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Turns out bringing in migrant workers and confiscating their passports so they can't leave isn't entirely ethical.

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Today is Columbus/Indigenous People's Day, and without any local pro sports teams in action yesterday (and certainly nothing else noteworthy over the weekend) I wish all of you who have the day off a peaceful, unproductive day off. Unless you have a Samsung Galaxy 7, in which case your day may be eventful whether you like it or not.

Seattle

Congratulations are in order for Georgetown Brewing, which won the American IPA gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival.

NWSL

The Washington Spirit lost the NWSL Final in AGONIZING fashion to the Western New York Flash yesterday. Crystal Dunn scored a minute into extra time to give the Spirit a 2-1 lead, but the Flash scored on a header in the final seconds to force PKs. Some pinpoint placement from Flash takers allowed the organization that did this to win a championship.

College

Sounders Academy product Paul Christensen came up big with a PK save in the Portland Pilots' blowout win over Gonzaga.

A single goal was enough for the Stanford Cardinal, who visited the 14th ranked Washington Men and returned to California with a win. Meanwhile, the women's team finally got their first Pac-12 win of the season after hosting Arizona.

Seattle U's women, playing with Golden Goal overtime rules, topped CSU Bakersfield for a dramatic 3-2 victory. On the men's side, Alex Roldan was one of five scorers in a rout of Houston Baptist.

US

Jill Ellis is starting to use the NWSL as the US roster pool it is meant to be; Merritt Mathias is one of several players on the team's newest roster that will have a chance to get her first international cap.

Men's Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann took extra note of the team's 2-0 victory over Cuba in a weekend friendly, citing growing up on the West side of the Berlin Wall while his father's family was on the other side.

MLS

The LA Galaxy have finally gotten around to installing permanent team signage at the StubHub Center, after making do for years when Chivas USA left the stadium. These are but some of the improvements the Galaxy have made to get ready for their new, far funnier neighbors in 2018.

The benefit of USL affiliates is on full display with the Sporting KC organization, where the Swope Park Rangers have developed a strong center-back duo partnership.

FIFA

Awarding the FIFA World Cup to Qatar has yet to spark a societal change, and now Swiss lawyers are charging the governing body with complicity in major human rights violations (including the deaths of hundreds of migrant worker/slaves.)

Also corrupt is the EPL, where back-alley deals and secret rules govern the transfers of young players.

Changes may be in store for CONCACAF's World Cup Qualifying process.