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MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Minnesota United FC
Zlatan to the world: Check me out
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Puget Sound soccer

Epic Comeback Lifts Vikings to 3-2 NCAA Win - Western Washington University

No. 25 Huskies Play Spoiler in 2-0 Win Over No. 22 Oregon State - Washington Huskies | University of Washington Athletics

How the disallowed goal robbed the Sounders of their victory over Portland - Sounder At Heart
I've let the results of the game settle in knowing that the Sounders lost and won't be going back to the MLS Cup. Yet one thing kept tugging on me about the game.

Emerald City Supporters - For Seattle! For Sounders! Forever!

Puget Sound news & culture

Seattle Mariners’ data guru Lorena Martin rips team’s leadership after being fired from unique job – GeekWire
Lorena Martin, the first Director of High Performance with the Seattle Mariners, is out after just one season with the Major League Baseball team, and she’s not leaving on friendly terms.

The Free Music Archive is closing this month - The Verge
As a project directed by the legendary Jersey City radio station WFMU, it was to be a "library of high-quality, legal audio downloads," a place where artists could share their music and listeners could enjoy it for free. Now, following a funding shortage, the FMA plans to close sometime this month.

Washington is admitted as the 42nd state to the United States of America on November 11, 1889. -

Paul Allen Essentially Just Donated The Seattle Seahawks To Charity :) | Celebrity Net Worth

Seahawks owner planned for sale proceeds to go to foundation -
The passing of Seahawks owner Paul Allen a few weeks ago not only took an iconic visionary too soon but also threw the future of his football franchise into flux. But clarity is coming.

NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat swap soundboards, and it kinda works - Polygon
NBA Jam was made by Midway in 1993, Mortal Kombat in 1992. Someone got the great idea to switch their soundboards and the result is humorous.


Playoffs (ugh)

MLS Playoffs Recap - Royal Flush: Sporting KC advances to Western Conference Championship - The Blue Testament
Sporting was able to hold off a fierce comeback from Real Salt Lake to win 4-2 and move on to the next round of the MLS Playoffs.

RSL crashes out of playoffs with 4-2 loss in Kansas City - RSL Soapbox
A nailbiter in Kansas City saw RSL lose 4-2 in the end as their 2018 season comes to a close.

Recap: Atlanta United advances to Eastern Conference Finals with 3-1 win - Dirty South Soccer

Columbus Crew SC’s season ends in shutout fashion to New York Red Bull - Massive Report
The Red Bulls overpowered the Black & Gold on Sunday night.

General news

Dane Murphy appears to be D.C. United’s new Technical Director - Black And Red United
All signs point to a former D.C. United player coming back to bolster the front office.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic selected to 2018 MLS Best XI - LAG Confidential
As expected.

Check out the MLS logos from Bands FC - LAG Confidential
"Bands as football clubs. Football clubs as bands."

Atlanta United surpasses the one million attendance mark for 2018 - Dirty South Soccer
Sunday’s attendance also sets a playoff attendance record.

New England Revolution planning Chelsea friendly to combat anti-Semitism | Pro Soccer USA
The New England Revolution and Chelsea are reportedly planning a friendly at Gillette Stadium for Spring 2019 to raise awareness on anti-Semitism.

Chelsea in talks over antisemitism match against New England Revolution in U.S. - sources
Robert Kraft, the owner of the Revolution, has spoken to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich about staging a special game.

Ex-soccer star Eric Wynalda's house burns in massive Ventura fire - The San Diego Union-Tribune
The former U.S. star was evacuated at 3 a.m. from the blaze that has burned 10,000 acres.

An Open Letter From DBG Leadership To FC Dallas | Dallas Beer Guardians - An FC Dallas Supporters' Group
Dear FC Dallas,The 2018 season is now over and we have been quiet for way too long. We stayed through the ups and the downs. We stayed in the 100 degree weathe


FC Cincinnati welcomes fans to MLS in new brand unveiling - Cincinnati Soccer Talk
FC Cincinnati unveiled its MLS brand to supporters Monday at Woodward Theater.

USL and other lower leagues

Statement from Tim McDermott, Philadelphia Union Chief Business Officer

Bethlehem Steel to play 2019 games in Chester - Brotherly Game
Lehigh University’s Goodman Stadium no longer meets USL standards

United States National Teams

Playing time for U.S. men's national team players in Europe diminishes | SoccerAmerica

Top 6 USMNT U-20 Prospects - Stars and Stripes FC
A look at some of the most promising up and coming talent.

USA Clinches Spot in Concacaf U-20 Championship Qualification Stage with 7-0 Win vs. Suriname - U.S. Soccer
The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team completed its dominating sweep of Group A of the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship with a 7-0 win against Suriname on Friday night at IMG Academy Stadium.

USA Makes Three Roster Changes for 2018 Concacaf U20 Championship Qualification Stage - U.S. Soccer
U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos made three changes to the team’s roster ahead of the Qualification Stage of the 2018 Concacaf Under-20 Championship, bringing in defenders Sergiño Dest and Chris Richards as well as forward Sebastian Soto to replace Isaac Angking, Griffin Dorsey and Anthony Fontana.

World Soccer

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge charged by FA over betting offences
Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the English Football Association's rules on betting.

Real Madrid to hire Santiago Solari as permanent coach RFEF confirms paperwork filed
Santiago Solari, who had been coaching the club's Castilla youth side, stepped up to the senior role when Julen Lopetegui was sacked.

Financial Fair Play: Uefa would consider reopening investigations on 'case-by-case' basis - BBC Sport
Uefa says it would consider reopening Financial Fair Play (FFP) investigations "on a case-by-case basis" if there is evidence of "abuse".

Jennifer Sosa, the Angel of the Goal -
The American-born 14-year-old turned to soccer as an escape after her family’s house burned to the ground when she was 9; she’s now representing her family’s native land of Uruguay in the U-17 Women’s World Cup.

The genius of David Silva -
Manchester City beat Manchester United 3-1 on Sunday, and David Silva’s goal wasn’t even the best part of his game.

Copa Libertadores Final: 'Boca missed too many chances' - Barros Schelotto unhappy with Superclasico tie |
Guillermo Barros Schelotto was left rueing Boca Juniors' missed chances as they could only draw with River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final first leg.

Match Report: Leicester City 0 - 0 Burnley - Fosse Posse
Impressive Foxes held by the Clarets on an emotional day

Forest Green Rovers: The completely vegan football club - BBC News
Forest Green Rovers replace beef burgers with quinoa on match day.

International rules committee to vote on new handball rule, fifty other - Bavarian Football Works
IFAB looks to redefine handballs and penalty kicks, among others in proposals to change the Laws of the Game.

The 2 Robbies: Emotions at Leicester; Spurs just keep winning – ProSoccerTalk
Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle discuss the big talking points from a busy Saturday in the Premier League.

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