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Seattle

Mercato : La star galloise Jessica Fishlock rejoint l’OL jusqu’à la fin de la saison
L’internationale galloise Jessica Fishlock est prêtée à l’OL par le club américain de Seattle Reign FC jusqu’à la fin de la saison.

How Seattle Sounders Academy became one of the best youth systems in the United States: Development and Coaching Specialization | Seattle Sounders FC

culture

Introducing the Name Our Avatar Contest! | GeekGirlCon

This animated map shows Gettysburg in a whole new way - We Are The Mighty
The Civil War Trust, known for its great maps and historical accounts of the war, has branched into animated maps that show move-by-move accounts of important battles like Antietam, Vicksburg, and Shiloh.

The trust's still maps are known for their accuracy and detail, and these new animated maps con...

12 new bars in Seattle and on the Eastside, from a spot in The Spheres to one on a rooftop | The Seattle Times
James Beard award-winning chef Renee Erickson opens a cocktail bar inside The Spheres at Amazon, and downtown Seattle gets another rooftop bar.

MLS

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Dear Family, Friends, and Fans, I have discovered that the hardest thing in professional sports is to stop. Be it a game, season, or career, it is a time full of large and small rollercoasters of the highest highs and lowest lows. No ifs, ands, or buts about it! Leaving the game for good is my Pacific Rim. After 13 seasons with 7 teams, I am announcing my retirement for professional soccer. My recovery road has been long and arduous. I’ve always given my 100%, and would never let myself give less. Returning to the game would show my inability to do so. So with a heavy heart I have decided to save my legs for my future endeavors and hang up the cleats. I would like to thank everyone that helped me attain a dream I had since seeing my first professional game at Vicarage Road at the age of 9. The inaudible sound of my own screams drowned out by the surrounding thunder created by the cheers of 20,000 faithful when Watford scored solidified my position...striker. I dreamt of creating that moment! I was able to achieve this and replicate it many times over thanks to my family, my teammates, and my coaches throughout my youth and professional life. Thanks to the unsung heroes of everyday professional life, the trainers, equipment managers, massage therapists, doctors, and strength trainers....THANK YOU! Thank you to the fans! The lovers and the haters. Both filled me with different kinds of motivation every day I got to be a pro. @chicagofire , @torontofc , @lagalaxy , @nerevolution , @soundersfc , @sjearthquakes , and @realsaltlake , thank you for allowing me to entertain in your cities and organizations. And to their fans especially...Thank you for accepting me and helping me create so many great memories - times I’ll never forget celebrating with you. This journeyman’s destination has been reached, but this adventure has been the time of my life...it’s been a dream and honor to share it with you all. And lastly, thank you most of all to my Mom, aka ‘Mama Barrett’. My number 1 fan who never missed a game and always encouraged me to follow my dreams! Couldn't have done it without you. Thanks for the memories, - Chad Barrett #19

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Tenorio: Eliminating a DP spot would halt MLS progress and allow lower-spending owners to dictate the league’s future – The Athletic ($)
It would be a massive step backward for MLS, a move made to placate owners who don’t want to spend as much as some of their counterparts

Out With The Old: Whitecaps Release Robinson - Eighty Six Forever
On Tuesday morning, the Vancouver Whitecaps announced the release of manager Carl Robinson effective immediately.

Carl Robinson’s future was sealed months ago; Tuesday just makes it official – The Province
Whitecaps FC Academy technical director Craig Dalrymple will lead MLS team as the acting head coach

Philadelphia Flyers take the heat off of the Philadelphia Union with awful new mascot Gritty - Brotherly Game
Phang might be goofy, but at least he’s not creepy

New York Red Bulls Sign Defender Kemar Lawrence to New Contract | New York Red Bulls

MLS Power Rankings Week 30: LAFC, Philadelphia Union climb, Seattle Sounders, Toronto FC fall | Pro Soccer USA

Report: Jurgen Klinsmann "not a candidate" for LA Galaxy coach or GM | MLSsoccer.com

Report: Mexican FA want Tata Martino to manage El Tri - Dirty South Soccer
Taking you through the rapidly unfolding developments regarding Martino and the Mexican Football Federation.

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NWSL

The 2018 NWSL Season Gave Us The Best- And Worst- Of American WoSo - Howler Magazine

Orlando Pride’s Marta Wins FIFA Women’s Player of the Year - The Mane Land
The Brazilian star was named player of the year for the sixth time.

USL

5 Things to Know: FC Cincinnati at Richmond Kickers - Cincinnati Soccer Talk
With a win, FC Cincinnati will clinch the USL Regular Season Championship in their final campaign as a member of the league. Can the Orange & Blue pull out another three points and clinch the shield?

USL Unveils New Structure: One Central Brand, Three Leagues, Evolving for the Future
Top division will be USL Championship followed by USL League One and USL League Two.

United Soccer League confirms new branding league structure
The United Soccer League has unveiled a new structure as well as a revamped branding of its three leagues, the organization announced on Tuesday.

US soccer

U.S. Open Cup: Former champions begin this weekend in 2019 qualifying route 09/21/2018

Union hoping winning mentality yields a trophy in Open Cup final | Sports | delcotimes.com
CHESTER – Against his better judgement, Jim Curtin took a trip down memory lane, aided by the Sherpa that is the Internet’s search bar.

FC Dallas' Oscar Pareja has not met with U.S. Soccer Federation - source
A reported meeting between the USSF and FC Dallas manager Oscar Pareja did not take place, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

World soccer

Luka Modric named best male player and Marta best female player at Fifa awards - BBC Sport
Real Madrid's Luka Modric is named the world's best male player at the Best Fifa Football Awards in London, as Marta is named best female player.

How to make the awful Best FIFA Football Awards better, in 2 simple steps - SBNation.com
FIFA’s awards show stinks. It doesn’t have to.

The World's Most Valuable Sports Agencies 2018
The firms featured in the 2018 sports agency rankings have negotiated a collective $43.7 billion in current professional athlete contracts, netting them more than $2.2 billion in commissions.