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Toronto FC will look to defend their crown and win their sixth championship

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Seattle

Seattle Reign FC’s 1-1 tie over the weekend against the Orlando Pride saw them drop from number one in the NWSL Power Rankings in the Latest NWSL Power Rankings.

Once again, Reign FC goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer is up for NWSL Save of the Week. Her save of Marta’s upper left 90 shot in the 51st kept the Pride off the board for the moment.

Former Seattle Sounders midfielder Steve Zakuani shared a tweet about going to Africa for the first time in 23 years two years ago. After his visit to Africa, he decided to raise money for kids in complete poverty and and help raise money for their education. He shared a video of Eric, one of the kids Kingdom Hope has helped.

Jorge Galindo moved to the United States when he was 17-years-old and at times found himself living on the streets. Now an Everett soccer coach, he is saving young lives.

Major League Soccer

Hudson River Blue takes a look at David Villa’s legendary path that led to his becoming New York City FC’s first ever signing as well as their first ever Designated Player. .

The Canadian Championship returns this week and Toronto FC will look to defend their crown. First, they must get past Ottawa FC, while the Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact will battle it out for the other spot in the final.

The Dark Clouds, Minnesota United FC’s largest Supporters’ Group, began in 2004. A writer over at The Soccer Tour spent the May 21st game against the LA Galaxy with The Dark Clouds, and he found there to be no cursing!

The Philadelphia Union started the season horribly, but have come roaring back with four wins in a row. After their most recent victory, some people took up camping on the field at Talen Energy Stadium after the Union’s 2-1 win over Colorado. Guess whatever gets them in the seats, huh?

The Chicago Fire are burning brightly right now. They currently sit in second place of the Eastern Conference, and new midfielder Dax McCarty feels that with their confidence surging, the Fire believe they can "do some damage" in MLS.

Speaking of rolling, the Vancouver Whitecaps have won three of their past four games, and they see a chance to "make a deep run" as chemistry and consistency grows.

Will Parchman ranks the Columbus Crew, Houston Dynamo and the Fire as the top 3 most improved MLS teams in 2017, so far. What do you think?

LAFC is still months away from playing their first ever MLS game, but it appears that a LAFC-LA Galaxy rivalry is heating up thanks to some friendly neighborhood vandalism.

So far in 2017, the Eastern Conference has been the better of the two conferences in the league. Every team is averaging at least one point per game. The teams in Chicago and Atlanta have high-powered offenses, but both are outperforming their expected goals and may have to come back to earth soon.

United States

The US U20 men’s national team are currently playing in the 2017 U20 World Cup being held in Russia. They sit tied for second in Group F action after a wild 3-3 tie in their first match.

If not for a 90+4 minute goal from Luca De La Torre, the U20’s would have no points. The last goal by De La Torre salvaged a point against Ecuador and set the US record for latest goal at FIFA U-20 World Cup.

In that same game, Josh Sargent became the youngest US player to score at FIFA U-20 World Cup at 17 years old.

Looks like Phoenix Rising FC has finally found a new coach. It’s taken about four week but the USL squad announced the hiring of Patrice Carteron. He will begin his coaching duties on June 5.

Orange County SC came under new ownership in September of 2016. It has come to light that Orange County SC’s new owner, James Keston paid more than $5 million to buy team.

The Portland Timbers will be coming to Starfire in the middle of June for the fourth round of the US Open Cup. Originally it was slated for Wednesday, June 14 but now the game has been moved to Tuesday, June 13, supposedly to accommodate both teams schedules.

After being released by Derby County, Mo Adams is “chasing” the American soccer dream by going to college in hopes of catching on to an MLS club. He’s hoping to do what Dom Dwyer and Luke Mulholland did, land on a team and become successful in the US.

USL Vice President Steven Short and Director of Business Development Josh Keller will be making stops in the Midwest after touring the South for expansion.

World

Keisuke Honda announced his departure from AC Milan via Twitter on Monday. His time at the Italian club could be considered disappointing - In 91 games, he had a total of 10 goals and 14 assists.

The Liga MX Clausura Finals will take place later this week between Chivas and Tigres. Some would and should consider this a dream final. The first leg will take place on Thursday, May 25 and the second leg will finish on Sunday, May 28.

After failing to confirm a place in the Champions League for next year, Arsenal have confirm a season ticket price reduction for the 2017/18 season. They are dropping prices on tickets ten percent.