Puget Sound soccer
My Perspective on 2018 and the Offseason - Sounder At Heart
Right, so as much as that sucked...right or wrong the Sounders' season is at an end. So let's talk a bit about how 2018 was and a bit about what comes next.
Harry Redknapp breaks I’m a Celebrity 2018 silence - and asks one important question - Irish Mirror Online
Harry Redknapp has signed up for this year's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here, which starts on Sunday night on ITV
Puget Sound culture & news
Documentary On D&D Creator Gary Gygax Gets Greenlight
With less than two days left to go on Kickstarter, The Dreams in Gary’s Basement: A Documentary on Gary Gygax has more than tripled its original funding goal.
Niantic’s Pokémon Go-style Harry Potter game is coming in 2019 - The Verge
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Niantic and Warner Bros. Harry Potter AR game, is delayed until 2019. The game was expected to launch in 2018. The studio released a first teaser trailer for the game.
Garber on MLS in Copa Libertadores: 'I don't see it happening' | Pro Soccer USA
MLS commissioner Don Garber said he has enough work to do evolving the league’s schedule without including South America’s prestigious club competition.
Who should LAFC protect in the expansion draft? - Angels on Parade
FC Cincinnati will have their expansion draft next month. Who should LAFC make sure is NOT taken?
Investment value outperforming the Philadelphia Union’s success on the field - Brotherly Game
Forbes released their valuations of MLS franchises yesterday, and while the Union were near the bottom, they’ve still increased in value rather handsomely
Cat’s Out of the Bag: There Will Not be a MLS Team Playing in Austin in 2019
Forbes is out with their valuations for each Major League Soccer team, and buried in the story are some quotes from and interview with Don Garber. Aside from the usual platitudes, there was a discussion about expansion. With Cincinnati coming online in 2018, Garber was asked about the future of MLS expansion.
NWSL and other women’s pro leagues
NWSL Players Association becomes legally recognized as union, opening doors to further improvements | Equalizer Soccer
The NWSLPA is now the exclusive bargaining representative of NWSL players.
Yael Averbuch, NWSLPA President, Weighs In On Historic Day For Union
For Yael Averbuch, the outspoken president of the National Women's Soccer League Players Association, Thursday's announcement that the league had recognized the NWSLPA as the exclusive bargaining entity represents a gesture of good faith that will allow for a better future.
Women in Soccer: Roundtable (video) | OCSC
MLS host Susannah Collins sits down with FOX broadcaster Katie Witham, Orlando City SC founder Kay Rawlins, Atlanta United super-fan Vera Zeigler, and Yael Averbuch of Seattle Reign FC to discuss women’s influence on the game, working in soccer, equal pay, and how women can shape the sport in the future.
USL and other lower men’s pro leagues
NPSL to launch pro league in 2020, eleven founding clubs announced | SBI Soccer
The NPSL will launch their professional circuit beginning with the Founders Cup competition next summer.
'Soc Takes TV' coming to ISC Sports Network, Indiana airwaves | Soc Takes
Soc Takes and the ISC Sports Network have joined forces to launch “Soc Takes TV,” an all-soccer television program presented by Sogility that will cover the sport locally, nationally and globally.
United States National Team
USA vs. England, 2018 Friendly, recap: A listless performance at Wembley for the USMNT - Stars and Stripes FC
England romps to easy victory in Rooney’s final appearance.
USWNT U17s somehow beat Cameroon 3-0 in World Cup opener - Stars and Stripes FC
A flattering scoreline for an unflattering US performance.
Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery offers apology for incident with reporter - Bavarian Football Works
The veteran winger said he was wrong for attacking Patrick Guillou
Premier League clubs approve VAR use - a quick explanation on how it works - Royal Blue Mersey
The sometimes-controversial technology will be in play for the 2019-20 season
Mexico have reached a deal with Gerardo “Tata” Martino — Report - FMF State Of Mind
An official announcement for Mexico’s next national team coach is getting closer.
Claudio Ranieri Replaces Slavisa Jokanovic as Manager - Cottagers Confidential
The Tinkerman is here at Craven Cottage!
Chelsea rule America’s heartland, ahead of Spurs and Manchester United - We Ain't Got No History
Liverpool is apparently the most popular EPL team in Washington.
La Liga Launch Ad Blitz Asking Fans to Call for Barcelona-Girona Game in the United States - Barca Blaugranes
The league wants to bring the game to Miami