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No team leads by more than a goal heading into this week. Jasmyne Spencer nets a hat-trick in the W-League. Seahawks honor Paul Allen.

MLS: Eastern Conference Semifinal-Atlanta United FC at New York City FC Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

Interview: Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin on technology, touchdowns and the importance of building community – GeekWire
The star talked about his work in Renton, life after football, his tech investing, the role athletes have in engaging with the community to take on societal challenges, and those amazing touchdown celebrations.

Seahawks honor Paul Allen with 12th Man flag raising at first home game since owner passed – GeekWire
In the first Seahawks home game since Paul Allen passed away, the NFL franchise honored its late owner with a tribute video and special 12th Man flag raising before Sunday’s game against Los Angeles.

Timbers vs. Sounders: Final score 2-1, Jeremy Ebobisse showing up in 2018 MLS Playoffs - SBNation.com
Out of nowhere, the 21-year-old striker has three goals and three assists in seven starts.

WAC CHAMPS - Seattle University
Seattle U women's soccer beat Kansas City, 1-0, to win the 2018 WAC Championship Sunday. Ariana Romero won tournament MVP honors at Utah Valley's Clyde Field.

Amazon reportedly in advanced talks to place HQ2 at site in Northern Virginia – GeekWire
The report by The Washington Post, citing anonymous sources, says that Amazon is in discussions about how quickly it can move employees to the region, possible buildings it could occupy and how the announcement will be made to the public.

Renton recap: Top takeaways after embedding ourselves in this growing Seattle suburb – GeekWire
GeekWire does a deep dive into Renton’s potential.

VIKINGS FALL IN GNAC CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL ON GOLDEN GOAL - Western Washington University

Wales rest Jess Fishlock and Loren Dykes for Portugal games - BBC Sport
Jess Fishlock and Loren Dykes are rested for Wales' double header against Portugal as Jayne Ludlow included nine uncapped players.

W-League: Melbourne City vs Sydney FC, Jasmyne Spencer hat-trick, goals, women’s football | Fox Sports
A STUNNING hat-trick from Reign FC striker Jasmyne Spencer has propelled Melbourne City to an emphatic 3-1 win over Sydney FC in the W-League grand-final replay.

Major League Soccer

Three Thoughts: Columbus Crew trips up New York Red Bulls in opening leg of 2018 MLS Eastern Conference Semifinals - Once A Metro
Heading into the second leg of the 2018 MLS Eastern Conference Semifinal series with Columbus, RBNY is 1-0 down but not out.

Atlanta United beat NYCFC 1-0 in Leg 1 of MLS Eastern Conference semifinals - Dirty South Soccer
Eric Remedi’s goal was the difference in an ugly, but big victory for the Five Stripes.

Perception is reality: Whitecaps’ organization needs wholesale change | Vancouver Sun
"I’m a big boy. I’ve been at this a long time. I understand (criticism is) the nature of the job. It comes with the territory. If you don’t like it, then you should get out. And I’m not ready to get out." — Bob Lenarduzzi

Beyond fate of San Diego stadium vote, MLS has other prospects to ponder - The San Diego Union-Tribune
As San Diego voters decide on the future of a new stadium in San Diego, Major League Soccer still examining several other cities with expansion hopes.

Atlanta United vs. NYCFC: Final score 1-0, visitors win ugly in 2018 MLS Playoffs - SBNation.com
If it’s hard to play on NYCFC’s crappy pitch... just don’t.

RSL ends first leg against SKC with 1-1 draw - RSL Soapbox
RSL scored first and then gave up a quick goal just minutes later, ending the home leg in a 1-1 draw.

Commentary: Broadcast decisions for MLS Playoffs leave many potential Sounders viewers in the dark | Q13 FOX News
There were a lot of Sounders fans – and Timbers fans for that matter – upset that their playoff match today went head-to-head with the Seahawks game against the Chargers.

Soccer: How MLS stiffed FC Dallas out of signing Chris Cappis | SportsDay
One of the standout prospects to come out of the FC Dallas Academy this past season was midfielder Christian (Chris) Cappis.

Crew vs. Red Bulls: Final score 1-0, Zack Steffen stars in 2018 MLS Playoffs - SBNation.com
The New York Red Bulls will be playing from behind next week thanks to Gregg Berhalter’s decisions and Zack Steffen’s talent.

Higuain’s magic sparks Crew SC to 1-0 win against New York Red Bulls - Massive Report
The Black & Gold handled the top team in MLS on Sunday.

Report: Injury puts Aurelien Collin out of 2018 MLS playoffs - Once A Metro
Add another name to the New York Red Bulls’ injury list heading into the 2018 post-season.

Houston announce hire of John Walker as Dynamo & Dash President of Business Operations - Dynamo Theory
Dynamo hire Chris Canetti’s replacement.

LAFC reflect on MLS Cup Playoffs exit, crowd trouble in loss - Angels on Parade
Bradley, Vela and Ramirez reflect on tough night at The Banc.

Miami Freedom Park vote on Tuesday pits competing visions for south Florida – The Florida Squeeze
Jorge Mas' dream of a great commercially relevant park to rival New York's Flushing Meadows Park with green space, sports arena's, commercial development and other amenities faces a major test in front of voters on Tuesday.

LAFC's inaugural season is over, but they have made their claim as L.A.'s soccer team - Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Football Club was one and done in the playoffs, upset by Real Salt Lake at Banc of California Stadium, 3-2.

King of the Mountain: In praise of Damir Kreilach - RSL Soapbox
Damir Kreilach at the top of his game.

NWSL

Murphy kicked in the wallet by his soccer team, tax records show | NJ.com
The financial hit from his ownership of NWSL's Sky Blue FC carried over from previous years exceeded $6 million.

USL

Phoenix Rising wins, moves on to 1st-ever USL Cup final - ABC15 Arizona
Behind hundreds of supporters who made the trip, Phoenix Rising defeated Orange County on Saturday.

FC Dallas Joins USL League One as Founding Member

United States

Sonny Guadarrama: Letter to my Dad
Sonny reflects on what made him successful.

Watch: Golazo from kickoff settles Minnesota high school state championship game - E Pluribus Loonum
Blake’s Keegan James secured the trophy for his school with a stunner. You should watch this.

Colleges that produce the most USMNT players - Stars and Stripes FC
There are some paths to the national team through college.

World

Wayne Rooney to make sensational England comeback in Wembley clash with the USA this month
Wayne Rooney to make sensational England comeback in Wembley clash with the USA this month.

Football Leaks Reveals Secret Plan Involving Real Madrid To Create European Super League - Managing Madrid
Real Madrid are part of an elite group of clubs that have joined forces to find a path to even more money and power.

CAN YOU HELP US DISCOVER THE STORIES BEHIND THESE 'ILLEGAL' LADIES' FOOTBALL MATCHES AT KENILWORTH ROAD IN 1935? - News - Luton Town
Do you recognise any of the players running out of the tunnel? Perhaps your great-grandmother told you tales of the time she played at Kenilworth Road? Do you have an old match programme sitting in a box at home? If so, we need your help!

Canberra found African imports after crazed fan sent YouTube clips
Canberra United coach Heather Garriock invited South Africans Refiloe Jane and Rhoda Mulaudzi to trial after being sent their YouTube highlights by a fan.

Even More

Announcing the 2018 World Fantasy Award Winners | Tor.com

Get Lost in Mega-Tunnels Dug by South American Megafauna - The Crux
Unknown 20 years go, massive paleoburrows in southern Brazil are a formidable mystery for the handful of researchers who study them.