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Barcelona v Real Sociedad - La Liga
Andres Iniesta of FC Barcelona sits on the pitch at the end of La Liga match between Barcelona and Real Sociedad at Camp Nou on May 20, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. The FC Barcelona captain played his last match with the FC Barcelona.
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Seattle

S2 at Reno photos by Calvert Photography

Three Sounders FC Players Enter Standard USL Loan Agreements | S2Tacoma

Academy Snapshot: Young Seattle Sounders battle LA Galaxy, FC Golden State | Seattle Sounders FC

MLS

Game action in the league saw Seattle Sounders move out of the bottom of the Western Conference without playing. They are now only 11th. Tops in the West are Sporting Kansas City with 24 points in 12 matches. The Eastern Conference is a bit more confusing. By points Atlanta United lead due to their 25 points in 12 matches (they also lead the Shield by the same measure.) New York Red Bulls are in 4th in the East, but have the highest points per game in MLS with 2.10.

Sounders host RSL on Saturday May 26 at 2:00 p.m. This is a time change.

Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch provides update on Lawrence, Adams injuries | MLSsoccer.com

183: Luis Robles' Ironman Streak Ends | New York Red Bulls

Atlanta United vs. New York Red Bulls, full-time: Refs gift Red Bulls the win | Dirty South Soccer
MLS gonna MLS.

D.C. United pick up first road victory of 2018 with 3-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes | Black And Red United
Three goals in a splendid first half did the trick for the Black-and-Red.

Porous defenses a cure for the Philadelphia Union’s offensive woes | Brotherly Game
Union have scored as many goals in their last two games as they did in their first nine.

Philadelphia Union dominate Real Salt Lake 4-1 in best performance of the season | Brotherly Game
Four goals gave the Union their first win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

Columbus Crew SC To the Lalas Abubakar goes the spoils | Massive Report
Crew SC walks out of Boston with a full three points.

Late PK earns Whitecaps a point in Dallas | Eighty Six Forever
Probably not how Carl Robinson drew it up but, hey, a draw is a draw

5 Takeaways from LAFC’s 2-1 loss to Portland Timbers | Angels on Parade
What can we learn from LAFC’s first defeat in two months?

Perfect at Providence Park; Portland Timbers Beat Los Angeles FC 2-1 - Stumptown Footy
The Portland Timbers extended their winning streak to five straight matches as they took down expansion side Los Angeles FC 2-1.

New York City 4, Colorado 0 - as it happened | Hudson River Blue
David Villa scored brace on "David Villa Day" as City cruised past the Rapids.

Toronto FC 2-1 Orlando City: The good, the bad & the ugly | Waking The Red
Time to start squirreling away the victories.

Not match specific

A New Atlanta, United by Soccer | The New York Times
Smart signings, massive crowds and a stealthy bus ride before home games have helped an MLS team foster an immediate connection with its fans.

MLS: William Yarbrough podría firmar en las próximas horas con un equipo de Estados Unidos | FOX Deportes
William Yarbrough apunta a la Major League Soccer.

“They need to upgrade Tyler Adams. ASAP.”: Mike LaBelle talks RBNY and eMLS Cup | Once A Metro
RBNY’s representative at eMLS Cup shares his thoughts on the tournament with OaM.

Report: Tyler Adams set for Bundesliga transfer | Stars and Stripes FC
Is the U.S. international about to swap Red Bull outfits?

Brek Shea is the Best Finisher on the Vancouver Whitecaps (Not Clickbait) | Eighty Six Forever
Leave a snarky comment without actually reading the article. You know you want to!

REPORT: Patrick Vieira pursued by Ligue 1 clubs | Hudson River Blue
According to reports, Nice and Nantes are both vying for the services of the French manager

As Major League Soccer Grows, So Do Opportunities For Women | Forbes
By 2020, Major League Soccer expects to expand to 28 teams. While the league is experiencing unprecedented growth, opportunities for women are emerging on the technical side, broadcasting and ownership.

NWSL

The Seattle Reign drew at home, and are still 2nd in the NWSL. The Courage continue to dominate and are about to lap teams with their nine point lead on 2nd and have nearly doubled the three teams tied for third.

Reign travel to Houston for a game Wednesday May 23 at 5:00 p.m.

Undefeated NC Courage beat Sky Blue FC in record-tying win | WRALSportsFan.com
The North Carolina Courage (7W-0L-2D) defeated Sky Blue FC (0W-5L-1D) for the second time this season to increase their league lead to a total 23 points in nine games. The 2-1 win also tied an existing NWSL record for best nine-game start to a season, a record that has been held by Seattle Reign FC since 2014.

Recap: Thorns shut out Washington Spirit 1-0 on the road | Stumptown Footy
Portland snapped their five-game winless streak today with a 1-0 win against the Washington Spirit. The game saw a mostly listless offensive performance by the Thorns, punctuated by Ellie Carpenter’s first goal for the club.

Tymrak gets her first goal and first start in URFC vs Dash | RSL Soapbox
Utah earns their second-ever home win.

