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Also: Fire smoke remains; MLS expansion is always a topic; Spirit coach out

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Wildfires

Washington Smoke Information: Too many apples-to-oranges comparisons with Beijing

Washington Smoke Information: Ash Falls in Seattle ... Some Clearing in Southeast Washington

As fires rage, emergency responders rely on familiar apps to save lives – Ars Technica
Handful of custom apps mixed in the with likes of Periscope, Skype, and Basecamp.

More not-soccer stuff

Man Arrested After Stealing Yacht, Ramming Other Boats in Chandler’s Cove | SPD Blotter | Seattle Police News and Events

ESPN Insider subscribers are told Insider is merging with ESPN+
ESPN Insider subscribers have been posting an email they received from ESPN letting them know that Insider is merging with ESPN+ at no additional cost.

MLS

Warshaw: Rooney leads the way, behind Seattle's surge & more from Week 25 | MLSsoccer.com
Some interesting thoughts on what Sounders do well.

Star-studded roster announced for Whitecaps FC Legends & Stars charity match on September 15 at BC Place | Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Let's talk about Turf in MLS : MLS
An interesting look at turf vs. grass.

Setting the Table Week 24: Replacing Ramirez in Minnesota, The TFC enigma, and Royer the Creator — American Soccer Analysis
Welcome to Setting the Table. Each week we take some time to focus on the best chance creators in MLS from the last weekend. If you want to see the best chances that were wasted check out Lowered Expectations. Here we focus on chances that ended with the ball in the back of the net.

Medford’s Brenden Aaronson is the Union’s top prospect, and a genuine U.S. soccer playmaker
Bethlehem Steel coach Brendan Burke describes the 17-year-old as "definitely one of the most creative midfielders — creative players in general — that I've seen come out of the academy. … His mind is always two steps ahead of the game."

How Los Latinos Brought The Game Of Soccer To Kansas City | KCUR
With professional teams like Sporting KC and the Kansas City Comets, soccer is clearly a popular sport in Kansas City.

Would Firing Carl Robinson Help The Vancouver Whitecaps? - Eighty Six Forever
Yes. Thanks for reading. In all seriousness though, Carl Robinson’s days as manager of the Vancouver Whitecaps are seemingly numbered.

Expansion/Relocation

With MLS coming to town, Cincinnati will be the smallest US market to support 3 major-league teams - Insider - Story
With FC Cincinnati joining MLS, Cincinnati is soon to become the smallest metro area in the country with three or more big-league franchises.

Travis County to challenge Austin MLS stadium tax exemption
Travis County isn’t giving up on collecting tax dollars on a potential Major League Soccer stadium that the Austin City Council waived.

MLS in San Diego would do well — if Seattle Sounders model played out - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Why have the Seattle Sounders become the top Major League Soccer franchise in consistent attendance and fan atmosphere? Take note, San Diego.

NWSL

Washington Spirit announce departure of head coach Jim Gabarra - Black And Red United
Two wins in 2018 doomed the head coach and GM of the Spirit

Jim Gabarra out as Spirit coach and GM

Week 21 Power Rankings: No change at the top

Pamplin Media Group - Weary Thorns look to recharge
Weary Thorns look to recharge, Local Sports, Portland local Sports, Breaking Sports alerts for Portland city.

USL and other lower divisions

Taking Attendance 8/21/2018: USL Will Pass 2 Million This Week, But…. – kenn.com blog

Powell Excited for SAFC’s Busy Stretch of Games

World Soccer

Appie Nouri: 'There is communication,' says brother of brain-damaged Ajax star - CNN
The family of a promising Dutch footballer who was left brain damaged after collapsing during a game in 2017 say they have been encouraged by small improvements in his condition.

Gil powers Arabe Unido past FAS
A spectacular 88th minute goal from Faber Gil earned Arabe Unido a massive 1-0 away victory over CD FAS in the first leg of their 2018 Scotiabank Concacaf League quarterfinal at the Cuscatlan Stadium in San Salvador, El Salvador.