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After weeks of speculation, the 19-year-old will finally play for an NWSL club.

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Seattle

It was a great weekend for the Seattle Reign. After demolishing the Washington Spirit 6-2 on Saturday, the Reign have taken the top spot in Power Rankings.

Haley Kopmeyer is up for Save of the Week for her late game reaction save that kept the Spirit to just two goals on the afternoon.

Beverly Yanez is up for Goal of the Week for her wonderful goal with the outside of her left foot. At the time, her goal doubled the Reign’s lead to 2-0.

Pioneer Square’s FX McRory’s is moving. After almost 40 years located at Occidental Avenue and King Street, Mick McHugh is preparing to move to a smaller space in the neighborhood.

MLS

Andrea Pirlo was held out of New York City FC's lineup for the third straight game. He didn’t even make the trip to Dallas, and it has many wondering if the Italian’s time is up in New York?

After playing five games in 15 days, Toronto FC will finally have almost a full week off before hitting the field again. However, both Sebastian Giovinco and Nick Hagglund will miss an extended amount of time due to injuries.

Speaking of injuries, FC DallasRyan Hollingshead made his return to action after a car accident on January 7. Hollingshead had stopped to help a fellow motorist and was hit by another car and thrown 30 feet. The accident broke three vertebrae in his neck.

The LA Galaxy feel that they finally are "on the same page" as Alessandrini laid waste to the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

Andrew Wiebe, of mlssoccer.com, feels that Justin Meram is the best winger in MLS. Meram is tied for third in goals (7), eighth in assists (4), fourth in shots on goal (16) and number one in dribbles attempted (79) and completed (35).

United States

US Soccer president Sunil Gulati might have a challenger in the 2018 election. Boston attorney Steven Gans is considering mounting a serious attempt for the spot.

USL side Sacramento Republic FC have been acquired by an investor group in hopes to bolster the city’s Major League Soccer bid. Sac Soccer & Entertainment Holdings, the group that filed the bid in January, will become the new owners of the team.

Four teens from Mooresville, North Carolina started a service project called Soccer Around the World, and collected soccer equipment to send to Mongolia. They collected about 50 pairs of cleats and will be sending the equipment in July.

The second round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup will begin today, and eight USL teams will be hosting games. Only one USL team will be playing on Tuesday, but 15 others will play on Wednesday.

Mallory Pugh will be introduced as the newest member of the Washington Spirit today. After weeks of speculation, the 19-year-old wunderkind ultimately decided to stay in the US and play for the NWSL.

Real Salt Lake could see the return of Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando on Wednesday vs. New York City FC. Both have missed the last three games for RSL.

Still almost a full season away from playing their first MLS game, LAFC has already sold out their premium tickets. It took only 12 weeks for them to sell the 1,924 club seats, 32 suites, and 49 loge boxes.

Some big news hit in the NWSL world. Non-allocated players formed an NWSL Players Association. This is a step in the right direction for the league.

World

White Hart Lane is no more. One day after Tottenham played their final Premier League home match, footage has emerged of the iconic soccer stadium being demolished.

Mario Fernandes, a naturalized Brazilian, could play for Russia in next month’s Confederations Cup. He was capped once by Brazil for a friendly in 2014 but just last year he received his Russian passport.