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Seattle

Gallimore Announces 2019 Will Be Final Campaign - University of Washington Athletics
The Official Athletics Site for the University of Washington. Watch game highlights of Washington Huskies games online, get tickets to Huskies athletic events, and shop for official Washington Huskies gear in the team store.

Jess Fishlock: Midfielder listened to heart on Wales status - BBC Sport
Wales' most capped player Jess Fishlock listens to her heart by opting to continue playing for her country.

Through triumph, injury and role reversals, Sounders’ young duo forges foundational bond – The Athletic ($)
The young Sounders stars have found in each other a rare, genuine friendship — the type of camaraderie that has seen them through low points and pushed them to become the best players they can be.

Remembering Sigi Schmid
Schmid's memorial service will be open to the public at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach, Calif. on Friday January 18 at 5 p.m. There will be a live stream for those unable to attend, it can be found at https://livestream.com/americanmartyrs.

MLS

Josef Martinez signs long-term contract extension with Atlanta United - Dirty South Soccer
The King of Atlanta is here to stay.

Austin's new MLS franchise leaves bad feelings in San Antonio | WOAI
SAN ANTONIO -Gordon Hartman has a simple explanation about why Austin landed an MLS franchise at San Antonio's expense. But it's not something local soccer fans will want to hear. On Tuesday, San Antonio's multi-year pursuit of an MLS team ended when the league announced Austin would get an expansion franchise in 2021. "With Austin getting an expansion team, the chances of San Antonio being able to also receive one has basically gone to zero. ," Hartman said.

LA Galaxy re-sign midfielder Servando Carrasco | MLSsoccer.com

‘Pity’ Martinez arrives in U.S., even with no official ATL UTD announcement – ProSoccerTalk
Atlanta United hasn't officially announced the signing of Gonzalo "Pity" Martinez, but the talented Argentine attacker is in the U.S. now anyway.

NWSL

Real Salt Lake Women to cease operations in 2019 - RSL Soapbox
Announcement of URFC Reserves means second division club ends its time as part of the RSL Family after six seasons in WPSL, UWS.

Abby Wambach: US soccer hero's mission is to empower women - CNN
Abby Wambach admits she did not push for equality during the height of her playing career but is determined to make her voice heard in retirement.

USMNT

U.S. Soccer Names Initial Members of U.S. MNT Technical Staff - U.S. Soccer
Josh Wolff, B.J. Callaghan, Steve Tashjian and Darcy Norman join Gregg Berhalter's U.S. Men's National Team Technical Staff

OSU men's soccer: Boss goalkeeper coach for national team camp | Soccer | democratherald.com
Oregon State men’s soccer coach Terry Boss is serving as goalkeeper’s coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s January Camp, U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday. The camp runs through Feb.

Sargent describes how it felt to score first Bundesliga goal – ProSoccerTalk
Less than 12 months after signing his first professional contract, Joshua Sargent accomplished his dream of playing in the Bundesliga. Seconds later, he was on the scoreboard.

World

Soccer Giants Juventus Eye U.S. Market To Attract Fans And Grow Brand
Juventus, one of Europe's biggest soccer clubs, have identified the United States as a key market for global expansion.

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa: ‘I don’t need to go to watch a training session...to know how the opponent plays’ - Through It All Together
Marcelo Bielsa called an emergency press conference today and here is what he said

Marcelo Bielsa FULL TRANSCRIPT: All 3,000 words from Leeds manager's 70 minute press conference - Mirror Online
The Leeds United manager opened up - in depth - on his methods amid the ongoing 'Spygate' saga

10 year challenge: How have Messi, Pogba, Salah aged since 2009?
The #10yearchallenge is the week's big social media trend -- how have some of today's biggest football stars changed over the past decade?

Jose Mourinho gagged by Manchester United ahead of punditry appearance
Jose Mourinho will not be able to lift the lid on his Man United sacking when he returns to work as a pundit because of a non-disclosure deal.

AS Monaco vs. Nice - Football Match Report - January 16, 2019 - ESPN
Get a report of the AS Monaco vs. Nice 2018/19 French Ligue 1, Regular Season football match.

Solskjaer's arrival at Man United has led to more goals by in-form forwards
Former United striker Andy Cole has been impressed by several of the current squad's forwards since the change in management at Old Trafford.

Emery says Arsenal can sign only loan players ... and the reason should worry fans
You can trace Arsenal's financial difficulties back to last year when the club signed expensive players who've yet to live up to their price tags.

Reports: Chelsea edging closer to signing Higuain – ProSoccerTalk
Chelsea are reportedly on the verge of signing Gonzalo Higuain on-loan from Juventus, the first of many dominoes to fall this January.

Culture

Robot recreates the walk of a 290-million-year-old creature
WASHINGTON (AP) — How did the earliest land animals move? Scientists have used a nearly 300-million-year old fossil skeleton and preserved ancient footprints to create a moving robot model of prehistoric life. Evolutionary biologist John Nyakatura at Humboldt University in Berlin has spent years studying a 290-million-year-old fossil dug up in central Germany's Bromacker quarry in 2000. The four-legged plant-eater lived before the dinosaurs and fascinates scientists "because of its position on the tree of life," said Nyakatura. Researchers believe the creature is a "stem amniote" — an early land-dwelling animal that later evolved into modern mammals, birds and reptiles.