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Major Link Soccer: Caleb Porter to Columbus

The Crew get their manager, StubHub Center gets a new name and MLS combine announcements

MLS: Portland Timbers at Columbus Crew SC Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

FC Tucson names Revs, Sounders veteran as head coach
Former Seattle Sounders Youth development director and current Tacoma Stars coach Darren Sawatzky has been named the head coach of the Tucson soccer team.

Podcast Player - Above and Beyond
Steve Zakuani: True Forgiveness

Branding & Design Agency in Seattle - Overscore — Branding & Design Agency - Broldan

MLS

Caleb Porter is close to being named Columbus Crew SC’s next head coach - Massive Report
Massive Report has confirmed reports of Porter being in line to take the head coaching position.

Video: New Crew Stadium plans unveiled - Video - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
The new Crew Stadium architect describes a bigger Nordecke, a full canopy, and other touches as plans are unveiled in a Land Grant Brew Co. news conference. Columbus Partnership president Alex Fischer also tells the behind-the-scenes story of his negotiations with the MLS to keep the Crew in Columbus.

MLS invites initial group of 60 players to 2019 Combine | MLSsoccer.com

Portland Timbers appoint Ned Grabavoy technical director | MLSsoccer.com

Sergio Rivas Invited to MLS Combine - Seattle University

StubHub Center to get new name in 2019 - Dignity Health Sports Park - Corner of the Galaxy
AEG signs a new deal with Dignity Health to see them as the naming rights holders for 10 years. The facility will be named Dignity Health Sports Park.

Help wanted: Montreal Impact blog Mount Royal Soccer is hiring a site manager - Mount Royal Soccer
Are you the right person to lead Mount Royal Soccer into the future?

Eligible players for MLS Re-Entry Draft announced | MLSsoccer.com

Oakland Roots Add Major League Soccer Experience With Addition of Ramon Estevez to the Front Office — Oakland Roots SC

Bill Simmons on the many youth soccer, MLS, U.S. Soccer issues | SI.com
After getting involved heavily on the Southern California youth soccer scene with his daughter and becoming an LAFC season-ticket holder, The Ringer's Bill Simmons notes the many flaws in the U.S. youth system and has some ideas for MLS.

USA

Fundraiser by John Blundell : Rally behind Rob Scott
John Blundell needs your help today! Rally behind Rob Scott - As you may already know, Rob recently found out that he has a non-malignant meningioma brain tumor. As you can imagine, this news was a bit of a shock, and trying to figure out next steps is a huge challenge. Let's come together and help take some of that pressure off. Rob was one of the early brains behind ECS’ tifo displays.

Reports: LAFC could still team up with Barcelona for NWSL team, or go it alone - Angels on Parade
Different reports indicate the likelihood of a partnership.

World

Football agents pick up $548 million from transfers in 2018 - CNN
It's lucrative business being a football agent.

El Chapo’s trial reveals organized crime links to Mexican soccer - FMF State Of Mind
A trafficker in Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman’s trial revealed links between the Sinaloa Cartel and Mexican soccer.

Chelsea face possible probe after alleged antisemitic chants during Europa League match
Chelsea are facing the prospect of a UEFA investigation into alleged antisemitic chanting by supporters during Thursday's match against Vidi.

Manchester City's Ikay Gundogan: Raheem Sterling made 'point clear' on racism
"Obviously it's something we all have to fight, we all have to play our individual roles to make it better for everyone," Gundogan said.

Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino: No need to reassure Daniel Levy about my future
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said he doesn't need to reassure chairman Daniel Levy about his commitment amid reports of other clubs' interest.

PSG vs. Dijon among 5 weekend French league games postponed – ProSoccerTalk
For the second straight weekend, Ligue 1 leader Paris Saint-Germain will not play.

FIFA won’t be bound by politics over sharing Qatar World Cup – ProSoccerTalk
"Is it feasible to do it only in Qatar? Difficult probably," Infantino said.

English FA CEO Glenn quits as 2030 World Cup bid considered – ProSoccerTalk
The English Football Association is searching for a new leader while it considers whether to press ahead with a bid for the 2030 World Cup.

'I celebrate like every football fan!' - blind Liverpool supporter on becoming viral hit - BBC Sport
Blind Liverpool supporter whose exchange with his cousin has gone viral tells BBC Sport, "I celebrate like every football fan!"

Harry Redknapp: After his I'm A Celebrity success, which managers could take reality TV by storm? - BBC Three

Culture and Food Safety

ICv2: Hasbro Enters the Theme Parks Business
The Hasbro brands involved include game brands Magic: The Gathering, Monopoly, and Candy Land; and toy brands My Little Pony, Nerf, Mr. Potato Head, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and others.

Deborah Ann Woll Brings D&D Series RELICS AND RARITIES to Geek & Sundry | Nerdist
Welcome, adventurers. Prepare to enter a fantastical world with Deborah Ann Woll (Daredevil, True Blood). She’s the Dungeon Master and storyteller for Geek

Christopher Tolkien and the legacy of his father J.R.R. Tolkien: The Steward of Middle-earth
Hannah Long on the extraordinary fidelity of Christopher Tolkien, last of the Inklings.

Health inspection reports find critical violations at NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB stadiums - 2018 ESPN Outside the Lines
ESPN's Outside the Lines reviewed food-safety inspection reports for all 111 North American pro sports venues. Find your stadium and see how it fared.

Canned corn recall: Del Monte recalls canned corn in 25 states, 12 nations, due to toxin risk - CBS News
Walmart and Target among retailers that sold incompletely sterilized food that could cause life-threatening illness.

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