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Blue Links: Kickoff changes, Power Rankings, & Teams of the Week

A quick update with all things soccer for the Kansas City fan.

MLS: U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal-Houston Dynamo vs Sporting KC
There’s just something about that Johnny Russell.
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MLS announced changes to kickoff times for two matches on Saturday. Due to heat in the Portland area, POR vs HOU was pushed back to 10pm. It was supposed to be on ESPN, but they will now show SKC v DAL which has been moved to an 8pm kickoff. (

Swope Park Rangers keeper Christian Herrera racked up 7 saves in a 0-0 draw with Rio Grande Valley on Sunday and earned himself a spot on the USL Team of the Week. (

Sporting Kansas City dropped one spot down to #8 in the MLS Power Rankings after the off week. Atlanta, NYCFC, and NYRB makeup the top three. (

FC Dallas signs Chilean attacking midfielder Pablo Aranguiz (

U.S. WNT stunned by Pinnacle, hungry for success as Tournament of Nations kicks off Thursday (

Megan Rapinoe has been named to the 10 player shortlist FIFA’s Best Women’s Player award, the lone USWNT player to be nominated. (

Voting is open on Twitter for the MLS All Star team captain. (

Quintero headlines the MLS Team of the Week with a goal and 2 assists as Minnesota thrashed LAFC 5-1. (

But Josef Martinez is the real star once again as he bagged his 6th MLS hat-trick. He was named MLS Player of the Week. That man has now scored 41 goals in 42 MLS appearances. (

MLS Instant Replay had a lot to talk about this week. Orlando City fans were absolutely incensed about a weird VAR decision. (