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Major Link Soccer: St Louis is back in the expansion game, for reals

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Seattle soccer

Current system sees Colorado Springs Switchbacks, Seattle meet with little on the line | Sports: Switchbacks | gazette.com
Wednesday’s match at Seattle Sounders 2 will be Switchbacks FC’s 2018 finale and the third game the local club has only pride and future prospects to play for.

Puget Sound culture

Dungeons & Dragons – Town Hall Seattle

Boundary Bay Brewery releasing a beer that’s all about the Dark Darkness – Washington Beer Blog
Boundary Bay Brewery releasing a beer that's all about the Dark Darkness

MLS

What Almeyda’s hire could mean for American soccer coaching - Stars and Stripes FC
Matias Almeyda could help push the standard in MLS - and subsequently for the rest of top flight American soccer.

MLS Aces Podcast - MLS Aces Ep. 78 - Talking With Steve Zakuani
This week Tom and Sam Nelson talk about the story-lines surrounding the San Jose Earthquakes new head coach, the injury news to Miguel Almiron, and the close playoff races! Tom then has a conversat...

expansion/relocation

FC Cincinnati Releases Initial Concept Designs for West End Stadium

Soccer gets another shot in St. Louis as family that owns Enterprise launches bid for MLS team | Business | stltoday.com
Here we go again.

Schedules and Standards: “Parallel Paths” Likely Creating Headache for MLS in 2019
One of the outstanding questions in the SaveTheCrew saga (aside from the question of whether they'll be saved) revolves around how MLS will handle the 2019 season with the fate of the team not resolved. PSV has been processing ticket payments from Crew fans, in anticipation of playing at Mapfre in 2019, though the fine print…

NWSL

Kansas City Royals sue NWSL over Utah Royals FC trademark - RSL Soapbox
The club’s offseason just got even more interesting.

NWSL denies Utah Royals, MLB trademark infringement suit - RSL Soapbox
Major League Baseball, the defense claims, is trying to stifle professional female sports leagues.

At 30, Kelley O’Hara has matured on the field and become a leader off it – The Athletic
Back from a challenging injury layoff, O'Hara has grown as a player and a leader for the USWNT

USL and other lower leagues

New Mexico United Unveils Official Name, Branding

2018 USL 20 Under 20 – Players No. 20-16

2018 USL 20 Under 20 – Players No. 15-12

US National Teams

USMNT Depth Chart Series: Centerbacks - Stars and Stripes FC
Chad Marshall is one of the players listed!

U.S. U17 MNT roster for England tournament | Club Soccer | Youth Soccer
Twenty-one players have been called up for the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team, as they head to England for matches against the hosts, Brazil and Russia.

Word soccer and stuff I couldn’t figure out where to put it

Concacaf Announces Venues and Dates for the 2019 Gold Cup Seeded Nations

Thierry Henry turns down vacant Aston Villa role in the wake of AS Monaco offer - 7500 To Holte
Considered a shoe-in for the Villa job over the weekend. Thierry Henry has been persuaded to step-in to take the reigns at the newly vacant job at Monaco.

FIFA launches first-ever global strategy for women's football - FIFA.com

Rooney: Manchester United Players Must Improve
Former Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney tasked players to "stand up" and improve collectively

Amid Uruguayan continuity, pressure is on Brazil and Argentina seek new start
One of the international break's standout games sees Brazil meet Argentina, but like many other CONMEBOL nations, both sides are in a state of flux.