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MLS: Seattle Sounders at Atlanta United FC
If things go right Seattle fans won’t have to put up with this anymore.
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Puget Sound soccer

Hope Solo to headline Oz football festival - The Women's Game - For the love of the game
The former Reign/Sounders Women keeper is on the speaking circuit.

culture & news

Chris Cornell Tribute Concert: Setlist + Video | Music News | Consequence of Sound
The life and legacy of Chris Cornell was celebrated with an all-star tribute taking place at Los Angeles' Forum on Wednesday night. "I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" featured nearly five hour's worth of performances, including sets by Cornell's former bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, plus such acts as Foo Fighters, Metallica, and more.

Deborah Ann Woll and Joe Manganiello talk about acting, roleplaying, and D&D’s unique form of storytelling – Boing Boing
I really enjoyed these two interviews on the D&D Beyond channel with actors Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood, Daredevil) and Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Justice League, Magic Mike), both D&D fanatics.

Cassius Marsh explains how Magic: The Gathering sharpens his mind
Cassius Marsh is not just an athlete, he's also a nerd. He plays Magic: The Gathering, the most popular trading card game of all time with a user base of 20 million players.

MLS

MLS Hot Stove: Will Almiron leave Atlanta? Is Vela going to Barca? What's next for Gio in LA?
Atlanta might have a Designated Player problem if one of their stars doesn't complete a move to England, while two Mexico stars are in limbo in LA.

Report: Boca Juniors right back Leonardo Jara moving to D.C. United - Black And Red United
That pesky right back problem might be solved

America, interested in NY Red Bulls player
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Comparing 2019 Season Ticket Prices Across MLS - Big D Soccer
Who’s got the best deals in the league?

DC United In Talks With Top Developers For $200M Mixed-Use Project Next To Audi Field
At least four developers who have completed major projects in the region are competing to build on a 1.6-acre site next to the new Buzzard Point stadium.

Austin FC: Anthony Precourt gets his MLS wish–now he must deliver | SI.com
Anthony Precourt's MLS franchise in Austin will be fully independent of the Columbus Crew, and it's on him and his team to deliver a successful product with the fresh start in a destination they've longed to make their home.

McKalla's Explosive Past: The History Of Austin's New Major League Soccer Stadium Site | KUT
“Mowing the lawn often meant small smoke puffs and sometimes maybe a small fire, though nothing a hose couldn’t handle, he said.”

USL and other lower men’s leagues

Schweitzer Re-Signs with Switchbacks
Sounders Academy product and former HGP returns to Colorado Springs.

United States national teams

As US U-20s prep for World Cup, Ramos talks MLS minutes and call-up conflicts – The Athletic ($)
Despite Ramos' success with the U-20s, tensions persist between himself and some players' MLS homes.

Eighty Players Called in for YNT U-14 TID West Regional Mini-Camp - U.S. Soccer
U.S. Soccer has announced the 80 players that will gather in Carson, Calif. for the Youth National Teams Under-14 Talent Identification West Regional Mini-Camp from Jan. 17 to 21 at Dignity Health Sports Park. It’s the first of three YNT U-14 TID Regional Identification Mini-Camps that mark the beginning of U.S. Soccer’s new YNT U-14 TID Program.

World soccer

Short Pants and Long Sleeves: China’s Soccer Team Plays Under Tattoo Ban - The New York Times
It’s hot at the Asian Cup in Abu Dhabi, but some of China’s players are wearing long sleeves because of a rule barring visible tattoos in matches.

Ahmed Hussein-Suale: Ghana journalist shot dead - BBC News
Undercover journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale worked on several reports that were broadcast by the BBC.

Can Liga MX and El Tri both thrive? - FMF State Of Mind
It almost seems like there can never be success at the Liga MX and Mexico National Team front

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic on shaky ground ahead of Women's World Cup - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Australia's preparation for the Women's World Cup, starting in June, is set for a major shake-up with a Football Federation Australia press conference on Saturday expected to spell the end for coach Alen Stajcic.