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Also: We’re getting an NHL team (almost certainly); St Louis trying to sneak back in expansion race;

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MLS: Philadelphia Union vs D.C. United Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle soccer

MASL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR PHILIP LUND RETURNS TO TACOMA - Tacoma Stars

Seattle NHL/NBA

BREAKING: NHL Board of Governors to Vote to Expand to Seattle in December > Seattle Sin Bin

theScore - Executive committee recommends Seattle for expansion
Executive committee recommends Seattle for expansion

According to Warriors president Rick Welts, Friday’s game will be a “celebration of the Sonics” - Sonics Rising
Warriors players and execs look forward to playing in Seattle

culture

Global Sports Mentoring Program
Daphna Goldschmidt of Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem FC, the first chairwoman in Israeli professional sports, seeks to develop even more female leaders.

Bad Astronomy | A newly discovered *extremely* distant icy world points to Planet 9
Astronomers have found a new icy world, 2015 TG387, in the fringes of the outer solar system, and it provides more evidence that another large planet lurks out there as well.

Amazon Announces ‘Wheel of Time’ TV Series, Neil Gaiman Deal
Amazon announces plans for a TV show based on the “Wheel of Time” books and an overall deal with Neil Gaiman, as it tries to make even more fantasy TV.

The IPAWS National Test | FEMA.gov
IPAWS National Test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) The National EAS and WEA test will be held on the backup date of October 3, 2018, beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT.

MLS

Zions Bank Real Academy to Host GA Cup Fall Regional | Real Salt Lake

Sporting KC signs Tyler Freeman to Homegrown contract - The Blue Testament
Freeman becomes the tenth Homegrown Player in club history

An update on the LA Galaxy playoff picture - LAG Confidential
A path exists for LA to rise above the playoff line

Expansion/relocation

City said to seek new option for soccer stadium land - St. Louis Business Journal

Austin Initiative Aims to Rein in City Council, Expand Public Disclosure (Plus an Update on the PSV Lease Development Agreement) – SOCCERESQ

NWSL

USL and other pro leagues in US/Canada

USL Assignments: Week 30 – Professional Referee Organization

Owner of USL’s Rowdies selling club, touts team’s possible future in MLS

Bill Edwards: Rowdies will stay in St. Petersburg ‘for at least five years’ under deal with Rays
Tampa Bay's baseball team will soon be the proud owner of Tampa Bay's soccer team.

Romano: Rays? Rowdies? Let the conspiracy theories begin!
Is this what a midlife crisis looks like for a baseball owner? Instead of an expensive sports car or a hip new tattoo, you buy the keys to the waterfront stadium that was once the ballpark of your dreams?

Rays-Rowdies deal: Concerts at Al Lang Stadium will expand in 2019
The concerts will continue at Al Lang Stadium. Even more of them, actually.

The Rowdies news that made this super fan’s day
The first question at Tuesday morning's press conference came from a woman draped in Rowdies green and gold. Would they keep the stadium a soccer field, Mary Karnstedt, 70, asked.

Other US soccer

Seven arrests made at Cal Poly-UCSB men's soccer game | KSBY.com

World soccer

Liverpool's Alisson cried considered rejecting move for Roma stay
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson said he considered staying at Roma and cried when it was time to leave for the Premier League.

It's time to fix the Champions League or start a European mega-league

ESPN+ and ESPN Acquire Rights to Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana - ESPN MediaZone U.S.

European football’s mascot war is upon us – The Athletic ($)
Recent actions by anti-mascot forces have turned the pitches of Europe into battlegrounds.

I Spent My Saturday Watching People Watch Soccer. And I'd Do It Again. | Washingtonian
A first-person report from the English Premier League fanfest in DC.

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