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Major Link Soccer: Portland weekend edition

Prepping for a big game on short rest. Also, Jess Fishlock reaches the 100-game mark with the Reign, and Arsene Wenger gives his last interview at the helm of Arsenal.

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Fishlock is the second Reign player to reach 100 appearances for the Reign — and she’s not finished being amazing. Jess Fishlock Reaches Historic 100 Caps for Seattle Reign FC

Speaking of Reign interviews, check out Equalizer Soccer’s interview with midfielder Morgan Andrews. UP CLOSE: Seattle Reign midfielder Morgan Andrews – Equalizer Soccer

Woodinville Native and former Sounders Academy keeper Paul Christensen unexpectedly saw his first minutes with Atlanta this week. Here’s what he had to say. Who is Paul Christensen? - Dirty South Soccer

Here’s the view from the other side of the Sounders win over Toronto Wednesday. Toronto FC 1-2 Seattle Sounders: The good, the bad & the ugly - Waking The Red

FYI: Portland Metro Friday Traffic: Maintenance closes the Hawthorne Bridge to all users on Sunday |

As we gear up for Portland/Seattle, the features about the rivalry keep coming. #PDXSEA100 | How the Portland-Seattle rivalry changed Major League Soccer | Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer

Greg Vanney is not too happy about VAR. The Sounders know better than anyone this year that the system is far from perfect. We need to talk about VAR: Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney criticizes video review in MLS - Waking The Red

This week in open-play shot attempts that didn’t quite work out, but deserve another look. Lowered Expectations: Week 10 — American Soccer Analysis

Not a great trajectory for the Sounders, but remember these were submitted mostly before the midweek games. MLS Power Ranking Averages - Week 10 - RSL Soapbox

Remi Garde would like you to forget about Fernando Torres. Garde on Fernando Torres to Impact rumors: "You need to forget about him" |

Columbus gets some good news from the court proceedings surrounding the Crew’s potential move. MLS to ATX #11: A Big Early Win For Ohio and Columbus in the ‘Save The Crew’ Lawsuit – Austin Sports Law

The latest on the potential Raleigh MLS bid. North Carolina FC's downtown Raleigh stadium plans, May 10, 2018 | News & Observer

United States

American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico can vote, despite the US being a part of one of the bids. FIFA won't block United States territories from voting for 2026 World Cup host

Time to start guessing at the potential lineups for the USMNT’s consolation friendlies this summer. Predicting the USMNT’s roster for their summer friendlies - Stars and Stripes FC

Is it time for a Liga MX team in Texas? Join the LigaMX-to-San Antonio bandwagon - San Antonio Express-News


Wenger gave his final interview as Arsenal manager, and he thinks European competition will move to the weekends, pushing league games to weekdays. Arsene Wenger predicts a major change in football - The Short Fuse

Want some unofficial (but very nice) World Cup fan gear for the Group A nations? Check out what they came up with at Clean Sheet Co. Designing for the 2018 World Cup: Group A – Clean Sheet Co. – Medium

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D&D (AKA Dave’s Corner)

Just kidding, but here’s some RPG news:

More than 40 years into its existence, 2017 was Dungeons & Dragons' biggest year ever, and not by a small margin. And while it's still early, all signs point to 2018 being even bigger. How Women Are Driving the Dungeons & Dragons Renaissance | The Mary Sue

More options for fans of halflings and gnomes. Exclusive new pages from D&D’s next sourcebook, Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes

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