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Major Link Soccer: Darwin Quintero arrives in Minnesota

The deal’s not official, but Loons fans are excited. The sculptor of the infamous Ronaldo bust gives it another shot.

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Seattle

Backline Soccer takes a look at the Reign’s early returns after all the offseason turnover, and they like what they see. Route Two Soccer: A Strong Start for the Reign – Backline Soccer

Reign Academy defender Smith Hunter made the final squad for the U17 World Cup. Carr Names Roster for 2018 Concacaf U-17 Women’s World Cup Qualifying in Nicaragua - U.S. Soccer

Jess Fishlock and Jodie Taylor flew to the UK on the same flight. There’s just one small problem: England's women footballers furious over transatlantic flight in economy class | Daily Mail Online

Speaking of Jodie Taylor, she’s on a pretty impressive shortlist. Five England players in contention for Women’s Footballer of the Year | Football | The Guardian

The U23s are putting on a cool event in partnership with the Muckleshoot Tribe. Sounders U23, Muckleshoot team up to present clinic, exhibition game | Auburn Reporter

You need beer recommendations. We all do. Major Drink Soccer - March 31st - vs Montreal Impact - Sounder At Heart.

Major League Soccer

It’s that time again. The Sounders have some climbing to do. MLS Power Ranking Averages - Week 4 - RSL Soapbox

Ashley Cole knows what it’s like to try to defend Zlatan, and he thinks the Swede will have no problem succeeding in MLS. Ashley Cole: Zlatan Ibrahimović will find MLS “easy” - LAG Confidential

Minnesota United fans showed up at the airport for #QuinteroWatch and they were not disappointed. Loons fans welcome Darwin Quintero to Minnesota - E Pluribus Loonum

The Athletic considers whether bringing in Quintero is going to be the right move. Is Darwin Quintero the missing link to Minnesota United’s success? – The Athletic

MLS kits just get more and more boring. Changing trends? Maybe, but the exclusive deal with Adidas means the apparel giant barely has to try. Does MLS' deal with adidas stifle kit creativity? | Pro Soccer USA

United States

There’s a new deal in place with a GPS tracking company for squads across the US national team spectrum. U.S. Soccer Partners with STATSports as Official On-Field Performance Monitoring Device - U.S. Soccer

Why do the game clocks in NCAA soccer count down? Soon we may no longer have to wonder, and we can forget that silliness ever happened. Soccer referees could start keeping official time | NCAA.com

World

Remember those hilarious fake English football clubs? Yep, you can rep one with a t-shirt. Buy Recurrently Generated Football League merchandise, support the Special Olympics - Cartilage Free Captain

Once again, UEFA does very little in response to racial abuse of players. Batshuayi responds to UEFA dropping racism investigation into Atalanta monkey chants - We Ain't Got No History

Yes, the guy who made the less-than-stellar bust of Cristiano Ronaldo was given a second chance, and did much better on the second go. A Year After Internet Infamy, Ronaldo Sculptor Gets Another Shot

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