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The Reign kick off at Memorial Stadium, Dempsey is an early leader in the MVP race, and Liverpool 25 years later.

Hope Solo didn't have much to do, but did what she does when she had to.
Hope Solo didn't have much to do, but did what she does when she had to.
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Seattle

Another week, another entertaining Sounders comeback. Who needs exercise when our hearts already get their turbo switch flipped every weekend? As with every Sounders victory, it was quite a lot more fun for us than it was for the fans of the team we beat. Dallas suffered their first loss of the year, though it is hard to say whether it was more due to Clint Dempsey's goals or Clint Dempsey's complaining with the referees! That is not a fair synopsis of the article beyond that link, and it isn't meant to be. The Dallas faithful also learned a bunch about their own team, believe it or not.

Over to the Reign side, where the home eleven put together a resounding 3-0 fleecing of the already-fleeced Boston Breakers (because Sydney Leroux is now ours and you can't have her back). Kim Little scored twice shortly after halftime and Megan Rapinoe added another late for a 3-0 victory that felt like a rebirth for the year-old franchise. Sidereal wrote up a recap last night, but let me just say that if every game this season is like that (or even comes close) this will be a really special season for the Reign. The club this year appears to have moved past the malaise and uncertainty of 2013, and everything from the product on the field to the general sense of professionalism has seen the bar raised. This may sound like an advert (brought to you by Seattle Public Schools) I implore everyone who considers themselves a fan of soccer to check out a match this season. You'll find it worth your while.

The only negative that could be taken from the match was this moment from Rapinoe, frustrated with a push from behind.

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Tryouts for the Sounders U14 team are coming up at the start of May. Boy, do I wish that these academies had been a thing fifteen years ago...

MLS Soccer's Matt Doyle makes a lot of points about the state of MLS six weeks in, but one of the most relevant for those of us up here in the Puget Sound is the work that Obafemi Martins has been doing to make Dempsey the MVP at this point in the season. If there is a higher power of soccer, he will open his tab any day now.

MLS

League Commissioner Don Garber announced that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer last Friday. Luckily they found it quickly, and it hasn't spread. Garber is expected to carry on with his duties while he receives treatment.

Draw City gonna draw. Portland managed to grab mediocrity from the jaws of victory once again, wasting a Will Johnson goal in a 1-1 draw with Chivas USA. Chivas has found some unconventional "success" using players like Eriq Zavaleta in "unfamiliar" roles.

NASL

This weekend was the start of the NASL Spring season, and the beginning of the new Indy Eleven franchise. Perhaps it was only fitting that their first ever result was a 1-1 draw in front of over 11,000 fans. No other opening game saw more than 8,000 at the park, including the New York Cosmos' 4-0 home drubbing of the Atlanta Silverbacks. David Estrada played a full '90 but didn't factor into the scoring.

World

This weekend marked the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, and stadiums around the English Premier League started seven minutes late in solidarity. The best tribute of all, of course, was that of the fans in Liverpool. The world-famous "You'll Never Walk Alone" song was touchingly and resoundingly rendered by the fans at Anfield in a must-watch video. They then went ahead and played an entertaining game of football against Manchester City, taking a two goal lead and surrendering it before putting the winner away at the 78'. With the win, Liverpool is in the driver's seat to win the Premier League for the first time since 1990, the season after Hillsborough.

The FA Cup Semifinals will continue to be played at Wembley Stadium for the time being, if reports are to be believed.

What would you do to help your team save a penalty kick? One fan called on his Moon Prism Power. And hey, it worked.

From that same match, an assistant coach from Atletico Madrid was spotted going full Saiyan, rocking a pair of Google Glasses all the way up over 9,000.