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Courage defeat the Portland Thorns for the title. Real Madrid has no interest in a La Liga match played on US soil. An indoor soccer center is converted to a cannabis growing operation.

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Seattle

"His memory is going to live on:" One year after passing away due to a brain tumor, Nathan Beatty's memory shines in the Seattle Sounders community | Seattle Sounders FC

Final vote on Monday to approve $700 million KeyArena renovations | king5.com
The Seattle City Council is expected to approve $700 million renovations to KeyArena Monday.

Major League Soccer

Does Playing The Kids Actually Help Teams Win in MLS? — American Soccer Analysis
An interesting look at whether those that complain about not playing the young’uns are right.

Reports: Marc Dos Santos a candidate for San Jose Earthquakes vacancy - Angels on Parade
LAFC assistant coach getting more attention around MLS.

NWSL

NC Courage 3 - 0 Portland Thorns FC: Courage are the 2018 NWSL Champions - Dirty South Soccer
The curse of the shield is broken!

Portland Thorns fall 3-0 to North Carolina in championship - Stumptown Footy
Stumptown Footy’s reaction to being runners-up.

Jaelene Hinkle is aware of your boos, but doesn’t want to think about them - Dirty South Soccer
Hinkle kept the focus on the Courage and the championship game at NWSL media day.

USL and other US leagues

Why Alexi Lalas’ USL2Columbus Proposal Won’t be a Thing – SOCCERESQ
Lalas tossed a couple of logs onto the SaveTheCrew fire, opining in a commentary during halftime of the game between D.C. United and New York Red Bulls, that Anthony Precourt and MLS should "rip off the bandaid" and make the move to Austin official.

Mr. “Ultracompetitive”: How Quinn has succeeded at Orange County SC - Angels on Parade
Angels on Parade speaks to the midfielder about his season in an exclusive interview.

2019 US Open Cup qualifying schedule, results | TheCup.us - Full Coverage of US Open Cup Soccer
Yes, qualification for the 2019 edition of the US Open Cup has begun already.

United States

ESPN+ Subscriptions Soar Past 1 Million Mark
Customers are signing up in droves for the streaming service.

Merced indoor soccer center will close to grow weed | Merced Sun-Star
The Merced Indoor Sports Center at 115 Heron Way was recently approved as a site to grow, manufacture and distribute cannabis, according to city records. The plans have upset parents who say closing the center is a problem in a town of few recreational options for children.

Oklahoma-Army OT game only available on $55 PPV, 32K fans turn to some guy's cell phone stream instead
You gotta do what you gotta do to see the game.

Real Madrid will not go to the USA with LaLiga - Perez
While announcing redevelopment plans for the Santiago Bernabeu, Florentino Perez said Real Madrid will "refuse outright" any possible LaLiga matches in the United States.

World

Greece imports referees as fix for soccer violence - The Washington Post
Greek soccer league organizers hope that importing referees for the most important games will help keep the peace.

Juventus Soccer Club Is Launching a Crypto Token to Give Fans a 'Voice' - CoinDesk

Game paused as soccer fans protest esports
Soccer fans in Switzerland held up play by throwing tennis balls and games consoles on the field in an unusual protest against esports on Sunday.

Cruz Azul stay top of the league table with win over Atlas - FMF State Of Mind
La Maquina kept their lead at the top against the winless Rojinegros.

The fact that Real Madrid doesn’t have a women’s soccer team is an absolute disgrace - Managing Madrid

Nemanja Matic hailed as anonymous donor who gave €70,000 towards young boy's cancer treatment - Irish Mirror Online
Serbian star has been named as a donor who gave €70,000 so little Dusan Todorovic could get crucial treatment that may save his life.

Jürgen Klopp Reportedly Turned Down Amazon Prime’s All Or Nothing Series - The Liverpool Offside
The Liverpool boss is said to have deemed the hit behind-the-scenes documentary a distraction.

FIFA to upgrade flights, raise prize money for Women's WCup
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — In a concession to women's soccer, FIFA will start funding business-class flights for some of the Women's World Cup teams traveling to France.

Spanish federation withholds approval of match in US
The Spanish league’s plan to play a regular-season match in the United States was put in serious doubt Friday.

FIFA's attempt to clean up transfer market is off-base
The soccer transfer market is very far from perfect. But it also isn't exactly broken. FIFA's proposals, for the most part, are solutions in search of a problem.

For Aston Villa, John McGinn scored the greatest goal that has ever been scored - 7500 To Holte
John McGinn stole from the gods to give to you.

More

FIFA 19 Review: Journey back to childhood | An in-depth look at the new features - Royal Blue Mersey
It’s that time of year again when the latest version of FIFA is about to hit the shelves.