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The Cascadia teams are all still alive for MLS Cup. RSL bring back Petke. Premier League 2?

MLS: Western Conference Knockout Round-San Jose Earthquakes at Vancouver Whitecaps Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

Do you want to get the definitive view of the massive ECS tifo from the Colorado game, or maybe just zoom in on your face from really far away? Here’s the Gigapan image from that match.

Cascadia dominated the top of the Western Conference table to end the season, and Vancouver destroyed San Jose to advance in the playoffs, joining the Sounders and Timbers. Charles Boehm discusses the three unique identities and traits of the Cascadia sides.

Former Sounders Academy goalkeeper Trey Muse is at Indiana University, impressing his coaches and teammates with big saves. This feature in the Indiana Daily Student has more.

Major League Soccer

Atlanta United, who have had an impressive inaugural season by nearly all measures, fell short of advancing in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs. After a 0-0 120+ minute stalemate, Columbus Crew advanced on penalties and move on to face NYCFC. Here’s the view from Atlanta’s side, and here is the reaction from the perspective of Crew fans.

Meanwhile, as mentioned above, Fredy Montero scored his first MLS playoff goal to set off a 5-0 thrashing of the San Jose Earthquakes.

The Columbus Crew potentially moving to Austin is bad for everyone, argues Matt Brown, who isn’t a big Crew fan or even MLS fan, but he is from Columbus and appreciates what the MLS side has done for the city.

Will the Crew players use this threatened relocation of their club as motivation to push further into the playoffs? Will they pull a 1995 Seattle Mariners (asks ESPNFC)?

Reading between the lines of Don Garber’s last few public comments about MLS expansion, you can pretty easily surmise that the top four contenders are currently Nashville, Detroit, Cincinnati and Sacramento.

Real Salt Lake may not have made the playoffs, but they have found enough confidence in new coach Mike Petke to re-sign him to a long-term extension.

For the last time this year, let’s take a look at the Power Ranking Averages from RSL Soapbox. The Sounders settled into the top four, and Toronto continued to hold down No. 1.

World

Univision Deportes has solidified its grasp on the Liga MX broadcasting rights, securing deals with every Liga MX team for 2017/2018.

At least 10 English clubs, mostly playing in the Championship, are exploring the idea of breaking away and creating a separate ‘Premier League 2’ with a new broadcast partner, rather than continue with what they believe is a bad deal with Sky Plc.