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A new look for our Reign FC coverage, Tim Cahill talks Petke, and £1 billion of Premier League transfers. Also, red cards shaped like pepperoni.

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Seattle

Sounder at Heart, as you probably know, endeavors to cover all things Seattle-area soccer, and Seattle Reign FC is an important part of that. Yesterday, SAH's Reign sub-blog (Bob Loblaw's Sub-Blog?), Ride of the Valkyries, got its own logo, new-look landing page, and after some CSS magic, color scheme. Check it out here in all its glory!

If his tweets are any indication, Tyrone Mears is excited to get started with his new team:

In an interview for the Sounders site, Mears says Seattle was his top choice among the clubs he could have signed with, particularly because Sigi was looking for an attacking and speedy right fullback to replace DeAndre Yedlin.

For those of you who get a little shaky and pale this time in the preseason when there haven't been any earth-shattering signings, don't miss Dave Clark's roundup of what moves the Western Conference teams have made at this point in the offseason.

Major League Soccer

Philadelphia Union's high school/academy has been open less than two years, and already a "quartet of 17 year olds" is showing a lot of promise in preseason training with the team, according to head coach Jim Curtin.

Montreal Impact has a date with Mexican side Pachuca in the CONCACAF Champions League, but only one healthy and eligible goalkeeper, which could be an issue. With no aging Italians available, the Impact signed Kristian Nicht of the NASL's Indy Eleven on a month-long loan.

Moneyball for soccer, and in particular MLS. It's a topic that gets talked about a lot, but here's an interesting take from a Philadelphia perspective on what it takes to play the MLS system.

More fuel for the NYRB/Mike Petke fire: Tim Cahill talks about how Petke loved the club more than anyone, and was shocked at his firing after Petke led the the club to its first trophy-winning season.

The latest from the Don on the status of the collective bargaining agreement. And more, in video form this time. For his part, Robbie Keane may make many times what most of his teammates do, he would still strike for the little guys.

Being an MLS fan who had a team, but who now very much does not have a team, sucks. Alicia Rodriguez can tell you first hand in a new column: "The Neutral Chronicles."

Orlando City SC just can't seem to snag a shiny center back, after Brazilian Paolo André has opted to return to his home league.

US Soccer

Get your single game Womens World Cup tickets here starting today!

More than 50,000 tickets have been sold for the April USA v MEX game at San Antonio's Alamodome.

Why aren't more top US U-17 players moving on to great success with the senior USMNT?

Here's Ives' opinion: stop messing around: Lee Nguyen is the key to creating the attack in the midfield, so let him do it.

Don't expect to see Tim Howard in MLS any time soon.

World

Panini's famous World Cup sticker album will again be produced for this summer's Women's World Cup (after the first in 2011), with over a million copies planned.

The international transfer market is a scary and ruthless place. Here's how Chelsea are winning the game.

Happy 30th Birthday, Cristiano Ronaldo, how long can your unreal skills cheat the natural decline in your physical prowess on the north side of 30?

Yes, the Premier league will likely break the £1 billion barrier in transfers this summer.

"Qatar Airways Camp Nou?" Uh oh, purists.

We love dummy goals, but we really love double-dummy goals:

Sometimes, when Francesco Totti shakes your hand, your mind is literally blown to smithereens:

And finally, what in the name of all that is good and holy is this thing?