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MLS: Toronto FC at Houston Dynamo
Best team ever!
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Seattle

Seattle and Toronto won the past two MLS Cups -- why are they at the bottom of the league?
The Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC have won the past two MLS Cups, but are at the bottom of the table. Should they be worried?

Everything we’ve written about Seattle’s win is right here.

MLS

No MLS team is undefeated after the weekend. FCD is undefeated but do not lead their conference. NYCFC is the points leader in the East with 17 and a +7 goal differential. Atlanta is the ppg leader there at 2.29 ppg +9. Sporting KC is the leader in the West with 17 points and a +9 gd. They also lead the Shield race.

The worst team in the league is Toronto with just 3 points and a -7 goal differential. Sounders are worst in the West with 4 points, -3.

Houston Dynamo 5-1 Toronto FC: The good, the bad & the ugly - Waking The Red
No point getting all riled up...

Depth charge: The Liam Ridgewell question Bill Tuiloma Timbers Defense - Stumptown Footy
What Liam Ridgewell’s omission says about squad selection under Giovanni Savarese’s Timbers

Portland Timbers Shut Out New York City FC in 3-0 Victory - Stumptown Footy
The Portland Timbers put in a commanding defensive performance and a counter-attacking clinic as they took down the formerly league-leading New York City FC 3-0 at Providence Park.

Recap: Atlanta United mercifully scores just twice in 2-0 win over Los Angeles Galaxy - Dirty South Soccer
It could have been like 6-1.

The Loons traveled to Seattle to take on the Sounders, how did we fare? - E Pluribus Loonum
First and foremost, the Loons lineup looked slightly different today. A friendly face reappeared between the sticks to start the match, with Bobby Shuttleworth manning the net. The goalkeeper made...

Diaz and Urruti help spark FC Dallas to 2-0 win over Philadelphia - Big D Soccer
Second half subs make the difference to keep FC Dallas unbeaten.

The Moment That May Have Changed Orlando City’s Season - The Mane Land
After Orlando City rookie Chris Mueller squandered a golden opportunity to score against Portland, he created the moment that may have changed the season for the Lions.

Columbus Crew SC in Review: All tied up - Massive Report
How did Crew SC fans react to a 2-2 tie against the Revolution?

Toronto FC Sign Alan Mariano Miño, Acquire Mitchell Taintor On Loan | Toronto FC

NWSL

North Carolina Courage lead the league at 4-0-1 +5. The Reign are 4th with two games in hand.

Orlando Pride Grind Out 1-0 Win Over Houston Dash - The Mane Land
Ubogagu gets her second goal of the season to give the Pride their first win in a record low attendance at Orlando City Stadium.

URFC vs NC Courage: What We Learned - RSL Soapbox
A tale of two halves nearly gives Royals FC their first win.

Thorns Draw Washington Spirit 1-1 - Stumptown Footy
A severely under-manned Portland Thorns side drew the Washington Spirit 1-1 in a back-and-forth game tonight that saw Tobin Heath make her 2018 debut. The Spirit dominated the first half, and...

Washington Spirit show grit, hanging on to 1-1 draw at Portland Thorns FC - Black And Red United
Aubrey Bledsoe’s late PK save on Lindsey Horan helped the Spirit hang on to a valuable road point

USL

Five teams are undefeated in USL. Louisville and Sacramento lead their conferences. S2 is 11th in the West. They earned a quality road draw this weekend.

The crowds in some lower division cities are the same size as MLS crowds.
Sights & Sounds – FCC vs. Riverhounds SC
A CROWD OF 24,505 FANS WERE ON HAND AT NIPPERT STADIUM FOR A THRILLING 2-2 DRAW ON SATURDAY NIGHT

US soccer

Film room: What makes USMNT midfielder Tyler Adams so special - Stars and Stripes FC
He’s the real deal.

Get to know the 2018 Columbus Eagles - Massive Report
With a new season approaching, we wanted to familiarize readers with the Eagles’ roster.

World soccer

How PFA Player of the Year Mohamed Salah became an inspiration to the young in Egypt
Every time Mohamed Salah scores, a roar booms around the streets and a city is consumed by unrestrained appreciation.

Lionel Messi likely to have a big role in shaping Argentina's World Cup squad
With Argentina's World Cup success riding on Lionel Messi, coach Jorge Sampaoli should consult with his star player when selecting the squad.

CONCACAF cancels women’s U-17 tournament due to violence – ProSoccerTalk
CONCACAF has canceled the rest of its 2018 Women's Under-17 Championship following violence in Nicaragua.

Sunderland release open letter to supporters after 'devastating' relegation to League One is confirmed
Sunderland have said...

Cultural stuff I like

Fan-controlled football league to use blockchain; Amazon inks more streaming rights; and more sports tech news – GeekWire
TAYLOR’S TAKE ON THE WEEK IN SPORTS TECH: A new football league controlled by fans is the latest endeavor to make use of blockchain technology. The Fan Controlled Football League begins play next year and will allow fans to be apart of everything from play-calling to hiring general managers. The…

Reviving an old Seattle transit solution: Water taxis | Crosscut

Korean American Identity and Assimilation / them.
A personal essay on identity, and how playing soccer helped the author become an "all-American girl."

king5.com | Interesting facts about the Tacoma Dome
The Tacoma Dome is closing the summer of 2018 for a $30 million renovation. Here's a few facts about Washington's largest indoor arena.

48 Hours of Beer Drinking in Yakima, WA • Hop Culture
If you're looking for the best food and beer in Yakima, WA, then we've got you covered. Find surprisingly good Mexican food and great hoppy beers.

Dungeons & Dragons isn't a weird game for nerds. It's a creative outlet for people like me.
Joe Manganiello talks about his lifelong love of Dungeons & Dragons, how popular it is in Hollywood and why everyone was always wrong about it.