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Seattle

Main Spotlight: Craft Beverages and Main Street in Washington State

The Undefeatables: Washington’s unlikely blue-collar soccer dynasty – The Athletic ($)
Federal Way is not fertile ground within which to plant the seeds of a sports dynasty, but a group of close-knit boys took their community on a four-year ride they would never forget.

MLS/US Lower Leagues

Beckham’s Inter Miami MLS team may train at Lockhart | Miami Herald
David Beckham’s Inter Miami MLS team proposed a training site and academy at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, former home of the Miami Fusion and Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Sporting KC trades Ike Opara to Minnesota | The Kansas City Star
Sporting Kansas City traded defender Ike Opara to Minnesota United in exchange for allocation money. Opara spent six seasons in KC.

Your Guide to Every Soccer Lawsuit in the United States (and Beyond)
Writing about soccer litigation seems like a full-time job these days. Every time one case gets resolved (SaveTheCrew), another one pops up in its place (Chicago Fire). Some cases have gotten more coverage than others, but they're all interesting in their own way.

Lower League America: Chattanooga FC Fan Ownership with Sheldon Grizzle | Soc Takes
Chattanooga FC president Sheldon Grizzle joined Jason Davis and Nipun Chopra to discuss the team's recent decision to open the club up to fan ownership.

US Women’s Soccer

The National Team: The Inside Story of the Women Who Dreamed Big, Defied the Odds, and Changed Soccer: Caitlin Murray: 9781419734496: Amazon.com: Books

Shout-Outs: Women in Sports Photography We Admire | Libris Blog
A few weeks ago, my team spotted an Instagram post that stopped us in our tracks. After the Carolina Panthers’ last game of the season, team photographer Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez took a moment to share her gratitude for the other women shooting alongside her on the field.

USMNT

FloSports Signs Deal For New Int'l Concacaf Tournament
A streaming service no one owns will carry a tournament no one understands. What could go wrong?

USMNT vs. Panama: Berhalter steals concept from Guardiola in debut
Gregg Berhalter came out with a tactical plan the likes of which USMNT fans have not seen in a long time ...if ever.

Armchair Analyst: An initial look at Berhalter's unusual tactical system | MLSsoccer.com

Josh Sargent is unlike any player in USMNT history - SBNation.com
At 18 years old, Josh Sargent may be the most complete American striker ever. It’s time to start believing the hype.

USA vs. Panama: What we learned - Stars and Stripes FC
The USMNT came roaring into the Berhalter era with a solid 3-0 thumping of a weakened Panama side.

World

Carlos Queiroz resigned from Iran and is shaping up to be Colombia's new coach (Spanish)
El seleccionado iraní fue eliminado en las semifinales de la Copa de Asia por su similar de Japón.

German Soccer Recalls Jewish Fans Killed In Holocaust – The Forward
In Germany, soccer clubs do anti-racism education. One Berlin club received an award for researching two Jewish fans killed in the Holocaust.

Culture

What is the Powerful Shaggy meme?: an investigation - Polygon
The meme that is everywhere on Twitter, Reddit, and Tumblr started with the live-action Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur remixed with Dragon Ball in 2017. Over time, the idea of powerful Shaggy grew and grew until it was suddenly everywhere — and endorsed by Shaggy’s actor since 2002, Matthew Lillard.