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Major Link Soccer: Carlos Vela could be headed to Barcelona

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The Catalan team are reportedly interested in borrowing the striker for the rest of the season. Also, Reddit Soccer Streams is shut down, and Australia’s WNT coach is fired.

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Seattle

Puget Sound FC reveals coaches, connection to Mexico’s Club America – Western Washington Premier League
PSFC has developed a scouting/development relationship with Mexican giants Club America.

Sigi Schmid: A Coach, A Teacher, A Gentleman, A Friend - U.S. Soccer
Touching tributes poured in on social media from all corners of the soccer community as news spread that Hall of Fame coach Sigi Schmid had passed away on Christmas Day 2018. And amid the sadness shared by so many who knew him, the messages also provided the rest of us a glimpse into the kind of man that Sigi was and reminded everyone of the influence Sigi had on the American soccer landscape.

Seattle Sounders signs Gambian young defender Modou Ndow - The Point Newspaper, Banjul, The Gambia
Local coverage of an S2 signing.

News & culture

Hey You! Yes You! Massive Report is looking for contributors - Massive Report
Do you want to cover the Crew? Then we want to speak with you.

Debut UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ is a Record-Setting Night - ESPN MediaZone U.S.

Penny Arcade partners with Wizards of the Coast to publish official ‘Acquisitions Incorporated Dungeon Manual’ – GeekWire
Penny Arcade, the Seattle-based webcomic that spawned the popular PAX video game conventions, is partnering with Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast to release an official Acquisitions Incorporated Dungeon Manual, the first official third-party D&D book.

KUOW - Seattleites and the problem with over-recycling
A revealing tour of a local recycling plant.

52 Places to Go in 2019 - The New York Times
Orcas Island makes the list.

Ways to celebrate MLK Day around Puget Sound | king5.com
Here's where to find an event in Western Washington to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

beIN SPORTS acquires rights to Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana - World Soccer Talk
beIN SPORTS has acquired the the English- and Spanish-language rights to broadcast CONMEBOL's Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana tournaments in the United States for the next four years.

Reddit Soccer Streams forum closes: Football streaming 'ceases all user related activity' over links to illegal sites | The Independent
A popular Reddit forum where fans posted links to live streams of football matches has effectively been shut down after a warning over copyright infringement. Moderators of r/soccerstreams, which had 425,000 subscribers, said they had been forced to “cease all user related activity” after the social news website threatened a ban.

Major League Soccer

Reports: Leonardo Jara to D.C. United done - Black And Red United
Argentine press says the loan to buy move is sealed.

Momentum appears to be gathering for Carlos Vela to Barcelona - Angels on Parade
Latest talk is star will go on loan to Catalan giant.

Carlos Vela happy at LAFC refuses to rule out move to Barcelona
Carlos Vela has told ESPN that he is "happy" at LAFC, but refused to expand on whether he could be headed to Barcelona.

Valverde Responds To De Jong And Vela Links
Ernesto Valverde responded to media questions about reports linking Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong and LAFC’s Carlos Vela to Barcelona

Toronto FC feeling confident ahead of 2019 SCCL
There is no doubt that the 2018 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Final will be remembered for the 180 minutes of exciting football waged by Toronto FC and Chivas.

NWSL and women’s International soccer

How routine review spiralled out of control and cost Stajcic his job
Review into the welfare of Matildas players revealed a culture of fear, bullying and poor welfare.

Matildas boss axed over 'culture' issues - FTBL | The home of football in Australia - The Women's Game - For the love of the game
Football Federation Australia have sacked coach Alen Stajcic after players and coaching staff alleged "workplace culture" issues, just months before the Matildas will compete in the Women's World Cup.

Soccer star Samantha Kerr gagged by Football Federation Australia after coach sacked | PerthNow
Soccer superstar Sam Kerr was gagged by the FFA after the shock sacking of Matildas coach Alen Stajcic threw the national side into disarray just months out from the women’s World Cup.

Lower leagues

ARLIA: Phoenix Ready to Rise out of Drogba’s Shadow
Didier Drogba will not return to the field for Pheonix this year.

United States

Bill Hamid frustrated to not be in January camp, still wants USMNT future | MLSsoccer.com

USA looks rusty in 3-1 away loss to France - Stars and Stripes FC
The United States looked like they were always playing catch up to France.

Tim Weah opens his goal scoring account for Celtic - Stars and Stripes FC
Comes on as a substitute and scores in his debut!

World

Vietnam surprised Jordan, China goes through — BabaGol
Vietnam made a huge surprise after they beat Jordan by penalty shootout and qualified for the Asian Cup quarter final. China made a comeback against Thailand and booked a spot at the next round.

AFCON U-20: Aigbogun Decamps 20 | Independent Newspapers Nigeria
Ibrahim Usman continues to look like he will be at the AFCON U20s.