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ICYMI: Last Week in Soccer June 19-25, 2017

A new series on BW covering what you might have missed in the soccer world over the last week.

Soccer: FIFA World Cup Qulifier-Trinidad & Tobago at USA Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Each week, Keith Buderus will catch us up on our Rapids, the USMNT, and anything else that might be going on in the soccer world.

A Week in the Life of a Rapids Academy Player

Our club has created a few new series to give us an ultimate look inside the player’s lives. Through a photo journal, Rapids Academy player Rhys De Sota gives us a glimpse into his uncommon world.

A Look at Dillon Powers’ Routine

Another new series focuses on the player’s prep and routine, the first to be featured was Dillon Powers and he also sat down for a Q&A (plus shows us how he saves some of his smoothie for later).

2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Roster Announced

USMNT head coach Bruce Arena has named the 23-player roster for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The players have begun training in Nashville after reporting on June 25. The team will play a Gold Cup tune-up match against Ghana on July 1 in Hartford, CT. We are highly likely to see one or two players from this roster impress enough to convince Arena they should be a part of the remaining hex, and potential World Cup matches.

Before leading the USMNT on a quest to claim their sixth confederation championship, head coach Bruce Arena gives us all a quality dose of coach speak.

That Michael Bradley Goal

Surely you haven’t forgotten the historic 1-1 draw with Mexico at the Estadio Azteca a few weeks back. With their ever-developing media team, US Soccer gave fans the opportunity to experience the action behind-the-scenes. If you’re anything like me, that Michael Bradley chip goal is guaranteed goose bumps for the rest of my life.

We are All on the Pulisic Hype Train

All aboard! As the hype train pulls through town, we all hop on with Roger Bennett (host of Men in Blazers) in hopes that the next USMNT starlet can lead the country to new heights. Christian Pulisic may not have superpowers right now, but this teenager is our biggest hope for our first, true world-class footballer.

Tim Howard Megs Josh Gatt

For all the keepers out there who never get the spoils, Tim Howard has a shout-out for you. Supporters of the club will be happy to see the guys having fun at training, despite the standings. I have to wonder if clips of this were dancing in his head when he missed the breakaway in Atlanta.

The end is near

After turning 30 years old on June 24, it is painful to realize the career of the best player on the planet is past its halfway point. Chris Jones of ESPN dives into the soccer world without Lionel Messi and we come away desperate to see him live before it’s all over.