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Also: Cosmos lose; Math likes the Sounders; headgear in soccer?

MLS: Atlanta United FC at Chicago Fire
Atlanta United fans react during the second half at Bridgeview Stadium. 
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Seattle

Gypsy moth spraying coming to Pierce County this week | The News Tribune

VIDEO / What a good time for the son of Oba Martins! But the fans ask him: "Why do you play ..." - FC Inter 1908
Il figlio di Martins gioca nei Giovanissimi del Milan

Wiebe: It only seems like the sky is falling in Seattle | MLSsoccer.com
This probably isn't helpful.

MLS

MLS expansion odds FC Cincinnati, Sacramento Republic FC, Detroit
About 16 months on from the official start of Futbol Club Cincinnati's expansion bid for Major League Soccer, many fans are left to wonder where the club is at in the process.

Inside the Timbers Front Office: The Anatomy of a Transfer Window - Stumptown Footy
This is probably very similar to what the Sounders' process looks like.

By the numbers: Davies, Quintero among best dribblers in MLS | Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Watch: Will Ferrell, LAFC Players Use James Corden as Target Practice

Results

With their win Atlanta United is now top of the Shield race with a 7-1-1 +13 record. Sporting KC is tops in the West at 6-2-2 +9. Sounders are still only 22nd as D.C. United fall to 23rd.

Sagarin thinks Seattle is 18th. 538 has Sounders at 8th most likely to win the Cup but 11th overall. American Soccer Analysts puts Seattle as 11th by xGD and 4th most unlucky.

Real Salt Lake squanders 1-0 lead, loses 3-1 to Orlando City SC - RSL Soapbox
An excellent 60-minute showing was enough to raise RSL’s hopes before losing by a significant margin.

Three is a Streak; Portland Timbers Beat San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 - Stumptown Footy
Putting the troubles of their season opening behind them, the Portland Timbers went on the road and brought home all three points as they beat the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 at Avaya Stadium.

Target Acquired: Sporting KC shuts out the Colorado Rapids 1-0 - The Blue Testament
SKC gets another shutout win on Saturday night with a goal from Daniel Salloi.

Houston’s Memo Rodriguez scores game winning goal against Galaxy - Dynamo Theory
Dynamo come out the winner in back and forth battle against the Galaxy.

Chicago Fire vs. Atlanta United, recap: Five Stripes go top of MLS with win - Dirty South Soccer

Draw at High Noon: LAFC 1, FC Dallas 1 - Angels on Parade
Chances go begging as LAFC settle for first-ever tie.

Recap: Shorthanded Loons hold out to beat Vancouver - E Pluribus Loonum
Minnesota played host to the Whitecaps on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

Red Bulls Take Down NYCFC - Once A Metro
The New York Red Bulls with a three goal opening half takes out a lifeless NYCFC.

Recap: #IMFC vs #NERevs - Mount Royal Soccer
Piatti contributed three assists and one goal.

FT: Toronto FC 3-0 Philadelphia Union — Giovinco continues stellar form - Waking The Red
THE REDS ARE BACK!

NWSL

The Reign shoot up to 2nd in the standings. 538 has them 2nd.

Recap: Thorns fall to Reign 2-3 at home - Stumptown Footy
The Portland Thorns lost to their rivals from the north today in a wild nail-biter of a game that saw the Thorns dominate the run of play, but ultimately fall short.

Latsko nets game-winner over Sky Blue FC - Dynamo Theory
Veronica Latsko led Houston to victory over Sky Blue FC.

It finally happened! A win for URFC vs. Washington Spirit! - RSL Soapbox
Utah finally secured their first-ever victory on the back of two goals and one heck of a night to be in Rio Tinto Stadium.

Going Through Hell? Just Keep Going: North Carolina Courage 1, Chicago Red Stars 1, NWSL game recap - Hot Time In Old Town
It looks so bad, but it feels so good to steal a point from the top team in the league.

USL

With their win over Seattle, Sacramento Republic sit atop the USL Commissioner’s Cup standings. S2 stays steady at 13th.

Fans' Choice Goal of the Month - April

Las Vegas Lights finds fans through affordable ticket prices - KTNV.com Las Vegas

Young fan’s magic water bottle helps Drogba lead comeback charge for Phoenix - We Ain't Got No History
The legend grows.

D.C. United’s USL team now has a logo - Black And Red United
United? Check. Loudoun? Check. A flying animal? Check.

US Soccer

LOFC Global Coaching Programme - News - Leyton Orient
"We aim to offer a range of football-based projects in the United States of America. We will increase the awareness of London's second oldest professional football club by establishing a good and engaging rapport with all members of the community.”

US men's national team not invited to 2019 Copa America | MLSsoccer.com

Japan and Qatar to dispute 2019 Copa America no North American squads
The 2019 Copa America in Brazil will feature Japan and Qatar and no teams from North America.

U-15 BNT Travels to Croatia for Trio of Matches vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia - U.S. Soccer
The U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team will travel to Zagreb, Croatia from May 5-16 for a training camp that includes a trio of international matches against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.

Helmets in soccer reduce concussion risk by 70%, per Virginia Tech - Black And Red United
It’s time for US Soccer to be at the forefront on player safety.

US Open Cup started over the weekend

Cosmos Crumble as Miami FC & Armada Cruise - U.S. Soccer
The New York Cosmos (B) fell victim to #USOC2018’s first Cupset when they were ousted by the Brooklyn Italians in their Play-In game – while Miami FC (2) and Jacksonville Armada both progressed to the First Round.

World Soccer

Sergio Ramos: Lionel Messi pressured refs during El Clasico | SI.com
Ramos complained about a late no-call that would have led to penalty kick for Madrid.

Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane welcomes VAR after disputed Clasico
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane welcomed the addition of video review for next season after a Clasico filled with controversial decisions.

Arsene Wenger says goodbye to Arsenal fans: 'I will miss you'
Arsene Wenger signed off in style at the Emirates Stadium as an emotional final home game as Arsenal manager ended in a fitting and stylish victory.

A-League Grand Final VAR controversy down to 'technical failure' - FFA

Butland blames Stoke relegation on “farcical” transfer dealings – ProSoccerTalk
Stoke City are a Premier League club no more, due to poor transfer recruitment, according to Jack Butland.

Women's football team changes the game in Jordan | | Al Jazeera
How a handful of female football players shaped the country's perception of the popular game and won its heart.

Canada Soccer officially approves four Canadian Premier League cities - Waking The Red
Halifax, York Region, Calgary, and Port City (BC) are expected to be among the eight founding cities of the Canadian Premier League.

Chivas setting sights on return of Javier Hernandez from West Ham - source
Chivas will attempt to lure West Ham's Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez back to his first club as it prepares for the Club World Cup, a source says.

Liga Santander: Setién, la idea puesta al servicio del Betis | Deportes | EL PAÍS

Cultural stuff I like

A Reprise for a 19th-Century Language Based on Music | Atlas Obscura

Behind the scenes of the making of Dungeons & Dragons | The Seattle Times
Columnist Nicole Brodeur got to take a step inside Wizards of the Coast headquarters in Renton, see what the makers of Dungeons & Dragons are working on, and even watch a test game with a Seattle Seahawk.

One space between each sentence, they said. Science just proved them wrong.
Obviously, there needs to be a standard. But do we really want to leave it to science?