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Jess Fishlock will continue to play for Wales, and a 51-year-old Japanese pro signs yet another contract extension.

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Seattle Soccer

Jess Fishlock: Seattle Reign player to play on for Wales, says Jayne Ludlow - BBC Sport
Wales' most capped player Jess Fishlock is included in Jayne Ludlow's squad for the friendly against Italy on 22 January.

Canadian international striker Adriana Leon joins England’s West Ham United | National Post
The Canadian international and former Seattle Reign FC striker will be reunited with former coach Matt Beard.

News & Culture

SR 99 Closure - Programs & Projects - King County Metro Transit - King County

Representatives Frances Axtell and Nena Jolidon Croake, the first women to serve in the Washington State Legislature, are sworn in on January 13, 1913. - HistoryLink.org
Know your history.

Tacoma's first electric trolley cars enter service on February 10, 1890. - HistoryLink.org
Know more of your history.

Toto’s “Africa” as Sung by Over 50 Movies and TV Shows | Nerdist
One more twist on Toto's "Africa."

Turnkey beer bar and bottleshop for sale in Yakima – Washington Beer Blog
The Beer Shoppe in downtown Yakima is for sale. Beer bar and bottleshop with 31 taps and 3 beer engines, plus retail sales.

Barstool Sports Shuts Down Comment Section, Silencing Its Most Loyal Racists
Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy announced today that his website’s comments section, long one of the most vile places on the internet, has been shuttered “until further notice.”

Major League Soccer

Amaya continues rapid rise by becoming first overall pick in 2019 MLS draft | Goal.com
The 19-year-old midfielder followed up a breakout showing in the Concacaf Under-20 Championship by being selected first overall in the MLS draft.

Ethics question still stalling Miami MLS stadium deal | Miami Herald
Two months after voters endorsed the idea of leasing Melreese golf course to owners of Miami’s new Major League Soccer team for a stadium complex, contract negotiations remain stalled due to an ethics complaint.

Frank de Boer’s introductory press conference to be televised regionally - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta introduces their new coach in style.

Alphonso Davies shows attacking flair in Bayern Munich debut | Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Two Sacramento-area players chosen in 2019 MLS Superdraft | The Sacramento Bee
UC Davis defender Roy Boateng and Jesuit High grad Tucker Bone were chosen in the first round of the MLS Superdraft. Boateng went to the New York Red Bulls. Bone, an Air Force midfielder, went to Seattle Sounders FC.

Meet Andre Shinyashiki, DU standout & Rapids first-round pick - Burgundy Wave
The forward from DU is excited to stay in Colorado and play for the Rapids.

Yamil Asad to Argentine radio: “I’ve decided to stay (at Velez)” - Black And Red United
An interview with Radio Republica indicates that D.C. United’s hopes of retaining Asad may be dimming.

The Philly way: The Philadelphia Union plant their flag | US Soccer Players
The Philadelphia Union's major statement of intent came before they traded away all of their 2019 SuperDraft picks, with the club doing it differently in MLS.

Quakes’ underdog draft pick Sergio Rivas savors "once in a lifetime" moment | MLSsoccer.com

The Union took a shot at the MLS draft that might help sink it for good in the future
Ernst Tanner's decision to trade away all of the Union's picks in this year's draft was met with widespread acclaim, and for good reason.

Orlando City wanted draft pick Santiago Patino as a Homegrown: 'The league did us wrong on this one' | Pro Soccer USA
Orlando City got its man in forward Santiago Patino during the MLS SuperDraft, but Luiz Muzzi said Patino should have been recognized by MLS as a Homegrown.

NWSL and women's soccer news

‘Football is football’: Richie Burke brings decades of experience to the Washington Spirit - The Washington Post
Burke, 54, will coach the Spirit to a demanding standard he developed as a player and coach.

Women’s soccer takes center stage at this year’s United Soccer Coaches convention
In addition to the annual MLS and NWSL drafts, a delegation from the French soccer federation will hold a seminar on the country’s World Cup hosting plans.

NWSL “making strides” in launching expansion team in 2020 - Angels on Parade
Is a California team just a year away?

Lower Leagues

Open Tryout
Get down to Phoenix and maybe you can play for a USL team.

United States

U.S. Soccer and Volkswagen of America Announce Landmark Multi-Year Presenting Partnership - U.S. Soccer
U.S. Soccer and Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced a landmark, integrated partnership today making Volkswagen the presenting automotive partner to the Federation through 2022.

Indiana’s Andrew Gutman signs with Celtic - Stars and Stripes FC
College soccer’s top player heads to Europe.

World

Rossi to train with Man Utd? | Football Italia
Giuseppe Rossi is reportedly returning to Old Trafford for training at the invitation of his former Manchester United teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The 31-year-old has been in America recently working on his fitness levels after his Genoa contract expired.

Iraq beat Yemen to secure place in Asian Cup last 16 - Soccer Iraq

51-year-old Japanese soccer star set to play a 34th season - NY Daily News
Japanese soccer star Kazuyoshi Miura has inked a new contract to play until he's 52.

Four observations from Bayern’s Telekom cup win - Bavarian Football Works
The cup itself is a weird one, but Niko Kovač used the format well to try his probable first team and some youngsters.

Deadly Barcelona Duo Messi And Suarez Outscoring All Other LaLiga Teams
Barcelona's forward pairing of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez continued their astonishing goalscoring form in Sunday's 3-0 win over Eibar.

Lovren given one-match international ban after Ramos social feud escalated
Croatia defender Dejan Lovren has been banned for one international match over comments he made on social media about Spain and Sergio Ramos.