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Also: The Sounder at Heart party is Sunday; NWSL players are in World Cup Qualifying;

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Seattle

The biggest story in Seattle soccer remains Clint Dempsey retiring.

Clint Dempsey retires: Full coverage - Sounder At Heart
His six seasons with the Sounders earned three major trophies.

Clint Dempsey Testimonial Match - Summer 2019 versus Fulham - Sounder At Heart
Let's rally and make this happen. A charity Testimonial next summer during the Premier League preseason would be a great time to send Clint off in style. He played most of his matches with Fulham.

Up Close: Seattle Reign midfielder Jess Fishlock – Equalizer Soccer

Boo England... rattle them - Jess Fishlock's message to Wales fans - BBC Sport
Wales record cap holder Jess Fishlock urges Wales fans to make life difficult for England in their crucial World Cup qualifier in Newport on Friday.

Reign FC's Theresa Nielsen and Denmark draw with Croatia, keeping their World Cup dreams alive

2018 GM Vote | Seattle Sounders FC
The 2018 General Manager Vote is the right for Alliance Members to vote on the retention of Garth Lagerwey as the GM of Seattle Sounders FC.

Culture

Little League Ratings: Title Game Hits High - Sports Media Watch
Little League ratings hit a three-year high on Sunday, as Hawaii's win in the championship game delivered the largest baseball audience of 2018.

Bringing ancient scrolls into the touchscreen age with MagicScreen The Engineer
Canadian researchers unveil MagicScreen, the first rollable touchscreen tablet that combines flexible display technology with gesture control

W.N.B.A. Frenemies Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi Save the Trash Talk for Bowling - The New York Times
The on-court rivalry of Bird and Taurasi has defined a generation of guard play in women’s basketball.

Amazon suspends reviews of US Open coverage after deluge of complaints | Sport | The Guardian
Amazon has been slammed amid its first exclusive broadcast of a sports event, with the picture and sound quality and lack of a recording option criticised

Toronto built a better green bin and — oops — maybe a smarter raccoon | The Star
After the city unveiled its ‘raccoon-resistant’ bins, some feared the animals would be starved out. Journalist Amy Dempsey was examining just that when her reporting took an unexpected path — down her own garbage-strewn laneway. Had raccoons finally figured out how to defeat the greatest human effort in our “war” against their kind? An accidental investigation finds answers amid the scraps.

#SaH10

Our birthday was earlier in the week. The party is Sunday from Noon until 3:30 PM at Cheney Stadium. You’re invited. Tickets are $33 dollars using the code SAH. S2 Coach John Hutchinson and assistant Coach Wade Webber will stop by our event. I will be broadcasting from the event as well. Our birthday stories got bumped by the Dempsey news. Here they are again.

It’s taken a village to build this community - Sounder At Heart
This thank you letter feels a bit like an Oscars speech.

We asked people around Seattle soccer about their impression of Sounder at Heart - Sounder At Heart
Leading up to the birthday of Sounder at Heart Dave (Founder and Managing Editor), Jeremiah (Managing Editor) and Susie (Deputy Editor SaH, Editor-in-Chief Ride of the Valkyries) reached out to...

Sounder at Heart’s history told through some of our favorite stories - Sounder At Heart
From expansion to analytics, from the Reign to an MLS Cup we have many thousands of tales. We tried to keep it to ten. We failed.

MLS

Former Orlando City goalie Talmon 'Tally' Hall is now a cop | Blogs
The Orlando Police Department swore in 12 new officers today, one of which many Orlando City fans may be familiar with. Former Orlando City goalie...

Sporting KC’s Diego Rubio called up for Chile matches - The Blue Testament
Sporting KC forward Diego Rubio to join Chile Men’s National Team for friendlies in Asia

Sporting KC’s Cameron: From MLS league office to MLS club - The Blue Testament
Excitement, a new urgency, and time dominate in new role.

Wayne Rooney signs media & commercial rights deal with Octagon, Triple S
Major League Soccer (MLS) club D.C. United have inked deals with sports marketing firms Octagon and Triple S Sports & Entertainment Group

NWSL

Wales women footballers hope to inspire future players - BBC News
Wales winger Natasha Harding says the current team hopes to inspire the next generation of footballers.

Swedish legend Lotta Schelin announces retirement due to ongoing pain – Equalizer Soccer

Whitecaps FC President discusses why team won’t join NWSL – Equalizer Soccer

Scotland 2-1 Switzerland: Scots still have it all to play for - The Scotsman
Shelley Kerr couldn’t have asked for any more from her players as they gave their best performance of the World Cup qualifying campaign to beat Group 2 top seeds Switzerland at the Simple Digital Arena.

Former Reign FC players Kim Little, Rachel Corsie lead Scotland to victory over Switzerland in Women's World Cup qualifier
Scotland Women's World Cup hopes were dealt a blow after Shelley Kerr's side defeated Switzerland by just a single goal.

US National Team

USMNT: Eight uncapped players who could get a shot in September 08/30/2018
USMNT: Eight uncapped players who could get a shot in September - 08/30/2018

Will American soccer even look for the next Clint Dempsey? - SBNation.com
Dempsey is one of a kind. Mostly because soccer is for rich kids who get their love for the game coached out of them.

Michael Arace | Clint Dempsey added to his soccer legacy in Columbus - Sports - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
Clint Dempsey, America’s most important soccer player, retired suddenly on Wednesday. Here in Columbus, the spiritual home of the men’s national team, the news loosed a torrent of appreciation. It also conjured a vivid recollection of a singular penalty kick, which whistled wide of the Mexican net, gloriously.

World soccer

South American Football In Dire Straits | Tim Vickery - World Soccer
South American Football In Dire Straits | Tim Vickery - Tim Vickery addresses the significant problems in South American football right now in this piece.

Stuttgart wanted Alphonso Davies, but then Bayern Munich happened - Bavarian Football Works
Ever wonder why he was so expensive? Looks like our Canadian starlet was more sought after than we thought.

Usain Bolt made his pro soccer debut Friday in Australia. It went ...ok - SBNation.com
The fastest man in the the world is now the fastest man on the pitch.

Spurs' Son Heung-Min has alternative routes to South Korean military exemption - source
South Korea's government rewards Asian Games gold medal winners with exemption from compulsory 21-month national service.

Canada Soccer announces squad for Concacaf Nations League Qualifying | Canada Soccer