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Also: Jeff Bezos is pressured to buy the Seahawks, US Soccer Hall of Fame prepares to open, and Lionel Messi will miss El Clasico.

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Seattle

Amazon's Jeff Bezos is under pressure to buy Seattle Seahawks | Daily Mail Online
NFL owners want Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, to buy the Seattle Seahawks after its owner Paul Allen passed away on Monday, leaving the ownership of his sports team up in the air.

Lessons from Paul Allen’s life and career worth more than his billions | The News Tribune
Paul Allen was the kind of billionaire we all hope we would be, should we ever have the good fortune to be one.

A sorcerer's wand is among the artifacts you'll find at the Nordic Museum in Ballard | king5.com
The new exhibit "The Vikings Begin" at the Nordic Museum displays early Viking history. Oct. 20 – Apr. 14, 2019

Seattle's Chad Marshall reached 35,000 regular-season minutes played in MLS | MLSsoccer.com

Truck driver cited, faces $136 fine after metal balls spill on West Seattle street | KOMO
The Seattle Police Department cited the truck driver for failing to secure the load in Wednesday’s steel ball spill where 44,000 pounds of heavy balls rolled out of an 18-wheeler truck.

Episode 123: The Story of a Little Girl from Rural Northern California That Grew up to Win Olympic Gold and a World Cup, from Her Mother’s Perspective. - 3four3
An interview with Megan Rapinoe is always worth listening to, but what about one from her mother? This one features exactly that, Megan’s mother, Denise.

Vulture's Best Books of the 21st Century | King County Library System | BiblioCommons
Vulture's Best Books of the 21st Century by KCLSSocialMedia - a staff-created list : A panel of critics share their picks for the most important books of the 2000's, so far, with Vulture Magazine.

40th Anniversary Team and Starting XI - University of San Diego
USL Sounder, and champion, Leighton O'Brien honored.

Major League Soccer

Atlanta United break even more MLS attendance records - Dirty South Soccer
It keeps going and going.

Save the Crew shows that grass-roots effort, social-media savvy can work - News - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
Save the Crew efforts seem to have worked in halting the relocation of the Columbus Crew SC to Austin, Texas, by investor-operator Anthony Precourt. The grass-roots movement used social media, the talents of community members and the city's pride to do what hadn't been done in modern athletics: Save its team.

Atlanta United clinch spot in 2019 Concacaf Champions League - Dirty South Soccer
For the first time in club history.

Feeling “Ashamed:” Loons let down 52,000 fans in home finale loss - E Pluribus Loonum
Three goals from the visiting Galaxy — including two right after each other — were too much for Minnesota to overcome.

Party Crashed: DisCo releases suspensions for Minnesota-Colorado incident - E Pluribus Loonum
Several Minnesota United players were fined; a coach and two players face suspensions.

Orlando City’s New Record Has Been Coming - The Mane Land
Orlando City set a new record Wednesday night, but it’s been coming for a while.

5 pivotal MLS moments in Commissioner Don Garber's Hall of Fame Career | MLSsoccer.com

Retractable roof for Ford Field is closed as MLS option
Making Ford Field attractive for Major League Soccer suffered a setback last month with bidders for expansion in Detroit decided against a retractable roof.

USL and Other Leagues

Penalty Kicks, Record Crowds Highlight Opening of 2018 USL Cup Playoffs

How the birth and death of the NASL changed soccer in America forever | Football | The Guardian
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the North American Soccer League’s foundation.

Hats off: Orange County SC 4, Saint Louis FC 0 - Angels on Parade
Seaton’s big night leads OC’s dominant win to open the playoffs.

Swope Park Rangers Upset #2 Sacramento in Playoffs - The Blue Testament
SPR’s history of early postseason success continued in Northern California.

United States

U.S. soccer gets a place to honor its history and the people who made it - Los Angeles Times
Dan Hunt has built a $56-million museum that houses 400 artifacts — some more than a century old — as well as numerous interactive exhibits and the names of every National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee. It will open to the public Nov. 2.

Protesters often win history’s long game. Ask Tommie Smith and John Carlos. - The Washington Post
Fifty years after their salute on the medal stand in Mexico City, the pair are honored by their alma mater at San Jose State and get the chance to reflect on what’s been gained and what’s been lost in their struggle.

From Ohio to the world: Brad Friedel discusses his Hall of Fame career | MLSsoccer.com

Christian Pulisic returns, has assist in Borussia Dortmund win - Stars and Stripes FC
He’s back!

World

OFFICIAL: Barcelona confirm Lionel Messi out for three weeks with fractured arm - Barca Blaugranes
The captain will miss El Clasico.

Chelsea – Manchester United: Late drama sees Chelsea salvage point against José Mourinho’s resilient United (2-2) – Between The Posts

Wayne Rooney would be welcome at Crystal Palace if he wants Premier League return, says Roy Hodgson - Mirror Online
Hodgson admits he would dearly have loved to sign him in when it became known he did not figure in the long-term plans of Everton

Report: Real Madrid to fire Lopetegui within 24 hours – ProSoccerTalk
If true, Lopetegui will not look fondly on the last six months after missing out on the World Cup when he accepted the Real job.

theScore - Usain Bolt receives contract offer from Central Coast Mariners - or does he?
Usain Bolt receives contract offer from Central Coast Mariners - or does he?

More

Dungeons & Dragons Art Is Finally Getting the Respect It Deserves | WIRED
It's no longer just valued in game stores and comics shops.

‘What We Left Behind’ Doc Unveils ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ Season 8 Starship – TrekMovie.com