USL

S2’s road draw dropped them to 14th in the West. The #1 team in the conference is Real Monarchs SLC with 25 points in 10 matches. They lead the Commissioner’s Cup race. FC Cincinnati are the best in the East. They have 20 points in 10 games.

S2 is off this week.

Match Recap: Sacramento Republic FC 3 Phoenix Rising FC 1 | Indomitable City Soccer
Republic FC rebounded from their worst loss of the season, with their best win of the season.

FC Cincinnati dominates in 4-1 win over North Carolina FC: Photos | Cincinnati.com

Energy FC snaps losing streak with 1-0 victory over Colorado Springs | NewsOK
The victory ended Energy FC’s longest losing streak in franchise history and its longest at Taft Stadium.

FC Dallas loans Brandon Servania to Tulsa Roughnecks | SportsDay
FC Dallas loaned homegrown signing Brandon Servania to the Tulsa Roughnecks. Servania was made immediately available for Tulsa and started.

15-year-old Efrain Alvarez keeps scoring amazing goals against adults | SBNation.com
Coming soon to an MLS stadium near you.

US soccer

Thoughts on the USMNT Roster for Bolivia | American Soccer Now

Detroit City FC hosts FC St. Pauli in front of 7,264

Former Portland Timber Jorge Villafana reportedly robbed of $20,000 at gunpoint | OregonLive.com
Former Portland Timbers defender Jorge Villafana was reportedly robbed at gun point Friday.

Q&A: Sarachan Discusses USMNT Roster for Bolivia Friendly | U.S. Soccer
U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Dave Sarachan named a youthful 22-player roster for the for the May 28 clash with Bolivia at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. ussoccer.com spoke with Sarachan to gain more insight into the roster that will begin gathering Sunday in Philadelphia.

USMNT 22-man roster named for Bolivia friendly | Stars and Stripes FC
Lots of youth, but changes will be made before the team heads to Europe

Five Things to Know About #ToN2018 | U.S. Soccer
The U.S. Women’s National Team will aim to add another trophy to its collection when it competes against Australia, Brazil and Japan at the 2018 Tournament of Nations from July 26-August 2.

Peter Vermes asks of U.S. Soccer, 'What is the plan?' | Soccer America

World soccer

Barcelona vs Real Sociedad, La Liga: Final Score 1-0, Andrés Iniesta finishes Barça career with a win | Barca Blaugranes
The season is over, and a legendary career is over.

Xavi Pays Tribute, Cries During Andrés Iniesta’s Farewell | Barca Blaugranes
Trynottocrytrynottocryrynottocry

A personal ode to Gianluigi Buffon | Black & White & Read All Over
We all knew this day would come. That doesn’t make it any easier.

Eintracht Frankfurt stun Bayern Munich to win 2018 DFB Pokal Final | Bavarian Football Works
That was the performance of a lifetime from Niko Kovac’s side.

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United, FA Cup Final: Match report | We Ain't Got No History
May 19th strikes again as the Blues claim their 8th FA Cup.

Santos Laguna is the real thing | FMF State Of Mind
Santos has quietly become the best team in Liga MX. It’s time to pay attention.

Using Expected Wins to Rank Scottish Premiership Teams | Modern Fitba
Seth Dobson shows how machine learning can be used to transform basic match stats into robust team ratings for Scottish football.

White Hart Lane | Mark Yesilevskiy

Chelsea LFC win The Double, beat Bristol City 2-0 for WSL title | We Ain't Got No History
The league title follows their FA Cup victory just ten days ago.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is without a UK visa | The Guardian
The Russian billionaire’s visa ran out weeks ago and it is unclear whether he will get a new one.

Mauricio Pochettino holds positive talks with Spurs hierarchy as Chelsea accept defeat in quest to lure him | The Telegraph
Mauricio Pochettino has held positive discussions with chairman Daniel Levy over his Tottenham Hotspur future, with Chelsea now resigning themselves to the fact there is virtually no chance he will push for a move to Stamford Bridge.

John Motson reflects on 50 years in the commentary box | BBC Sport
After delivering his final BBC commentary last weekend, legendary broadcaster John Motson reflects on his 50 years behind the microphone.

Was the 1998 World Cup in France fixed? Michel Platini's comments explained | ESPN
Michel Platini has said France influenced the 1998 World Cup group stage draw. We take a look at the background.

U.S. players in the 2017-18 Premier League | ProSoccerTalk
The United States only had three players hit Premier League pitches for more than a single match this season.

World Cup

This countdown started yesterday, so you can follow along as it goes.

Cultural stuff you put up with me mentioning

An Incredibly Detailed Map Of Medieval Trade Routes
The map above is probably the most detailed map of Medieval Trade Routes in Europe, Asia and Africa in the 11th and 12th centuries you can find online. It includes major and minor locations, major and minor routes, sea routes, canals and roads.

How Shoddy Statistics Found A Home In Sports Research | FiveThirtyEight
A new method of statistical analysis finds results more easily, but are those results real?

International group of scientists suggest that octopuses might actually be aliens | BGR

Soccer on TV today

11:30 a.m. Holstein Kiel vs Wolfsburg on FS1.

Noon Montreal Impact vs LA Galaxy on ESPN+