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Also: Shaquem, Maleficent 2, getting ready for a 3-match weekend and more

MLS: Chicago Fire at Toronto FC John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

It was a busy weekend of soccer action. Let’s get you started with some local links, and then finish with the feel good story of the weekend: two Griffins is better than one.

Seattle

The Seattle Reign drew on the road. The 1-1 result means they sit in 4th place in the NWSL. The Reign play down in Portland next Saturday, May 5, at 12:30 p.m. (Lifetime).

The Seattle Sounders lost 1-0 down in LA. They return home next Saturday, May 5, at 1:00 p.m. (JOEtv, YouTube TV).

S2 played in a scrimmage against UW that ended 0-0. Their next competitive match in Sunday, May 6, at 1:30 p.m. (ESPN+).

Get ready for S2 on Sunday

Sunday Spotlight: Get to know Adam Moffat - Indomitable City Soccer
A new series, where we feature the players and people behind Republic FC

Match Recap: Sacramento Republic FC 1, Tulsa Roughnecks FC 1 - Indomitable City Soccer
Republic FC grind out a point late in sloppy, time-wasting affair

The Future: How S2’s signing of 15-year-old Ray Serrano reflects shifting culture for bright young prospects - Seattle Sounders FC
Serrano isn’t just the youngest signing, he’s the portent of the winds of change and progress.

MLS

Before we get into the results, let’s check out some of what MLS Commissioner Don Garber said over the weekend.

Don Garber: Changes to MLS investment structure could be coming - E Pluribus Loonum
The commissioner pointed to allocation money and the collegiate soccer system as places that could be updated.

New York City FC leads the Shield with 20 points in 9 played. Atlanta United is right behind them with 19 points in 8 games. Sporting Kansas City leads the West with 17 points in 9 matches. Toronto FC is last in the East with 4 points and a -7 goal differential. Sounders are last in the West with 4 points and a -4 GD. Both Seattle and Toronto have three games in hand.

New York City 3, FC Dallas 1 - as it happened - Hudson River Blue
The Pigeons got back to winning ways, and David Villa scored his 400th career goal.

Orlando City vs. Colorado Rapids: Final Score 2-1 as Lions Come Back Again - The Mane Land
After falling behind, Cristian Higuita and Yoshimar Yotún bring the Cardiac Cats back with second-half goals.

LA Galaxy fall late to New York Red Bulls 3-2 - LAG Confidential
Another late penalty kick doomed the Galaxy

Zlatan Ibrahimovic calls for more from LA Galaxy as poor home form overshadows brilliant debut
Since Zlatan Ibrahimovic's debut in a 4-3 win against LAFC, LA Galaxy have played four times and lost three of them, all at home.

Kaku’s Penalty Edges the Galaxy - Once A Metro
A lucky break for the Red Bulls as Alejandro Romero Gamarra converts the spot kick.

New York City 3, FC Dallas 1 - as it happened - Hudson River Blue
The Pigeons got back to winning ways, and David Villa scored his 400th career goal.

Orlando City vs. Colorado Rapids: Final Score 2-1 as Lions Come Back Again - The Mane Land
After falling behind, Cristian Higuita and Yoshimar Yotún bring the Cardiac Cats back with second-half goals.

Recap: Lucky Loons pull out victory over Houston - E Pluribus Loonum
Science + Ibson + Scrapiness = Success.

Revolution 1, Sporting KC 0: First half goal is enough for three points - The Bent Musket
Teal Bunbury’s goal helps the Revs beat one of the league’s best teams.

Mike Grella is the super sub, helping Crew SC grab a 2-1 win - Massive Report
Crew SC get out of its slide with a much-needed win.

Philadelphia Union end scoreless drought, connect for three goals in win over D.C. United - Brotherly Game
Three goals = three points.

Going Wrong Is Not The End Of Things: Toronto FC 2, Chicago Fire 2, MLS match recap - Hot Time In Old Town
Men in Red survive first-half thrashing, snatch unlikely road draw against defending MLS Cup champions.

Recap: Atlanta United 4-1 Montreal Impact - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta United breaks through for four goals in the final 20 minutes.

Caps finally win again and score multiple goals - Eighty Six Forever
Looking to rebound from several disappointing outings, the Vancouver Whitecaps hosted Real Salt Lake at BC Place. For the first time in a long time, they had some success.

Not everything is about games.

Opinion: Vancouver Whitecaps Supporters Group Protests Are Well Meaning But Lacking In Direction - Eighty Six Forever
In the days before the Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake the Southsiders released a letter on their Twitter account entitled "We Demand Better."

DC United's Ben Olsen 1-on-1 - MLSsoccer.com

Olsen has been around the block. MLSsoccer.com talks with him about where the team has been, and - as they look to finally open their very own stadium - where the team is going.

When will MLS reconsider the conferences? | US Soccer Players
There's already good reasons for adding a central conference to MLS, but maybe expansion has created a scenario where conferences aren't necessary.

Kevin De Bruyne likely to finish career in MLS in Los Angeles, says agent
Kevin De Bruyne, taking a cue from Robert Lewandowski, is already trying to stake his place in MLS long before he arrives.

NWSL

North Carolina Courage continue to dominate the 2018 season; they’re up seven points on second already.

First ever home goal for URFC vs Portland Thorns - RSL Soapbox
Amy Rodriguez gets URFC’s first ever home goal in another draw, this time vs Portland.

Washington Spirit 1, Chicago Red Stars 1: First Thoughts - Hot Time In Old Town
Chicago comes from behind to steal a point.

First place North Carolina Courage defeat Houston Dash - Dynamo Theory
Kyah Simon makes Dash debut in loss.

How did Dell Loy Hansen end up with the Utah Royals? His friend, Portland Thorns owner Merritt Paulson, helped - The Salt Lake Tribune
He’s not entirely a bad dude, apparently.

United States

Attendance Continues to Climb Across the USL - USLsoccer.com
Lower level soccer in the US is also doing well.

Tenorio: US Soccer trimming list for GM role, hire to come before World Cup - MLSsoccer.com
A new regime, a new structure, and soon, a new person in charge.

Five promising USMNT players whose careers were derailed by Injuries - Stars and Stripes FC
A look at notable 21st century USMNT players and what could have been.

FIFA emphasizes bid rules as US president tweets about World Cup bid - Stars and Stripes FC
The latest in the World Cup bid process.

World soccer

Liga MX playoffs: Liguilla set after Pumas draw sets up Mexico City showdown with America - Goal.com
Liga MX playoffs: a pair of Clasico Capitalino matches are the highlight of the Liga MX quarterfinals, which are set to begin Wednesday.

Goat halts play in Sudan Premier League
Lionel Messi is referred to as 'The GOAT' (as in, the Greatest Of All Time); it's not often that his literal counterparts make their presence felt.

Cultural stuff I like

This is a Joe Roth movie. That’s why it makes this list.
Michelle Pfeiffer in Talks to Join Angelina Jolie in ‘Maleficent 2’ – Variety
Michelle Pfeiffer is in talks to join Disney's sequel to the smash hit "Maleficent" starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning.

Reloaded: Seahawks’ reunite Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin - Field Gulls
No shortage of feel-good stories for Seattle’s third pick of 2017 NFL draft AND fourth pick of 2018

Soccer on TV

Noon: Tottenham Hotspur vs Watford on NBCSN

Noon: Real Betis vs Málaga on BeIn Sports

6:00 p.m.: Real Monarchs vs Las Vegas Lights on ESPN+, as they open the Monarchs stadium