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Giovinco wants to remain in Toronto, Infantino proposes a mini World Cup every two years and FIFA bans a coach from El Salvador.

A.S. Roma v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Seattle

Not soccer but Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that the Seattle Mariners are scheduled to open the 2019 season in Tokyo, Japan, March 20–21 against the Oakland Athletics.

The Sounders take on the Columbus Crew this weekend. Enjoy some photos of their players hanging out with some pups. That’s the only reason this is here. Who doesn’t love puppies! PHOTOS | Suns out, Pups out for Training | Columbus Crew SC

MLS

Sebastian Giovinco wants to stick around at Toronto FC. “I already said I want to stay here forever,” Giovinco told the Toronto Sun a couple of weeks back. And Toronto FC want Sebastian Giovinco to stick around. “I’d love to see him here forever,” Greg Vanney echoed in response. Why a Sebastian Giovinco contract extension may not be as simple as it sounds – The TFC Report

Former Sounder Sebastien Le Toux will retire as a Union Player.

The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) announced today the signing of 28-year-old forward Adama Diomande from Hull City. LAFC Acquires Forward Adama Diomande From Hull City | Los Angeles Football Club

USA

The USA and China have played each other 56 times over the past 32 years, the second-most common opponent in WNT history. These many meetings have created a storied history between the teams that is felt even as the players and coaches change over the years. WNT and China PR Share Rich History on the Field - U.S. Soccer

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC and the Riverhounds Development Academy (RDA) announced on Wednesday the official launch of the club’s Pathway Program. Riverhounds SC Launches Pathway Program

Stephanie Labbé is considered the No. 1 player in the country. To challenge herself, she won a place on the Calgary Foothills FC men's soccer team this spring. Men's soccer league refuses top Canadian goaltender because she's a woman

What do all the latest developments in U.S. Soccer mean for the purportedly moribund NASL? Soc Takes spoke to NASL interim commissioner Rishi Sehgal to find out. What do all the latest developments in U.S. Soccer mean for the purportedly moribund NASL? Soc Takes spoke to NASL interim commissioner Rishi Sehgal to find out. Q&A with NASL interim commissioner Rishi Sehgal

Trump gets behind 2026 World Cup bid. "We will be watching very closely and any help they can give us in that bid we would appreciate."

One-time Rose City Riveters capo and Portland Thorns FC fan Hailey Kilgore continues to make a name for herself on the big stage. Rose City Riveters capo and Thorns FC fan Hailey Kilgore nominated for Tony Award | Portland Timbers

World

It’s official, Liverpool will face Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final. However, Jurgen Klopp knows Liverpool “lucky” to reach final after wild second leg. “We were lucky today, we know that," said Klopp, quick to point out Liverpool deserves its place in Kiev.

They may have lost to Liverpool, but Roma did something pretty dang cool for a Liverpool fan. Roma wear Sean Cox shirts in support to Liverpool fan in coma. Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp, speaking at a news conference in Rome, thanked them for the "great gesture."

Jordi Cruyff says the timing must be right if he is to return to Barcelona as the club's sporting director in the future. Jordi Cruyff Barcelona sporting director role 'only rumours'

Bayern Munich-bound Niko Kovac won't be sacked despite Eintracht Frankfurt slump. Frankfurt have lost three Bundesliga matches in a row, hitting European hopes.

FIFA has banned a former El Salvador coach for two years for his role in offering players money to perform well in a World Cup qualifying game. FIFA bans coach for 2 years in World Cup match-fixing case

Mo Salah has taken England’s Premier League by storm, bringing unexpected success to his Liverpool team and a positive image of Islam to fans. Mo Salah, Breaking Down Cultural Barriers, One Goal at a Time - The New York Times

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed staging what would effectively be a mini-World Cup, featuring eight international teams, every two years in addition to the traditional event. FIFA proposes staging a new mini-World Cup every two years | Reuters