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Major Link Soccer: Day of upsets

TFC held on in Azteca, but the most surprising action is in Europe

AS Roma v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg Two


Let’s start with a little fluffy:

Got to bring this little girl home today! Say hi to Derby!

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Why is this next link in the Seattle section? Because everyone is getting in on the “Seattle should sign” action.
Fernando Torres to MLS talk kicks up again, and here's where he could land |

You may remember Tod Leiweke as the President of Vulcan Sports & Entertainment when the Sounders launched.
Tod Leiweke to be announced as Seattle Hockey Partners Team President - Sonics Rising


Chivas and Toronto reach 2018 CONCACAF Champions League Final - FMF State Of Mind

FT: Club América 1-1 Toronto FC — Reds grind out a result at the Azteca - Waking The Red
Que sera, sera; whatever will be, will be...

Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia named Alcatel MLS Player of the Week | Sporting Kansas City

theScore - Ibrahimovic: 'FIFA can't stop me' if I want to play in 2018 World Cup

Erick Thohir to sell D.C. United stake to group including Patrick Soon-Shiong - The Washington Post
Thohir would sell his stake to partner Jason Levien, who is assembling a group that is expected to include Los Angeles Lakers minority owner Patrick Soon-Shiong.

US soccer

Rivalries, Newcomers Highlight the 2018 ESPN USL Game of the Week Schedule

Too Good to Be True: FC Minneapolis and the Dream Friendly That Never Was – FiftyFive.One

Ambition, independence, or both? NWSL owners talk future fears and hopes | FourFourTwo
As the NWSL gets more ambitious and big-money MLS owners buy in, the founding “independent” owners are getting pushed out. How do they feel about that?

Hartford Council Approves Dillon Stadium Deal
The move brings Hartford one giant step closer to joining USL next year.

World soccer

AS Roma knocks Barcelona out of Champions League with amazing 3-goal comeback -
Barca looked like they didn’t know they were in for a fight.

Roma Blanks Barcelona 3-0 to Advance to Champions League Semi-Finals - Chiesa Di Totti
Roma whooped ‘em plain and simple, erasing a 4-1 aggregate deficit.

UEFA Champions League: Roma were superior to Barcelona in every way, says Sergio Busquets - Barca Blaugranes
Sergio Busquets admitted Roma were better than Barcelona all over the pitch after Tuesday’s shocking Champions League exit at the hands of the Serie A side.

When Everything’s The Best, But Everything’s The Worst - The Liverpool Offside
Liverpool managed to cap a day of extreme personal anguish for the author and his family with a slice of joy.

Liverpool vs. Manchester City: Final score 2-1, Reds knock Guardiola’s men out of Champions League -
An early goal had City fans hoping, but it wasn’t nearly enough against Liverpool.

Ryan Mason returns to Spurs to work on coaching badges after retirement
Mason retired at the age of 26 after suffering a fractured skull while playing for Hull City at Chelsea in January last year.

Rafa Marquez closing in on spot with Mexico's World Cup squad
Mexico's Rafa Marquez is closing in on his fifth World Cup, with his lawyer indicating there are no legal barriers to the 39-year-old appearing.

Borussia Dortmund coming to the United States this summer - Fear The Wall
BVB will take part in the International Champions Cup.

Report: Arsenal offered $56 million per season kit deal – ProSoccerTalk

Tottenham returning to USA, will play Barcelona in Los Angeles - Cartilage Free Captain
Spurs will be returning to USA for the sixth time in nine years.

Chicharito ready to leave West Ham this summer – ProSoccerTalk
Mexico's all-time leading goalscorer appears to be fed up with life at West Ham.

Cultural things I like

The Brewmaster’s Taproom presents a BBQ party with Varietal Beer Company on May 13th – Washington Beer Blog
The Brewmaster’s Taproom is hosting a beer- and BBQ-fueled fundraiser for Yakima-area dog rescue on Sunday, May 13th, featuring Varietal Beer Company.