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Major Link Soccer: Will USL cities follow the Courage example?

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Also: Rapinoe wants help for fire ravaged homeland; Solo continues action against USSF; a ton of MLS links

Seattle smoke stuff

Washington Smoke Information: HEPA air purifiers can remove most smoke from indoor air

Washington Smoke Information: 8/23/2018 Air Quality Outlook for the North Columbia Basin

Cultural stuff Dave thinks you should read

Brewmaster’s Taproom, Georgetown Brewing and Cloudburst Brewing are going to the dogs – Washington Beer Blog
The Brewmaster's Taproom has teamed up with Cloudburst Brewing and Georgetown Brewing to create I LOVE DOG, a beer to benefit dog rescue organizations.

Leviathan shirt designs start at $19.99

Mercedes-Benz Stadium to cut concessions prices once again | SportBusiness Group
The one-year anniversary of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium opening will be marked by further price reductions in food and drink concessions.

MLS

MLS Power Ranking Averages - Week 25 - RSL Soapbox
Atlanta continue on top, but DC United make a large step forward.

Opinion: Savarese’s Price of Success - Stumptown Footy
How Gio and Portland must navigate the club’s evolution

Eryk Williamson of Portland Timbers on Loan to Portugal - Stumptown Footy
Williamson’s reported destination is C.D. Santa Clara, located in the Azores archipelago.

Limited MLS minutes mean domestic forwards will look to Europe
Alphonso Davies' move to Bayern is notable but also brings into question whether enough young North American forwards are getting chances at home.

Where You Stop Your Story: Chicago Fire 1, Columbus Crew 1, MLS Game Recap - Hot Time In Old Town
The possible final meeting between the Fire and That Yellow Team ends in a one-goal draw

Columbus Crew SC manage a tie at the Fire in a sluggish Thursday game - Massive Report
It was not a performance the Black & Gold will want to relive too many times.

Dynamo, FC Dallas exchange late goals for a 1-1 draw - Dynamo Theory
Dynamo give up late goal but fight back to tie FC Dallas.

Seba Le Toux: I Hope Philly Will do Well - U.S. Soccer
ussoccer.com caught up with legend Sebastien Le Toux, the US Open Cup's top-scorer in the Modern Era (16), for a chat about his favorite tournament, life after pro soccer and why he’s pulling for the Philadelphia Union in the 2018 final.

How MLS Rivalry Week compares with Europe's biggest derbies
MLS' rivalries aren't up there with the best in the world, but the games are getting more intense and with time the hatred will grow.

A Timbers Army Flag Offends Korean-Americans and Sparks a Two-City Debate Over Cultural Insensitivity - Willamette Week

Toronto FC remove Inebriatti’s supporters group status - Waking The Red
They are no longer a recognized supporters group within BMO Field

PSV unveils terrible name, colors and logo for potential Austin team - Massive Report
Could this be a bigger slap in the face to Columbus?

Re-living the top 5 late-season turnarounds in Major League Soccer history | MLSsoccer.com
All five of these teams ended up qualifying for the MLS cup finals.

NWSL

NWSL expansion could see teams added in USL cities :: WRALSportsFan.com
The on-and-off-field success of the North Carolina Courage provides a template for other USL owners interested in adding a women's team.

USL and other lower division

Indomitable City Soccer catches up with Republic President and COO Ben Gumpert - Indomitable City Soccer
We talk how he arrived at the Republic, status of club, MLS expansion and so much more.

US national team

U.S. Soccer Partners with U.S. WNT Forward Megan Rapinoe and Shasta Regional Community Foundation to Raise Funds for Victims of Carr Fire - U.S. Soccer
U.S. Soccer is partnering with U.S. Women’s National Team forward Megan Rapinoe and the Shasta Regional Community Foundation to raise awareness and funds for relief efforts to aid the victims of the Carr Fire that severely affected a large swath of Northern California. Rapinoe is a native of Redding, California, an area heavily impacted by the fire. Fans are encouraged to donate at ussoccer.com/CarrFund.

WE CANNOT ACCEPT THE USOC’S REFUSAL TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF THE ATHLETES THAT FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES IT TO SERVE – The Official Web Site of Hope Solo . U.S. World Cup and Olympic Champion . Activist . Feminist

Other soccer stuff

Would Man United be in better shape had they hired Pochettino and not Mourinho in 2016?
Man United opted for Jose Mourinho over Mauricio Pochettino in 2016. Do they regret it and would they be better off had they gone the other way?

University of Akron men’s soccer: Young, talented Zips look to continue tradition of excellence
There’s an expectation at the University of Akron for the men’s soccer team regardless of what happened the season before. Standouts may leave and players may graduate, but the one thing that stays the same is that the Zips stand above almost everyone else on the national landscape. Last season, Stuart Holthusen (12 goals, 3 assists), Sam Gainford (10, 5) and Joao Moutinho were arguably the big three that brought a Mid-American Conference Tournament title and trip to the College Cup to Akron during an 18-4-2 season. Holthusen and Gainford were lost to graduation along with Paul Belena, Manuel Cordeiro, Niko de Vera and Nate Shultz. Joao Moutinho was taken No. 1 in the MLS Super Draft by Los Angeles FC and was joined by de Vera (New York Red Bulls), Shultz (LA Galaxy) and Holthusen (Portland Timbers) in the draft with Nick Hinds headed to the Seattle Sounders of the USL. At UA, it’s just a matter of reloading…