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Brian Schmetzer is driving his team straight to the playoffs. With a win against Houston the Sounders will clinch a playoff spot and maintain their 100% post season appearance record.

Seattle

In this particular instance Jordan Morris is "OK" with the club before country stance, especially when the club can clinch a playoff spot with a win.

A home win against Houston is all that is needed Wednesday for Seattle, which won just five of its first 17 games, to nail down a postseason spot.

Washington has a #1 team at the collegiate level, the undefeated Western Washington University  women's soccer team sits atop of the NCAA DII national poll.

U.S. Soccer

U.S. Soccer has built a national girls Development Academy program that includes 74 Clubs in six regional divisions. The program is designed to accelerate the development of world-class female players and will begin play in the fall of 2017.

Predrag Radosalvjevic is ready to get back into the game and this time St Louis will be his home. Preki has been in the soccer wilderness for sometime for over a year, but with St Louis on the MLS radar for an expansion team this could be a good fit for the former MLS MVP.

Mark November 11th down on your calendar if your a US Soccer fan. For the fifth time since Columbus has been the host of one of the biggest rivalries in international soccer, tickets for the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier are sold out.  The all important match that distinguishes CONCACAF supremacy falls  on Veterans Day making it extra special for a soccer fan and veteran like myself.

The U.S. Women’s National Team will play Romania twice in November, opening the two-game set at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, on Thursday, Nov. 10  before traveling down the coast for a second match on Sunday, Nov. 13 at the StubHub Center in Carson. These two games will close out the USWNT 2016 season..

World Soccer

When a player is not wanted by the coach things can get rough. Oumar Niasse is currently experiencing the tougher side of the professional game. The saga says much about the Premier League, with its power plays and financial imperatives, and it reinforces the image of England's top division as ruthless.

San Marino is a tiny country of 33,000 people, they are also perennial losers when it comes to international soccer and look to any little thing they can celebrate. They found something to celebrate and Mattia Stefanelli became an instant legend.

Professional athletes and especially professional soccer players sometimes need things done for them when time constraints take over. In the EPL Charles Porter is that guy who does it all.

Real Madrid will be adding a retractable roof to the Santiago Bernabeu after finally reaching a £360million agreement with the city to remodel the stadium

Soccer, like life, isn't perfect. There's a lot about the game that we adore, but there are more than a few things we'd fix if we could. ESPN has asked their writers to share what they would and wouldn't do to fix the game.

Major League Soccer

Michael Bradley might not be joining his dad at Swansea, but the younger Bradley could have another Italian sojourn up his sleeve.

The USMNT has always been strong at the goalkeeper position, and now with ten more young goalkeepers coming through the ranks it looks like the US will stay in good hands .

Speaking of good hands, with only about three weeks left in the MLS regular season who is your pick for Goalkeeper of the Year? One journalist thinks there are only two options.

There can be few MLS managers in history so unbothered by not utilizing their development pipeline if he feels there is something else to be done, for Bruce Arena and the LA Galaxy a transition, change, adjustment, or modification is coming.

Goals of the Week: Can you assist your own goal? Mexico makes it look easy, Janssen does it alone.