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Major Link Soccer: LAFC open Banc of California stadium

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Also: MLS met with potential local investors to #SaveTheCrew, La Liga makes a lot of money, and Zlatan might want a World Cup swan song.

MLS: Banc of California Stadium Ribbon Cutting Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

All tobacco products are now banned at the two SoDo stadiums, and that includes chewing tobacco for the players. The Mariners are the 15th MLB team to instate such a ban. king5.com | All tobacco products banned at Safeco, CenturyLink fields

MLS Watercolorist and Lamar Neagle were both involved in what looks like a fun day of volunteer work at Bow Lake Elementary in SeaTac.

Major League Soccer

The Red Bulls have made a special effort to accommodate young fans on the autism spectrum and their families. GM Marc de Grandpre moved to another office to have his former space turned into a “sensory room” where the match is still visible but also insulated from the more intense stadium environment. Red Bulls put focus on accommodating fans with special needs

If local investors and a stadium site can be secured, there is still a chance for Crew SC to remain in their home city. Report: MLS's Abbott met with potential local investors for Crew SC 04/19/2018

LAFC become the first MLS team to play their inaugural home match in a brand new stadium (which just officially opened its doors). Angels on Parade looks back at how this came together in a few short years. 10 days until LAFC open their stadium: Marveling at the accomplishment - Angels on Parade

Prepare to scroll to find the Sounders. MLS Power Ranking Averages - Week 7 - RSL Soapbox

United States

You probably won’t need machine translation to figure out from this that American goalkeeper Josh Wicks tested positive for doping in Sweden. Sirius besked: Wicks testade positivt för doping - fotbollskanalen.se

Mexican soccer continues to draw big viewership on US TV. Soccer on U.S. Television March 2018 | Gilt Edge Soccer Marketing

Video Games

EA’s FIFA has brought many people into soccer fandom. But as with many games, there’s always the danger of getting lost in the combination of “Pokemon and professional sports.” Why I had to quit playing FIFA soccer - Polygon

Pro Evolution Soccer’s 10 years of Champion’s League exclusivity is over. Konami's Friendship With The Champions League Has Ended

World

Take the quiz! I got Panama, because of course. Which World Cup Team Should You Root For? | FiveThirtyEight

Sorry, Florent. France veteran Malouda loses appeal in Gold Cup case – ProSoccerTalk

That’s a year-over-year increase of almost half a billion Euros. theScore - La Liga posts record €3.6B revenue, but still well behind EPL

Tottenham Hotspur won’t have to share for too much longer. PHOTOS: Tottenham’s stunning new stadium – ProSoccerTalk

Zlatan might un-retire from international play for the World Cup. Then again, he might just like saying controversial things on late night TV. theScore - Sweden 'keeper: 'Individualist' Ibrahimovic could disrupt team