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Joey Saputo purchases a new team maybe, Ben Olsen signs a new contract, and FiveThirtyEight looks at English soccer.

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Seattle

To kick off its 24 Under 24 series, MLS examines one of its most prominent success stories: Fredy Montero. MLS will be releasing parts of its ranked list until Sept. 26.

The LA Galaxy offer a big obstacle in Seattle's run at the Supporters' Shield. The News Tribune takes a look at the Sounders' and Galaxy's respective situations.

The Tacoma Stars of the Western Indoor Soccer League are holding open tryouts on Oct. 19 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. There's a $25 fee to tryout and anyone ages 16+ is welcome.

Seattle's own Obafemi Martins and Djimi Traore were heavily featured in an MLS video working to tackle Ebola.

USA

With the NFL's domestic violence issues finally coming to a head, a spotlight is being shown on athletes in other leagues and their domestic violence issues. US Soccer is defending their actions regarding Hope Solo. US Olympic Committee chief executive Scott Blackmun told USA Today Sports "We have had discussions with U.S. Soccer and fully expect them to take action if it is determined that the allegations are true."

Joao Plata has been on fire this season, scoring 13 goals in 22 games. RSL Soapbox takes a look at whether or not he is Real Salt Lake's best player.

Sporting KC's resident hit-man Aurelien Collin has opened a clothing store in Kansas City. I'm not sure if the leggings worn on the right are sold at the store, but if so does someone want to figure out how to bulk order? Cause damn.

New York City FC are set to start practicing in January. Unfortunately they may be without Frank Lampard, as Manchester City FC are looking to extend his loan.

While an expansion team usually gets first choice in things like the SuperDraft and Expansion Draft, Orlando City and New York City FC are set to split the honors in 2015. Who gets first choice in what will be determined tomorrow in the "Expansion Priority Draft."

After finishing in last place in 2013, DC United's Ben Olsen has been signed to a new five year contract.

DC United's supporters' groups currently have a section in the middle of RFK Stadium, as opposed to behind one of the goals. DC United part-owner Jason Levien says that he wants the supporters' groups to retain their seats, even in a new stadium.

While no MLS mascots are in any real danger of being considered offensive, perhaps the mascot of one of your other teams lies in a grey area. If so, you can check with the New York Times' handy-dandy guide about when a mascot becomes offensive.

World

Did you know that rubbing cheese soaked in alcohol onto a leg injury will help it heal? Wait no, did you know that ex-Fulham manager Felix Magath believes that rubbing cheese soaked in alcohol onto a leg injury will help it heal?

Joey Saputo is currently in Bologna to purchase Italian club Bologna FC 1909. Perhaps this means a new manager at Bologna FC (every ten days).

FiveThirtyEight has a primer on the pyramid of English soccer. The article takes a look at the numbers behind a large-based promotion/relegation system, so it's worth a look even if you don't care about English soccer.

In the latest iteration of "someone designs one sports' jerseys as another sports' jerseys," Italian designer Emilio Sansolini has imagined NBA jersey in soccer form- sponsors and all.