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Major Link Soccer: NWSL moves Courage-Red Stars game to Portland to avoid hurricane

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Also: Saari out; Sigi speaks; Orlando hosting ‘19 All Star party

Carolinas Prepare As Hurricane Florence Approaches Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Seattle

Conquistador: From Spain to CenturyLink Field, Víctor Rodríguez is primed to take over | Seattle Sounders FC
Nice feature from SoundersFC.com on Victor Rodriguez.

How Sounders’ record win streak compares to those of other major pro Seattle franchises | The Seattle Times
The Sounders have set a Major League Soccer single-season record with eight consecutive wins in the post-shootout era. While some Seattle sports teams hold longer streaks, some aspects of the Sounders' stretch hold up rather well.

Sounders FC 2 Launches First Phase of New Team Branding Campaign - S2Tacoma

Sounders FC 2 Releases Ray Saari - S2Tacoma

culture

Review: Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Is an Amazing Introduction to 'Dungeons & Dragons'
Dungeons & Dragons has provided newcomers with a perfect introduction in the form of their newest adventure.Waterdeep: Dragon Heist is a unique urban-themed treasure hunt that puts a group of characters on the hunt for a massive hoard of gold within the city. The new Dungeons & Dragons adventure, [...]

Seattle Reign’s Megan Rapinoe lists Seward Park home for $888K - Curbed Seattle
Featuring plenty of balcony space and a stunning master suite

Sue Bird’s legendary career continues - SBNation.com
The three-time WNBA champion point guard has dominated with subtle brilliance at every level.

MLS

Sigi Schmid on leaving LA Galaxy: 'It was probably the best decision'
Sigi Schmid has told ESPN FC in an exclusive interview that "it was probably the best decision" that he be replaced as manager of the LA Galaxy.

MLS Officially Announces 2019 All-Star Game Will Be Held at Orlando City Stadium - The Mane Land
The mid-season classic is the latest in a string of major events at the club’s new stadium.

Portland Timbers appear to have another viable option at forward in Jeremy Ebobisse | OregonLive.com
Jeremy Ebobisse scored in his first start of the season last Saturday to help lead the Portland Timbers to a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids. Now, Ebobisse could be another viable option in the attack as the Timbers head into the final stretch of the regular season.

Tata Martino to decide Atlanta United future by October 1 - Dirty South Soccer
The Atlanta United manager says he has until October 1 to notify his employer if he will extend his contract.

Philadelphia Union mascot ‘Phang’ hatches at zoo - Brotherly Game
3,000 young fans participated in development of mascot

Soccer: Luiz Muzzi to become FC Dallas vice president of soccer operations as Fernando Clavijo takes leave of absence | SportsDay
Luiz Muzzi is set to take over as FC Dallas vice president of soccer operations with technical director Fernando Clavijo taking a leave of absence...

expansion

MLS Commissioner Don Garber: League 'probably done expanding in the southeast for a little while' | Pro Soccer USA
With success in Orlando and Atlanta, and with Nashville and Miami set to join soon, MLS Commissioner Don Garber is happy with soccer in the South.

NWSL

Lindsey Horan is as complete a player as the NWSL has ever seen - SBNation.com
The USWNT star is the favorite for MVP, and she’ll be the key player when the Portland Thorns face the Seattle Reign in the NWSL semifinals.

playoffs

The North Carolina Courage and Chicago Red Stars will play their NWSL semifinal match in Portland - Stumptown Footy
The Courage were set to host but with Hurricane Florence approaching, have had to find another venue.

Red Stars Playoff Game Moved To New Day, Location - Hot Time In Old Town
The semifinal clash with North Carolina will be played next Tuesday night in Portland

Better late than never: NC Courage playoff game moved to Portland on Tuesday - Dirty South Soccer
This is worse than going to Chicago, just sayin’.

Soccer Made in Portland podcast: Guest Meghan Klingenberg previews NWSL semifinal game | OregonLive.com
The Oregonian's Jamie Goldberg and Timbers.com's Richard Farley bring you the latest edition of their weekly Portland Timbers and Thorns podcast, Soccer Made in Portland. In this week's edition, Jamie and Richard touch on a host of topics, including talking to Portland Thorns defender Meghan Klingenberg about Saturday's NWSL semifinal game.

USL

Phoenix Rising’s MLS players could impact playoffs
With USL playoffs fast approaching, four new players coming in from MLS clubs have helped Phoenix Rising climb to the top of the Western Conference.

Louisville’s Lancaster Voted USL Player of the Month

US soccer

Fight over Stryker could doom Wichita’s largest soccer league | The Wichita Eagle
The City Council has delayed a vote on privatizing the Stryker Complex in northeast Wichita after officials of the city’s largest nonprofit youth soccer league complained the deal could force them to fold.

Christian Pulisic: USA absences the source of growing frustration | SI.com
Ever since the USA's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, it's been a rarity to see Christian Pulisic in a U.S. shirt, and while each of his absences is explainable during a down period, does the USMNT need more from its top talent as it looks to build for the future?

World soccer

StatsBomb Release Free FIFA World Cup Data | StatsBomb
StatsBomb announces the release of the 2018 Men's World Cup on our industry-leading event data spec StatsBomb Data, for free.

World Cup final demonstrator from Pussy Riot reportedly hospitalized; family suspects poisoning - SBNation.com
Pyotr Verzilov was reportedly hospitalized on Wednesday after struggling with sight, speech and the ability to move around, per the report.