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Abby Wambach needs to hire a driver, and the downward spiral of Romeo Parkes' career continues.

This picture is relevant; doesn't Frei look silly?
This picture is relevant; doesn't Frei look silly?
Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

Don't act like you haven't been counting down the days: the MLS primary transfer window closes Wednesday night (10pm PST), though deals may be announced afterwards so long as paperwork was filed in time. Recent comments by GM Garth Lagerway may have taken some of the DP suspense out of the air, but it remains to be seen if the Sounders are able to add a supplementary player to the roster in the meantime.

Dirty South Soccer concludes its series on expansion successes and failures with the curious case of the Seattle Sounders, the only one of the last nine expansion teams to make the playoffs in year one. While it's hard to imagine that 2009 team competing as well in today's MLS, it makes for a fun stroll down nostalgia way.

GeekWire looked through Spotify's most played songs by neighborhood in Seattle, skewed of course by the listening habits of those that use Spotify.

Here's your Alliance Council meeting recap from April 5th, with stadium replay policy at the forefront following the PK-driven loss to Vancouver.

MLS

BMO Field's $150 million renovation gives Toronto FC a stadium that matches their roster's ambitions, but at the cost of now sharing the field with new tenants, the CFL's Toronto Argonauts.

After receiving approval from the Los Angeles City Council on Friday to proceed with their stadium project, LAFC  released these renderings of the team's future stadium, projected to open in 2018.

NWSL

While Reign fans didn't have much to cheer about this weekend, everyone can cheer for Orlando Pride forward Sarah Hagen who celebrated her first goal for Orlando as well as her 11th year of being cancer-free.

As a result of this weekend's 2-0 loss, the Reign allow the Pride to leapfrog over them in this week's NWSL Power Rankings.

USA

TMZ reported on Monday that in June of 2014 Abby Wambach flipped her SUV in a late-night accident in Portland and left the scene of the car before police arrived. The report comes about a month after Wambach was arrested for a DUI in Portland in April.

Prepare to feel old: SKC Academy's Jaylin Lindsey became the first American soccer player with a birth year of 2000 or later to play in a professional competitive match, appearing in a USL match for Swope Park Rangers at age 16.

Saturday: Romeo Parkes' ridiculous violent actions. Sunday: the Pittsburgh Riverhounds terminate his contract. Monday: the USL suspends Parkes for the remainder of the 2016 season and playoffs, though it's hard to imagine a team that would want him after the weekend he's had.

The US Open Cup First Round begins on May 11; here's a look at where the 91 teams that qualified are based.

Aromas Cafe FC will be the first team from Virginia in the US Open Cup in two decades, representing their hometown of Charlottesville against Chesterfield United in the First Round.

World

Sounder At Heart readers have all enjoyed getting the chance to put their scouting caps on the last few weeks, but what goes into the decision-making behind the Twittersphere? A former employee of stats-oriented teams Brentford and FC Midtjylland breaks down the modern scouting approach, a hybrid of the old school eye-test and the newer data-driven approach.

It's only the 10th year that the Vatican has held the Clericus Cup, an intercollegiate tournament among Rome's Pontifical seminaries, but the competition has grown into decently-sized if not Biblical proportions.

Unusual Efforts examines the slowly-changing landscape of German soccer and when, if ever, a third challenger to Bayern Munich's dominance and Dortmund's Robin Hood-status will emerge.

Michel Platini announced that he will resign as president of UEFA after his 6-year ban from the sport was reduced to 4 years rather than overturned on appeal.