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Zlatan proved his flair for the dramatic can travel across continents, delivering on an extraordinary brace in the first El Trafico.

MLS: Los Angeles FC at Los Angeles Galaxy Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

The Sounders U-17 Academy Team took down the Red Bulls over the weekend to win the Generation Adidas Cup.

The Sounders are recruiting volunteers for the Special Olympics USA Games.

MLS

The first El Trafico was anything but slow, with Zlatan coming on in the second half for an incredible (and mildly controversial) brace to seal a 4-3 Galaxy victory. Not one to shy away from theatrics, Zlatan also gave a ’prophetic’ team talk the night before the match, cementing his ability to both talk the talk and walk the walk. LAG Confidential looked back on the miracle victory, while Angels on Parade stewed on a frustrating loss for Los Angeles FC.

Dominique Badji scored three goals to give the Rapids all three points versus the Philadelphia Union.

A clean sheet and a deflection goal was all Sporting KC needed to take down DC United 1-0.

The New England Revolution went on the road for a 2-0 victory at Houston, bringing them a rare road win.

A strong second half (combined with some strong time-wasting) kept New York City FC’s unbeaten streak alive through their first five games.

Minnesota United weren’t able to penetrate Atlanta United’s 10-man bunker in the second half, allowing the Red Stripes to secure a 1-0 victory.

Portland had a strong start to their match against the Chicago Fire, but Chicago fought back to keep it to a 2-2 draw.

The Vancouver Whitecaps got it done against Columbus on the road, winning a chippy match 2-1 against the Crew.

Orlando City got their first victory of 2018 against the Red Bulls, thanks in part to a questionable Dom Dwyer goal.

Toronto FC fans were hoping for a strong performance in the leadup to their CCL match against America on Wednesday, and the Reds delivered with a 3-1 victory over Real Salt Lake.

This angle of Zlatan’s swerving chip over Tyler Miller is worth the wait:

Watch till the end amazing ! #zlatanibrahimovic #lagalaxy

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New York City FC leads the table with 13 points. Columbus Crew, Sporting Kansas City and Vancouver Whitecaps all sit with 10. Four teams still don’t have a win; the Seattle Sounders still don’t have a point.

NWSL

Christine Sinclair powered the Portland Thorns to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Red Stars.

The Washington Spirit got their first 2018 win via two late strikes from Mallory Pugh and Ashley Hatch.

The Utah Royals remain unbeaten on the season after securing a draw against Houston Dash on Friday.

NCFC lead the NWSL table at a perfect 2-0-0. The Reign are in second.

United States

NASL holdovers New York Cosmos B, Jacksonville Armada and Miami FC 2 were cleared to participate in this year’s U.S. Open Cup.

An East Bay investor is pitching a Soccer Stadium to be build on the Oakland Coliseum land, if the A’s were to move on.

The World

Arsenal were finally able to show some promise over the weekend with a strong attacking performance against Stoke.

On the other side of London, however....

While he’s been long rumored to head to Chelsea or Arsenal, former Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel might be heading to PSG, if their owner has his way.

Seattle Pro Soccer Weekly Planner

(Sounders, Reign are off)

Monday: Nothing Seattle related. Watch Getafe vs Real Betis on BeIn Sports at Noon.

Tuesday: Nothing Seattle related. Watch Toronto FC vs América on UDN at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: Nothing Seattle related. Watch Guadalajara vs New York RB on UDN at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday: United States Women’s National team vs Mexico on FS1/UDN at 4:00 p.m.

Friday: Wales WNT vs England WNT in World Cup Qualifying with streaming TBD at Noon. Japan WNT vs Vietnam WNT in World Cup Qualifying/Asia Cup with streaming TBD at 4:45 p.m. Australia WNT vs South Korea WNT in World Cup Qualifying/Asia Cup with streaming TBD at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday: Sacramento Republic vs Seattle Sounders II on YouTube at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday: USWNT vs Mexico on Fox at 9:30 a.m.