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Major Link Soccer: Atlanta United win MLS Cup

Also: Tesho Akindele moves to Orlando, Oscar Pareja reflects on a wild month, and LA Galaxy have a new GM.

MLS: MLS Cup-Portland Timbers vs Atlanta United FC Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

LAFC 2018 Player Postmortem: Aaron Kovar - Angels on Parade
Midfield loanee earned his way into more playing time.

New book: First white coach at a black college | Sportspress Northwest
Excerpt from "Mr. Townsend & The Polish Prince": Joe Purcyzki wasn't ready for the campus storm at Delaware State caused by his hire.

100 Cool and Unusual Things to Do in Seattle - Atlas Obscura
Discover 100 hidden attractions, cool sights, and unusual things to do in Seattle.

Tottenham pushing back on solidarity payment claim for DeAndre Yedlin
U.S.-based youth club Crossfire Premier contends it is entitled to a cut of the transfer fee Tottenham paid when it acquired Yedlin in 2014.

Women's World Football Show Episode 136 featuring Seattle Reign FC striker Beverly Yanez
Women’s World Football Show, Episode 136 hosted by Patty La Bella and Adam Barlow features interviews with Seattle Reign FC striker Beverly Yanez; New Zealand sportswriter Helena Wiseman; and soundbites from U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis.

Major League Soccer

Orlando City Acquires Tesho Akindele from FC Dallas - The Mane Land
Lions send allocation money in exchange for Canadian attacker.

Rapids trade Zac MacMath to Vancouver for midfielder Nicolás Mezquida - Burgundy Wave
The Whitecaps also gave the Rapids $100K in TAM as part of the deal.

Atlanta United opens negotiations with Parkhurst
Less than 24 hours after winning the MLS Cup, Atlanta United began on Sunday working on next year’s roster.

Andrew Carleton was suspended for MLS Cup due to violating club policy - Dirty South Soccer
Why the Homegrown player was missing during celebrations.

Pity Martinez confirms he will leave River Plate, join Atlanta United in January - Dirty South Soccer
The midfielder told TyC Sports why he’s making the move.

MLS commissioner wants to become more of ‘selling league’ | Idaho Statesman
The commissioner of Major League Soccer wants his teams to get in the selling business.

LA Galaxy to name Dennis te Kloese GM - LAG Confidential
The former FMF director is already on the job.

Arthur Blank: Atlanta United owner on his MLS vision becoming real | SI.com
Complete with a shoutout to the Sounders.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber Shares League Position on Growing Women’s Game – Backline Soccer

Soccer: There could be new FC Dallas player signings by Christmas | SportsDay
FC Dallas fans may be getting an early holiday gift.

Soccer: No FC Dallas players will be sold to Xolos | SportsDay
Shortly after Oscar Pareja was outed as the next coach of Club Tijuana, the obvious discussion began about which players from FC Dallas might be heading that way.

Atlanta United’s Champions Parade set for Monday at 10 a.m. - Dirty South Soccer

Josef Martinez gets another trophy; deserves a statue - Dirty South Soccer

Watch Atlanta United lift MLS Cup in only its second year - Dirty South Soccer

Still waiting for number 2; Portland Timbers lose 2-0 to Atlanta United in MLS Cup Final - Stumptown Footy
The Portland Timbers were given the chance to win the 2018 MLS Cup Final and, in the end, they didn’t.

Óscar Pareja opens up about “wild” month leaving FC Dallas, interviewing with US Soccer about the open USMNT job, and being hired by Club Tijuana. - FMF State Of Mind
New Xolos DT Óscar Pareja talks about leaving FC Dallas, interviewing for the USMNT job, and coming to Tijuana.

All 16 spots filled for 2019 SCCL
Following Atlanta United’s 2-0 victory over the Portland Timbers in MLS Cup 2018, all 16 spots in the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League have been determined.

USL and other leagues

Forward Madison FC unveils affiliation with MLS' Minnesota United | Soccer | madison.com
Under an affiliation agreement announced Friday, Minnesota United will supply some players on loan to Forward Madison's roster and pay their salaries.

Las Vegas Lights FC goes its own way in Sin City | The News Tribune
Las Vegas Lights FC stays true to its city as it tries to build Major League Soccer case.

United States

Josh Sargent scores in his Bundesliga debut - Stars and Stripes FC
What a start!!

World

The complex story of Ada Hegerberg, a star at peace with taking a stand – Equalizer Soccer
Following Norway’s dismal run at Euro 2017 that saw the six-time finalists knocked out at the group stage (without a point or goal to their names) Hegerberg announced her indefinite international hiatus. Some felt Hegerberg was simply throwing a tantrum following Norway’s worst-ever showing at a European Championship, but the reality was much deeper-rooted.

V.A.R. at the Women’s World Cup? FIFA Still Won’t Say - The New York Times
After hailing the performance of video-assistant review technology at the men’s World Cup, FIFA still won’t commit to having it for the women’s event next year.

Raheem Sterling's response to racism storm is right, brave and changing the game - Darren Lewis - Mirror Online
With his statement on how he gets treated by some of the media, Sterling is showing other black players they can fight back

I'm a Celebrity: Harry Redknapp wins ITV series - BBC News
"My grandkids will be jumping around the living room now," the football manager says after winning.

Tokyo Olympics: Scottish FA will not block Team GB - BBC Sport
The Scottish FA decide not to stand in the way of a British women's team at the next Olympics, but will not actively support or promote it.

Afghan football chiefs suspended over sex abuse on... | Daily Mail Online
Afghanistan has suspended five officials including the president of the country's football federation over allegations of sexual and physical abuse against...

Leonardo: 'Ibrahimovic no, Fabregas maybe' | Football Italia
Milan director Leonardo confirmed Zlatan Ibrahimovic won’t leave the LA Galaxy, while they are "evaluating the conditions" for Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea. The negotiations with Ibra had ground to a halt over the last few days and there were reports a January transfer was essentially abandoned.

Raheem Sterling's response to racism storm is right, brave and changing the game - Darren Lewis - Mirror Online
With his statement on how he gets treated by some of the media, Sterling is showing other black players they can fight back

More

Beating your younger siblings so bad in video games that they cry is a moral obligation - SBNation.com
Your siblings need to learn how cruel this world is eventually so why not teach them through "Street Fighter."

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