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Also: USA v Brazil, Reign at Thorns, Huskies v Zips -- there's no break from soccer

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Seattle

Huskies and their ever-improving offense return home for two critical games | Local Sports | dailyuw.com
The No. 23 Washington men’s soccer team is trending up, despite falling back 20 spots in the United Soccer Coaches Poll this week.

Foo Fighters soccer game with Kentucky coaches violates rule
A pickup soccer game with the Foo Fighters resulted in a self-reported rules violation by a UK coach this spring.

The depth chart has been updated. A formal reveal is expected over the weekend.

culture

The 5 largest yachts by length at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018 | Yacht Charter Fleet
The yachting industry will turn its attention exclusively to the Monaco Yacht Show later this month, and as the event is renowned for displaying the world’s biggest superyachts, YachtCharterFleet rounds up the five largest in attendance.

Game of Game Of Thrones thrones: 43 big upcoming fantasy and sci-fi shows
Since debuting in April 2011, HBO’s Game Of Thrones has slowly become the defining television phenomenon of this decade, dominating the pop culture conversation in a way no other show has since the glory days of The Sopranos.

The Athletic is poaching from local sports pages and reading like them too.
You are what you poach.

The Arabic ‘Antarah’ Comic: ‘An Experiment Worthy of Praise’ – ArabLit
"I was also very impressed by the poems of Antarah ibn Shaddad chosen for the events of the story; some of my favourite verses were in there."

MLS

Grading Inter Miami CF’s new crest and colors - SBNation.com
There are herons too!

MLS, Liga MX unveil Campeones Cup trophy ahead of Toronto FC-Tigres clash | MLSsoccer.com

Report: D.C. United could sign defender Kevin Ellis - Black And Red United
Steve Goff says could add the former KC and Chicago man to bolster a thin back line

MLS in Nashville: In the end, the right side won in stadium debate
Late negotiations make this more than just a deal by rich people and for rich people

Inside PTFC | Catenaccio, patience, and our latest lessons about the mind of Giovanni Savarese | Portland Timbers

NWSL

Seattle Reign v. Portland Thorns: Scouting Report - Sounder At Heart
It’s win and lock up a home playoff game or hit the road in the first round of the playoffs.

Roses and Thorns: Home stretch - Stumptown Footy
When the story of the Thorns’ 2018 season is complete, one of the longest chapters is going to be the one about what this team could have been.

USL and other lower division

P.R. Soccer League to invest $200M in 10 years to build sports venues – News is My Business
Each stadium will also have training grounds for the soccer club academy development activities.

Why a formation change is what Sacramento Republic FC needs - Indomitable City Soccer
Republic FC will need to score more goals if they are to win their second USL title

Lower League America: Big Trouble in Little Chattanooga | Soc Takes
Compass Football's Jason Davis and Soc Takes' Nipun Chopra link up for the second episode of their new Lower League America series, this one entitled "Big Trouble in Little Chattanooga."

What to do about Ottawa - CanPL - Canadian Soccer News
Multiple sources in the CanPL and in Canadian soccer have confirmed that the Ottawa Fury will struggle to be sanctioned after 2019, if not sooner.

Orlando City B Will Relaunch in USL Division III for 2019 Season - The Mane Land
OCB will be returning to action in 2019, playing games at Montverde Academy.

US National Team
Men’s, women’s, girl’s, boy’s, etc

Was there anything to learn from the USA vs Chile friendlies? - Stars and Stripes FC
Yeah. Kind of.

Speak English? You could be the next USMNT manager - Stars and Stripes FC
GM Earnie Stewart gives some interesting updates in the managerial search.

Sebastian Lletget departs USMNT camp due to injury - Stars and Stripes FC
The LA Galaxy midfielder is suffering from an abductor injury.

USA vs. Brazil, 2018 friendly: What to watch for - Stars and Stripes FC
The Kickoff Series begins against a world soccer power.

Other soccer stuff

Pup Guardiola? Stray dog is ‘assistant’ to head coach of football team in Paraguay | Football | The Guardian
Paraguayan second-tier side Club Sporting 2 de Mayo have a secret weapon in their bid to reach the top flight – a stray dog who has become part of their coaching team

Possession-based Football in Liga MX is Less Efficient for Creating Chances, in Contrast to Europe’s “Big 5” – Fut Mex Nation

The UEFA Nations League has a lot of bad ideas, but some cool ones too - SBNation.com
Here’s what you need to know about the newest international soccer competition.