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Puget Sound soccer

LEAKED: Seattle Sounders 2019 Away Kit to Be Black & Pink + New Sponsor Incoming - Footy Headlines
The Seattle Sounders 2019 away kit is set to introduce a rather unique look in black and pink.

The former Liverpool defender who mentored DeAndre Yedlin and is receiving coaching guidance from Rafa Benitez - Chronicle Live
The Newcastle boss is offering his guidance to former Liverpool defender Djimi Traore, who played a helping hand in the formative years of Yedlin's career

Culture & news you can use

This Week Then: How 5 Nuns Established Health Care in the PNW | Seattle Magazine
Plus: Looking back on the Seattle Sounders' first MLS Cup

Magic: The Gathering is getting a pro league with $10 million in prizes - The Verge
At The Game Awards, Wizards of the Coast revealed a new professional esports league for Magic: The Gathering, which will include the world’s best players and $10 million in prizes.

How women are taking on the world of Dungeons and Dragons | The Star
Why the previously unwelcoming world of one of the oldest and largest role-playing games has tried to create a more welcoming atmosphere for women, and how women are responding.

Geek Girls Don’t Cry: Real-Life Lessons From Fictional Female Characters: Andrea Towers, Marisha Ray: 9781454933397: Amazon.com: Books

Seattle’s NHL expansion team is here. Why are Sonics fans still waiting? - SBNation.com
Should the approval of the expansion Seattle NHL franchise give hope that the NBA will soon return to the Emerald City? Yes ... and no.

Jon Ryan is back in Seattle as a comedian, but says he’s not done with football just yet | The Seattle Times
Ryan hasn't been back since shortly after his release by the Seahawks.

Seattle snail mail advocate says handwritten letters bring people together | king5.com
A Seattle snail mail evangelist wants to encourage others to write letters more often, offering a more personal touch to expressing our love for others.

MLS

Playoffs

Wiebe: Are Portland Timbers an MLS elite team? Let's investigate their case | MLSsoccer.com
Nope!

General news

Man City transfer news: USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen completes $10m move to Premier League champions | Goal.com
Sources: USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen completes $10m transfer to Manchester City

As MLS approaches a ‘tipping point,’ owners are divided over growth strategies – The Athletic ($)
Will increased spending lead to aggressive growth, or will a focus on cautious growth one day lead to the ability to spend more?

Reports: FC Cincinnati targeting deals for Philadelphia Union’s David Accam and CJ Sapong - Brotherly Game
GhanaSoccernet has separate reports indicating that the Philadelphia Union attacking duo could be headed to the new MLS team

MLS new boys FC Cincinnati set to sign Ghana striker striker David Accam from Philadelphia Union - Ghanasoccernet News
Major Soccer League debutante FC Cincinnati are set to draft David Accam from Philadelphia Union ahead of the next season, GHANAsoccernet.com can report.The debut season of the Ghanaian was ravaged by an injury back in October, ruling him out of the recently concluded season.

Eales says Almiron will not be sold for “chump change” - Dirty South Soccer
Darren finally snapped.

Report: Miguel Almiron likely to join Newcastle United in January - Dirty South Soccer
Done deal?

Miguel Almiron's journey to MLS Cup: from Asuncion to Atlanta United FC
"When he was 10 or 11, we dreamed about him making the first division in Paraguay." Here's the story behind Miguel Almiron's remarkable career.

Josef Martinez: I’ll stay with Atlanta United “for as long as they want me” - Dirty South Soccer
Sounds good to us...

Dennis Te Kloese starts work as Galaxy's new general manager - Los Angeles Times
The Galaxy have chosen Dennis Te Kloese, a former Chivas USA executive and director of national teams for the Mexican soccer federation, to fill its recently recreated position as general manager.

Bruce Arena is among candidates Columbus Crew SC general manager role - Massive Report
Sigi Schmid is also supposedly a candidate for the GM job.

Former U.S. coach Bruce Arena a candidate for Columbus Crew SC GM role - sources
The team is currently without a GM and head coach in the wake of Gregg Berhalter's appointment as manager of the U.S. men's national team.

Expansion/Relocation

Ownership announces plans for new Crew SC stadium in Confluence Village - Massive Report
The Black & Gold are heading downtown!

New Crew SC stadium would anchor 'Confluence Village' west of Arena District - News - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
A public-private partnership announced Thursday that it intends to break ground on a new $230 million Downtown soccer stadium for the Crew SC on a site west of Huntington Park and the Arena District in Columbus that once was proposed for a casino.During a packed, celebratory event at Land-Grant Brewing in Franklinton, fans cheered the news of the stadium, which would become the centerpiece of a new "Confluence Village" neighborhood of residential and office buildings where the

GALLERY: Columbus Crew SC Stadium Plans Announcement - Massive Report
It was a glorious afternoon at LandGrant brewing where the soon-to-be ownership of the Columbus Crew announced their plans for a brand new downtown stadium. New stadium expected to be ready for the...

Crew SC's new stadium unveiled | Columbus Business First
The investor group in line to buy Columbus Crew SC is committing $230 million to build a new stadium in the Arena District, moving them closer to finalizing a deal to keep the team in Columbus.

USL and the lower men’s leagues

Orlando City Hires Oguchi Onyewu as OCB Technical Director - The Mane Land
According to a report, the former USMNT center back will help guide Young Lions.

Key date ahead for college soccer calendar | College Soccer
Sasho Cirovski provides an update on the move to a two-semester schedule for college soccer during Thursday’s College Cup press conference.

United States national teams

US Soccer Foundation sues US Soccer Federation over naming dispute | SI.com
The U.S. Soccer Foundation sued the U.S. Soccer Federation on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the latter demanded the former abandon its name and logos.

World soccer

Copa Libertadores final: Did U.S. Soccer block Miami proposal to host River Plate vs Boca Juniors | Goal.com
River Plate and Boca Juniors will play their Copa Libertadores decider in Madrid on Saturday, but sources tell Goal a Miami bid was foiled

Man Utd ready to install nets to protect disabled fans from missiles from away fans - Irish Mirror Online
Disabled supporters section is located immediately beneath the away fans at Old Trafford

Football Manager 2019 Wonderkids: Best American players to sign - RealSport
With the talent growing in the States, picking up an American wonderkid could save you heaps of cash on FM19.

Ada Hegerberg, Ballon d’Or winner, 2019 Women’s World Cup | Fox Sports
Ada Hegerberg’s star status on the world stage was confirmed as she won the inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or on Monday, and yet back home in Norway she also stands out for her ongoing absence from the national team ahead of the World Cup.

FIFA's actions speak louder than words ahead of Women's World Cup draw
Exhibit B: In October, FIFA said it permitted the men's Copa America final and men's Gold Cup final on July 7, the same day as the Women's World Cup final (this is a first).

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