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Puget Sound soccer

Thank you, Brad | Seattle Sounders FC
Thank you for nearly a decade of service to the club and showing everyone what it means to be a Sounder. Thank you, Brad.

Sporting KC defender Brad Evans announces retirement after trophy-laden 12-year career in MLS | Sporting Kansas City

Sounders offseason strategies, Part III: Building upon the status quo – The Athletic ($)
If the first two editions of Sounders offseason strategies were fun thought experiments, this is my best guess at how this winter is going to play out in reality.

Culture, news and stuff that can kill you

‘Fresh Prince’ star suing makers of ‘Fortnite’ for stealing his ‘Carlton Dance’ moves for video game – GeekWire
Alfonso Ribeiro clearly isn’t amused by all those kids who are dancing during and after playing “Fortnite.”

Dungeons & Dragons unveils contest-winning monster to join game: See the terrifying finalists | SYFY WIRE
Now, fans can see just what they’ll be facing in the Mad Mage’s lair.

Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. Recalls Red and Green Leaf Lettuce and Cauliflower Because of Possible Health Risk
Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. of Santa Maria, California is recalling red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce and cauliflower harvested on November 27 through 30, 2018 out of an abundance of caution, because it may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. Coli O157:H7).

Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Inspired Organics Issues Voluntary Recall of Organic Almond Butter Due to Potential Health Risk
Inspired Organics, LLC has issued a voluntary recall of Organic Almond Butter due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

MLS

Chris Wondolowski, Chico State alumni provide day of soccer for Camp Fire victims – Chico Enterprise-Record

Exit Q&A with Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino
Gerardo Martino leaves Atlanta with ‘great affection for the fans’

Union for MLS and NWSL referees takes strike authorization vote, claims PRO is delaying CBA talks
The union that represents referees who call MLS, NWSL and USL games has filed an unfair labor practice charge a month before their CBA expires.

Major League Soccer referees vote for right to strike at any time

Twelve Coaches from MLS, NWSL and USL Complete Third U.S. Soccer Pro License Course - U.S. Soccer
Twelve coaches who work across Major League Soccer, the National Women’s Soccer League and the United Soccer League Championship became the third class to complete the U.S. Soccer Pro License on Friday, Dec. 14, finishing a year-long journey that began in January.

Allianz Field: a beautiful stadium built for the beautiful game – The Athletic ($)
As the stadium nears its grand opening this spring, it's easy to see why this could become the crown jewel of North American soccer stadia.

USL and lower men’s leagues

Fury FC fanbase divided over team's removal from USL | CBC News
CBC Ottawa invited two Ottawa Fury fans with opposing opinions to both explain the developments involving the soccer club to casual fans — and also make the case for or against the Fury's possible switch to the Canadian Premier League.

Midfield Press » David Villa-Backed Queens USL Project Targets 2020 Start

NPSL Founders Cup Members Announce Two Region Split For Inaugural 2019 Event – National Premier Soccer League

United States national teams

Mary Harvey goes from soccer champ to human rights leader
Mary Harvey is used to blazing the trail in sports. Despite growing up without major soccer tournaments to aspire to play in, the goalkeeper helped the U.S. win the inaugural Women's World Cup in 1991 and the first women's Olympic soccer title five years later. "As a women's national team, we didn't set out to have wide scale impact, but we did," Harvey recalled in an interview with The Associated Press. "From that I learned that that's what I wanted my life to be about: the ability to impact others in a positive way." Today, that desire has made her one of the biggest campaigners for human rights through sports.

WNT Behind the Lens: 2018 in Photos - U.S. Soccer
Continuing an end-of-year tradition, we asked U.S. Women’s National Team photographer Brad Smith to compile his 15 favorite photos of 2018.

Bundesliga | Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic can affect a game from anywhere, says USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter
New USA coach Gregg Berhalter wants his country to qualify for, and then star at, the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, he thinks that Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic and his Bundesliga brethren will be central to that aim.

World soccer

Not Here to Dance | By Ada Hegerberg
This is the story of the greatest night of my entire life.

A European Super League is inevitable; here’s how to keep it from ruining soccer – The Athletic ($)
In fact, done right, it might even help revive competitive balance in domestic leagues

Champions League Round of 16 matchups, ranked - SBNation.com
We’ve been blessed with a spectacular draw.

The Champions League knockout stage will be brilliant fun for everyone! - SBNation.com
Everyone is happy about the Champions League knockout draw and no one will be disappointed. (Manchester United excepted).

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