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The Daily Dirt, June 14: Mexico draws, Italy counterattacks, and referees argue

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Soccer: 2016 Copa America Centenario-Mexico at Venezuela Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

If you haven’t checked out Episode 30 of the Mouths of the South podcast, click this link RIGHT NOW for an interview with Atlanta United President Darren Eales.

Two interesting games in today’s international tournament action. Iceland makes their major tournament debut at 3pm against Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal (ESPN, WatchESPN). They’ve only played twice in history, with Portugal winning both as part of the qualification process for Euro 2012.

I’m looking forward to Chile vs. Panama tonight at 8pm (FS1, Fox Sports GO) that will decide who advances with Argentina from Group D of the Copa America Centenario. It probably won’t be pretty, but it should be an entertaining affair. I’ll be surprised if both teams finish the match with 11 players.

Here’s some other news to get you ready for today...

Surf Wax America

Referees vs. referees: the PSRA accuses PRO of violating their collective bargaining agreement (ESPN FC)

Seattle preparing their summer shopping list, looking at San Lorenzo’s playmaker Sebastian Blanco (Sounder at Heart)

A look at the USL’s FC Cincinnati, averaging 16,203 fans per game in their inaugural season (

Take a look at the USWNT’s players in Week 8 of the NWSL season (Stars and Stripes FC)

You Rock My World

Spain get off to a winning start in Euro 2016, winning 1-0 after a Gerard Pique goal. (SB Nation)

We need more fans at Euro 2016 like the Irish and Swedish, let’s all sing ABBA in the streets (SB Nation)

Venezuela jumped out to a 1-0 lead on the golazo above by Velazquez, but Mexico answered with one of their own (Sports Illustrated)

Spaghetti Junction

A guide to Atlanta Falcons minicamp at Flowery Branch (The Falcoholic)

Braves lose a nail-biter to the Reds 9-8 (Talking Chop)

Get a preview of the Atlanta Hawks’ possibilities in the upcoming NBA Draft on the CawCast (Peachtree Hoops)

Issues with sanctioning the Georgia Tech vs. Boston College football game in Ireland (From the Rumble Seat)