Rampone, O'Hara lead Sky Blue FC comeback against the Flash | Once A Metro

Other News

Alex Morgan Undergoes Minor Knee Procedure | Stumptown Footy

How long until Abby Wambach blames this injury on the turf?

Back In Portland: Tobin Heath, Nadine Angerer, Christine Sinclair | Stumptown Footy

Listen to Canadian Soccer Legend Christine Sinclair talk about the World Cup! German footballer Nadine Angerer talked about returning to the Portland Thorns as well. Also American Tobin Heath? Apparently the US played in the World Cup? And won? That sounds fake but okay.

Houston Dash travels to Kansas City looking to snap losing streak | Dynamo Theory

A look ahead to the Dash vs. Kansas City game tonight. The Dash are currently on a two game losing streak and in danger of falling out of the playoff race. I've decided to cheer for the Dash, which probably explains their poor play. Misery follows Leafs fans everywhere. Sorry Dash fans.