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NCAA Womens Soccer: College Cup Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Puget Sound soccer

WA Youth Soccer Partners with TeamSnap | Washington Youth Soccer

With tech ties to Frederick, Yael Averbuch's soccer training app continues to evolve | Arts & entertainment | fredericknewspost.com
Walking back to the locker room with heads hung low, the players wearing the U.S. men’s soccer team logo that night in October 2017 knew the weight of what it

Osvaldo Alonso joins Loons

Warshaw: Why Ozzie Alonso is a gamble Minnesota United have to make | MLSsoccer.com

Minnesota United FC signs Osvaldo Alonso - E Pluribus Loonum
The Loons secured Alonso’s signature after the defensive midfielder received many lucrative offers from around the league.

Seattle Sounders legend Ozzie Alonso signs with Minnesota United | Seattle Sounders FC

Culture & news

Joe Manganiello's obsessed with Dungeons & Dragons [Video]
You likely know Joe Manganiello as America’s favorite werewolf for his role on True Blood — or even as the husband of Sofia Vergara. “It’s a game that was really the predecessor for video games… It’s just that when we were kids, the technology wasn’t available,” says Manganiello, 42, who has been a

‘Very Angry Badger’ Wreaks Havoc at Historic Castle in Scotland | Ancient Origins
A 16th century Scottish castle survived decades of battles, attacks, civil war and treason but has been forced to close due to one very angry badger, which has taken up residence in Cellar Tunnel.
[This wasn’t Ozzie]

People keep stealing “420” milepost signs, but Washington state has a quirky solution | The Seattle Times
The state Department of Transportation has replaced some mile-marker signs with the numbers 68.9 or 419.9, or removed mileposts 69 and 420 altogether, to combat thefts.

MLS

Anatole Abang arrested for marijuana possession, may face immigration challenges - Once A Metro
New York Red Bulls’ recently-returned forward has an important day in court ahead of him.

Examining how much distance FC Dallas will travel in 2019 - Big D Soccer
As one of the easternmost teams in the west, FCD will cover quite the distance in 2019.

Joy in the job | Liam Ridgewell's presence created unique legacy with Timbers | Portland Timbers

Draft

The 2019 MLS SuperDraft value card | Soccermetrics Research, LLC
Advanced soccer analytics for the soccer (football) industry. Empowering soccer's data revolution.

Armchair Analyst: 2019 Mock Superdraft – final version | MLSsoccer.com

MLS SuperDraft: Goal's 2019 first-round mock draft | Goal.com
Ives Galarcep projects the 24 players who will be selected in the first round of Friday's MLS draft in Chicago

NWSL and other women’s leagues

NWSL Draft

Sky Blue FC Among The 2019 NWSL Draft Winners, With Important Caveat
It's been a rough year for Sky Blue FC, and much of it self-inflicted, with player conditions that led to members of the team turning to the media for help addressing them. But Thursday offers an opportunity to move past these troubles, along with helpful metrics to determine if they have done so.

First Reactions: Chicago Red Stars 2019 NWSL Draft - Hot Time In Old Town
Red Stars select Tierna Davidson number one in the Draft and select Mexican international Maria Sanchez in second round

NWSL Draft 2019: Washington Spirit select Stanford midfielder Jordan DiBiasi - Black And Red United
Following a major trade, the Spirit added a creative midfielder to a squad that needed one

Washington Spirit trade three players to land the third pick in the 2019 NWSL Draft - Black And Red United
A new direction for the Spirit

Get to know Utah Royals FC’s 2019 NWSL College Draft picks - RSL Soapbox
Utah Royals FC selected three players in this year’s college draft.

Portland Thorns select Emily Ogle in NWSL college draft - Stumptown Footy
After a bit of wheeling and dealing to turn their 17th and 35th overall draft picks into the 24th overall pick, the Thorns selected midfielder Emily Ogle out of Penn State today at the NWSL draft.

2019 NWSL Draft: Orlando Pride Select Northwestern Midfielder Marisa Viggiano - The Mane Land
With the 30th pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft, the Pride add an excellent passer from the Big Ten Conference.

2019 NWSL Draft: Orlando Pride Select Colorado’s Erin Greening - The Mane Land
With the 25th pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft, the Pride add multi-positional Colorado player Erin Greening.

General news

Utah Royals add reserve team, Utah Royals FC Reserves, who will play in the Women’s Premier Soccer League - RSL Soapbox
The Royals add a new reserve team in 2019

Chicago Red Stars acquire Katie Johnson from Sky Blue FC – Equalizer Soccer

USL and other lower men’s leagues

Canada Soccer’s 2019 Canadian Championship expands to 13 teams and 24 matches | Canada Soccer
Canada Soccer’s newly expanded Battle of the North will feature a 13-team format when the 2019 Canadian Championship kicks off on 15 May. The 24-match schedule features Canadian teams from across five leagues culminating with the Final Round on 18 and 25 September.

LA Galaxy II exercise 2019 contract options on five players | LA Galaxy

How A Mythical Soccer Stadium Became Queens’ Biggest Political Futbol: Gothamist

Indy Eleven propose $550 million development that includes stadium | 2019-01-09 | Indianapolis Business Journal | IBJ.com
The professional soccer team is pushing for a 20,000-seat stadium as part of a real estate district featuring lodging, office and retail space, an underground parking structure and apartments.

World soccer

Police Issue Warrant for Soccer Superstar Ronaldo’s DNA in Rape Case - WSJ
Authorities in Las Vegas have issued a warrant for a DNA sample from soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to see if it matches that found on a dress of a woman who has accused him of rape.

Ruthven: Solskjaer should beware of Ferguson's involvement at United
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'We sacrificed our lives for this': How U.S. prodigy Ben Lederman's career was almost ruined at Barcelona
Ben Lederman made headlines in 2011 when he became the first American to enroll in Barcelona's academy. And that's when things started to go wrong.

Sarri meeting, Willian and Pedro ages key factors in Pulisic choosing Chelsea - We Ain't Got No History
Another Premier League club was willing to meet Borussia Dortmund’s asking price for the 20-year-old American

Gianluigi Buffon: Paris St-Germain goalkeeper reveals he had depression and panic attacks at Juventus - BBC Sport
PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reveals he suffered with depression and once missed a Juventus game after having a panic attack.