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That escalated quickly!

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Seattle

Spokane’s Shadow, Sounders teams finish big league tournaments | The Spokesman-Review
As seasons go, this was better than usual. The Spokane Shadow and Spokane Sounders had four premier youth soccer teams claim State Cup and President’s Cup championships as the 2017-18 Washington Youth Soccer season wrapped up.

Sounders FC 2 Defender Rodrigue Ele Undergoes Successful Surgery | Seattle Sounders FC
Ele had showed some promise. Let’s hope he returns quickly.

James Riley: From MLS to the CONIFA World Football Cup with Cascadia | MLSsoccer.com
Yes, there’s really a Cascadia national team and they are playing in a tournament. Unfortunately, they won’t be having their first full practice until the day before their first game.

Tom Byer: US Soccer backtracks on technical coach's pilot program | SI.com
The Sounders were one of the early backers, but declined to fully fund the pilot program after U.S. Soccer pulled funding.

Major League Soccer

FC Cincinnati to Be Awarded MLS Expansion Team, Club to Join League in 2019
That escalated quickly.

Rusnak: “Let’s not get twisted” about off-field controversy - RSL Soapbox
"Make no mistake ... I give 110 percent," the attacking midfielder says.

Hot Time In Old Town’s Pride Month Fundraiser - Hot Time In Old Town
Help us raise money for Center On Halsted!

Lowered Expectations: Week 12 — American Soccer Analysis
The weekly look at the process leading to some of the best chances.

Group: Over 5,000 pledge to buy Columbus Crew season tickets in 2019
#SavetheCrew is still going strong.€

NWSL

Latsko lifts Dash to first franchise victory over Reign FC - Dynamo Theory
Dash rookie nets game winner against Seattle

United States

Who's Bjorn Johnsen? Meet the rising star that the USMNT lost
The 26-year-old New York City native was the second leading scorer in the Eredivisie last year, but chose to represent Norway after being ignored by his native land.

U.S. Men’s National team to play Mexico in Nashville on 9/11 - Stars and Stripes FC
The boys are going to Jersey and Tennessee.

Letter from CEO Kevin Payne: US Club Soccer to require SafeSport online training - US Club Soccer
Club soccer teams getting more serious about background checks.

Rocco Commisso extends deadline to U.S. Soccer for $500m NASL offer
Rocco Commisso has extended his deadline for the U.S. Soccer Federation to consider his offer to invest $500 million in a revamped NASL.

Report: Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart ‘the favorite’ for U.S. Soccer general manager position - Brotherly Game
Philadelphia Union Sporting Director has reportedly impressed the folks at the United States Soccer Federation

World

UEFA Champions League final: Marcelo vs. Salah is the marquee matchup - SBNation.com
Real Madrid’s ultra-attacking left back and Liverpool’s mega-star right winger will answer some of soccer’s biggest questions on Saturday.

Liga MX re-institutes youth rule that helped develop Javier Hernandez Andres Guardado
Liga MX will introduce a rule designed to give younger players more opportunities in Mexico's first division, the league announced on Wednesday.

Tom Byer: US Soccer backtracks on technical coach's pilot program | SI.com
Tom Byer, known for instilling technical skills among youth, had the plug pulled on his U.S. Soccer pilot program before it even got off the ground. He explains his side of the story on the Planet Fútbol Podcast.

San Francisco 49ers officially buy stake in Leeds United - Through It All Together
Three cheers for global brand expansion!

D&D

How tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons can be therapeutic for players | SYFY WIRE
These games can offer a lot more than just a fun experience with friends by presenting a unique way to address mental health.

Meet Frederick's first D&D B&B, a weekend retreat for rest, relaxation, and Dungeons and Dragons | Theater | fredericknewspost.com
“We started to dream up this bed-and-breakfast atmosphere where you can come and play tabletop role-playing games with the other guests while you’re there,” Reese said. “Where you don’t have to worry about food, you don’t have to worry about lodging, you can just enjoy your tabletop role-playing experience.”

World Cup

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