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TV ratings were up in 2017

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Seattle

Read our Scouting Report and Six Questions. It’s matchday. Here’s more gameday reading.

Sounders, Dynamo ready for showdown | Sports | tdn.com
Last year, the Houston Dynamo finished at the bottom of the Western Conference. This season they’re playing for the conference title.

2017 MLS Playoffs, Houston Dynamo vs Seattle Sounders Preview: Dynamo ready to wreck playoff brackets as they host Seattle in leg 1 of the Western Conference Championship - Dynamo Theory
The Dynamo are in the Western Conference Championship and ready to go all the way to the MLS Cup.

Playoff Edition: Pick the Houston Dynamo Starting Lineup against the Seattle Sounders, Leg 1 - Dynamo Theory
Who should the Dynamo start in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals?

Stefan Frei eager to use award snubs to fire Seattle Sounders' trophy push | MLSsoccer.com

Academy kids are getting calls to USYNT.

Roster: U.S. U-18 boys begin their new cycle 11/21/2017

Trio of Seattle Sounders Academy prospects called in to United States U-14 national team | Seattle Sounders FC

NHL Expansion is still a possibility

NHL - Seattle should be the next expansion city
Sure, Houston is in the news and ready to get the next NHL franchise, whether it's through expansion or relocation. But the Pacific Northwest makes more sense for the 32nd team for a lot of reasons.

MLS

TFC's Vazquez reflects on his turbulent soccer journey, relationship with Messi - Video - TSN
Toronto FC midfielder Victor Vazquez sits down with Kristian Jack to discuss his turbulent journey on the pitch and his everlasting relationship with Barcelona and Lionel Messi.

FC Cincinnati Stadium Receives Boost with Hamilton County Commission Support - Cincinnati Soccer Talk

Better TV windows boost viewership for MLS
MLS broadcasts on Fox saw a 5 percent increase and Univision networks an 8 percent increase in average viewership for this past season. The average viewership of MLS broadcasts on ESPN networks was down less than 1 percent, although broadcasts on ESPN and ESPN2 individually had year-over-year increases of 1 percent and 9 percent, respectively. According to MLS, viewership on TSN/CTV and TVA in Canada were both up 8 percent over the previous year, following new five-year deals with both broadcasters in January.

SaveTheCrew

Michael Arace | Area's big businesses can save the Crew - Sports - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
Anthony Precourt has been the obvious and most convenient piñata hanging in the middle of Crew supporters who think it is madness to steal away with Columbus’ team. I have used this space to take my own swings at Precourt and, while my arms are not tired, it’s time to take a breath.

Columbus Foundation CEO pitching stadium plan to keep Crew - News - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
The president and CEO of the Columbus Foundation is pitching a Downtown site for a 21,000-seat soccer stadium aimed at keeping Crew SC in Columbus.The proposal by Doug Kridler places the new stadium between North 5th and 6th streets just north of Mount Vernon Avenue, near the BalletMet building. The site, just south of I-670, is a parking lot now owned by Abbott Manufacturing (Abbott Laboratories).

US Soccer

Rumor: Sunil Gulati considering not running for USSF president - Soc Takes
Sunil Gulati is considering not running for the office of U.S. Soccer president in February, according to a source close to the situation.