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Major Link Soccer: Atlanta United, Portland Timbers move on to MLS Cup

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Also: See what the U17 MNT is up to, preview the NCAA women’s College Cup, and find out why an Irish club faked its own player’s death.

MLS: Atlanta United FC at New York Red Bulls Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

Vote for Seattle’s Most Beautiful Restaurant of the Year award - Eater Seattle
Pick the restaurant with the best decor or design for Eater Seattle’s Most Beautiful Restaurant of the Year.

Major League Soccer

Watch Atlanta United lift a trophy - Dirty South Soccer
Not THE trophy, but, you know, trophies are cool.

Atlanta United reaches its first MLS Cup Final with 0-1 result, 3-1 aggregate win vs. New York Red Bulls - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta marches on.

Atlanta United to host Portland Timbers in MLS Cup 2018 - Dirty South Soccer
The Atlanta view on their opponent.

They’re back! Portland Timbers win at Sporting Kansas City and are going to the MLS Cup Final! - Stumptown Footy
Blanco is having an annoyingly good postseason.

Reports linking Mario Balotelli to Union are false, Ernst Tanner says
So, of course, they must be true?

NWSL

Sky Blue FC’s own supporters group is in open revolt against them - Once A Metro
Cloud 9 wants general manager Tony Novo gone. Tony Novo is not going anywhere, according to Tony Novo.

USL and lower leagues

Forward Thinking: How Forward Madison FC Decided Their Newly Beloved Crest — Protagonist Soccer
A plastic flamingo adorns this crest, yet it it’s not ugly.

College Soccer

The NCAA women’s soccer College Cup is loaded with talent, from down the street and around the globe | NCAA.com
For the 109 players in the women’s College Cup, the road to Cary, North Carolina started from all over the world. The match is later today.

Three-Time Defending NCAA Men’s Soccer Champion Stanford to face Akron for College Cup Bid | Pac-12
Stanford Men’s Soccer Advances to NCAA Third Round in Quest for Four-Peat. This week in Pac-12 men's soccer.

United States National Teams

The Champions League situation with one game remaining | US Soccer Players
A scoreless draw means the knockout round of the Champions League for Borussia Dortmund and the Europa League for Club Brugge in the USMNT players abroad news.

PREVIEW: U-17 MNT Continues Nike International Friendlies Against Turkey - U.S. Soccer
The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will take on Turkey in its second match of the 2018 Nike Friendlies today at 3:30 p.m. (ussoccer.com, Facebook, YouTube). The USA will aim for a victory against Turkey after Portugal equalized late in the first game.

World

'That's How I Found Out I Was Dead': Soccer Club Fakes Player's Demise (Poorly) : NPR
Fernando LaFuente's former team, Ballybrack FC in Dublin, says it made an "unacceptable mistake" by falsely reporting his death in an accident. He didn't find out about it until coworkers told him.

The Santiago Bernabeu could be the Potential Venue for the Copa Libertadores Final—Report - Managing Madrid
The final will likely be played on the 8th or 9th of December, outside of Argentina.

Liga MX playoffs: Club America punished for lax approach by Alexis Vega | Goal.com
Club America switched off late, allowing Toluca forward Alexis Vega to send the series to Estadio Azteca tied at two goals each

Benzema: “The Club World Cup is a very important title for us” - Managing Madrid
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and defender Raphael Varane spoke to the team’s website about the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup, which will be played in the United Arab Emirates next December.

Spanish league sues soccer federation over match in US - The Washington Post
The Spanish league has taken legal action against the country’s soccer federation in an effort to get approval for a regular-season match in the United States.

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Unicorns did exist – until they didn’t | Cosmos
A monstrous rhino species survived until much more recently than thought.

Finally, here is the entire first Shrek film recreated and reimagined by a collaboration of over 200 artists and musicians: