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Major Link Soccer: Atlanta romps

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MLS: New York Red Bulls at Atlanta United FC Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Puget Sound soccer

1926–27 Black Diamond soccer team | Black Diamond History
The season started on Labor Day and ran until April, when a large dance was held to raise funds for one of the players, Charley Towers, who was injured in the first game of the year and required several operations for his recovery.

Ep. 50: An Hour with Sounders Legend Steve Zakuani: He Knows a Hella About Soccer — A Teacher's Evolving Mind

WWPL gets to 11 clubs for 2019 – – Soccer news, photos, videos, links
The Western Washington Premier League has added an 11th club, BeSea FC. The newest club will represent Bellevue and is under the direction of Bellevue College head soccer coach Eduardo Millan.

'I like his enthusiasm for the game' - Warren Barton on Newcastle United's DeAndre Yedlin - Chronicle Live
Former Newcastle United defender Warren Barton says he would like to pass on his experience to DeAndre Yedlin if he got the chance.

Culture & news you can use

Wolfenoot, a 7-year-old's made-up holiday, goes viral, launches movement to benefit dogs and wolves - Chicago Tribune
Wolfenoot was born after a boy told his mom about the holiday: "The Spirit of the Wolf brings and hides small gifts around the house for everyone."

Jeff Alworth’s Best of 2018 | Craft Beer & Brewing
Jeff Alworth, editor of the Beervana blog and author of several books, offers up beer and brewing experiences that highlight his home in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

Is Lord of the Rings Prejudiced Against Orcs? | WIRED
Fantasy author Andy Duncan thinks it’s possible, and his story "Senator Bilbo" makes that argument more relevant than ever.

What Really Happens After the Apocalypse |

Dance Marathon/Walkathon opens in Vancouver on December 22, 1936. -

How To Be A Pro Tourist in Seattle | 107.7 The End
My younger brother had never been to Seattle before this weekend. He lives in Boston, and I'm pretty sure getting away from the cold and snow played a big part in his decision to come visit.



RECAP: Atlanta United takes a 3-0 lead into the second leg of the Conference Finals - Dirty South Soccer

Intensity key for Atlanta United at Red Bulls in MLS playoffs
Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino didn’t want to remind his team of its opponent’s history.

MLS Cup Playoffs 2018: Big Boi Has a Blast as Atlanta United FC Wins Leg 1 of Conference Final | Billboard
Big Boi made the most of his first Major League Soccer game, and he shared the experience all over social media.

RBNY pummeled by Atlanta United - Once A Metro
Poor defense by the Red Bulls has put them in a monster hole.

Portland Timbers play Sporting Kansas City to scoreless draw in Leg 1 of Western Conference Final - Stumptown Footy
The Portland Timbers outshot their opponents 14 to 9, but could not find the back of the net in the first leg of the 2018 Western Conference Final, which ended in a 0-0 draw.

Team of Destiny? Sporting Kansas City posts a 0-0 draw in Leg 1 of MLS Western Conference Final - The Blue Testament
Defense holds stout in tense affair as irony strikes.

General news

Alleged 2019 NYCFC home kit leaks - Hudson River Blue

USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen a shock transfer target for Man City following Claudio Bravo's season-ending injury
Pep Guardiola targets £5 million Columbus Crew goalie to back up Ederson at Etihad

Major League Soccer & The Rise Of Atlanta

Prep star Shaffelburg signs pro contract | High School Soccer News
After finishing the fall soccer season at Berkshire School, Jacob Shaffelburg has signed a pro contract with the Toronto FC organization and will forego his commitment to Virginia.

United States National Teams

McIntyre's 23 Thoughts: Pareja interviewed for USMNT job
Former FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja was a finalist for the U.S. national team job, reports Doug McIntyre in his weekly MLS column.

Michael Arace | It wasn’t pretty, but US Soccer to get right coach in Crew's Gregg Berhalter - Sports - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
Jurgen Klinsmann was relieved of his duties as coach of the U.S. men’s national team on Nov. 21, 2016. Two years later, his successor will be named and, yes, it will be Gregg Berhalter.

World Soccer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic har skrivit på för Milan, enligt uppgift
Swedish site says Zlatan is going to Milan

No Point Discussing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Says AC Milan Boss Gattuso
Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso was questioned about Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Milan's recent displays after the draw with Lazio.

Huitema, Shaw lead Canada to first-ever U-17 Women's World Cup semifinal | Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Conmebol asks Fifa to stage the World Cup every two years | The Guardian
Conmebol is lobbying Fifa to stage the World Cup every two years rather than every four, president Alejandro Domínguez confirmed.

FIFA urged to host World Cup every two years – ProSoccerTalk
"We see an opportunity there and there is a proposal put forward to FIFA.”

Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos Implicated In Doping Allegations - Managing Madrid
According to Der Spiegel, Football Leaks has obtained documents showing possible doping, doping interference by Sergio Ramos & Real Madrid.

Official Statement | real Madrid FC
Real Madrid responds to Der Spiegel’s doping report (Spanish).

theScore - Pochettino might have outgrown Tottenham

Barcelona incorporate data analysis into their Cruyff-inspired principles
Barca have among football's most defined philosophies, which makes their emphasis on data analysis so significant. Are they abandoning their roots?

Global soccer glut on TV means battle is over -
No longer do fans have to rely on quirky Fox Sports World for their fix.

Copa Libertadores

Copa Libertadores: The 36 hours that shamed Argentine football - BBC Sport
It was to be the biggest match in the world - but after River Plate fans attacked the Boca Juniors bus, the postponed Copa Libertadores final has shamed Argentina, writes Mani Djazmi.

Copa Libertadores: Victory for Carlos Tevez with Boca Juniors will crown one of football's most storied careers | The Independent
Once again, Carlos Tevez’s teammates could scarcely believe what he was doing. This, however, was for different reasons than usual. A few months into the Argentine’s more contentious second season at Manchester United in 2008-09, the entire playing squad were given gifts of watches from new sponsors Hublot. The pieces were worth around £10,000 each, and the players were naturally carrying them away as one of the customary trappings of the job. Not Tevez, though.

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