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Portland is adding 4,000 seats, and two Sounders make the top 10 deals in MLS.

MLS:

Our neighbors to the south are adding some seats so that when there is a national TV game, you can actually hear their fans. It is a cool idea, though I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a soccer cathedral as they are.

The Rapids were the victims of the DisCo this week, with CB Kortne Ford getting a retroactive suspension for a hard foul from their match against Minnesota United. A foul was called, but no card issued, on an elbow to the back of the head.

Who are the ten best steals in MLS? I disagree with a couple of these, but the two Sounders that made the list definitely deserved it.

Craig Waibel has been making the decisions at RSL since Garth Lagerway left, and it is likely he brings in some field support for Mike Petke before the window closes in early May. RSL is missing the timeline; firing and hiring a new coach just a few games in and getting their primary window signings in after the season is underway.

Speaking of things RSL has done not-how-I-would-do-it, kit sponsor LifeVantage has been warned by the FDA for a product they claim treats cancer but, well... it hasn’t been tested for that.

Indy Eleven was hoping to make the move to MLS, but, like FC St. Louis, public funding for a stadium has been denied (or at least halted). It likely will kill the bid if they can’t find private funding almost immediately.

For all the other cities trying to make it into the final four of MLS expansion, here is how their bids are looking right now.

In MLS coaching circles, as with most US sports, there is a lack of diversity, and that’s something that Chicago Fire General Manager, Nelson Rodriguez, thinks is wrong. “I refuse to believe that the best people and best professionals are mostly white males.”

USA:

Nashville is making strides for a new stadium as they ready for their inaugural season in the USL, and they’ve found a tenant to share their new soccer specific stadium - the Vanderbilt University Commodore football team.

It is times like this I want to make a Luis Suarez joke, but I can’t seem to sink my teeth into any... The FC Cincinnati - Louisville City match got interesting including a Cinci striker getting a little nibble of another player.

John Brooks is one of a few players that has an all but guaranteed starting spot in the USMNT lineup except he’s hurt. So what happens now? Who should fill the Bundesliga starter’s spot?

If you like reading Ed Werder’s comments on the NFL, that time is over, at least on ESPN, as he was one of a 100 employees laid off. A couple soccer writers were let go, as well as a handful of former pros with Seattle connections.

After Hope Solo’s career was effectively ended by US Soccer, the question became who would be the USWNT #1 keeper. Turns out, that keeper likely is still in Seattle in the form of Haley Kopmeyer.

When the WPSL returns we’ll see teams that we are used to seeing, like the Sounders Women, but starting in 2018 we’ll likely see a new Seattle side; Reign FC Reserves. In what is the next step for the Reign to develop talent, it seems to be a forgone conclusion that they’ll be adding a reserve side now.

Here’s a quick reminder that Kelsey Plum is awesome.

World:

Soccer’s most magnificent mind is from Portugal and no, it is not Jose Mourinho, it’s a man that you likely have never heard of based at University of Porto. Vitor Frade, now a retired professor, is the mind behind modern soccer.

Good News Everyone!!! (Yes you should hear this in the Professor from Futurama’s voice) Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will be used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The plan is to get more calls right than wrong on the biggest stage.

Joey Barton was already a controversial player, and now his career is likely over via suspension after getting an 18 month ban for gambling. How he thought gambling and soccer went together is beyond me...

Soccer on TV:

Premier League

Manchester City vs Manchester United - 12:00pm - NBCSN, NBC Sports Live, fuboTV

NCAA Soccer

USC vs UCLA - 1pm - Pac-12 Network