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MLS: Eastern Conference Semifinal-New York City at Columbus Crew Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Puget Sound soccer

New name coming for local youth soccer club - Lynnwood Today
Meet Sound FC

culture & news

Union Gap tamale shop wins culinary equivalent of an Oscar | king5.com
Owner-chef Felipe Hernandez makes the Northwest's best tamales and embodies the American dream.

Brewers: Shutdown means no new craft beer | TheHill
Brewers are warning that the ongoing partial government shutdown means no new craft beer releases.

'Star Trek': Patrick Stewart's Picard Series Reveals New Details | Hollywood Reporter
'Star Trek' boss Alex Kurtzman used a 34-page pitch to convince Patrick Stewart to return to play Jean-Luc Picard again.

MLS

With the first pick in the 2019 MLS Mock Draft - FC Cincinnati selects Tajon Buchanan from Syracuse — Neighborhood Play Podcast

Austin FC expected to be officially recognized as 27th MLS team at celebration
The confetti is locked and the champagne loaded. Austin FC leadership confirmed Tuesday that the team will host what has been termed a “Legendary Announcement” on Jan. 15.

Many deals discussed at MLS Combine, while league considers nixing event – The Athletic ($)
Homegrown signings, trades and more deals are being struck at the MLS Combine, even as the league discusses doing away with the event entirely.

NWSL and other women’s leagues

Jodie Taylor named in England Women's 28-player training squad for Qatar
England Women head coach Phil Neville has named a 28-player squad for the upcoming eight-day training camp in Qatar ahead of the four-team SheBelieves Cup in the US next month and the World Cup in France this summer.

Football's gender problem: from the pitch to the boardroom, women are still being blocked from the top jobs
Why are there so few women in the football boardroom?

7 Ways to Improve Coverage of Women’s Sports - Nieman Reports
The Seattle Times's coverage of Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm offers a model of consistency rarely seen in a legacy outlet's coverage of women's sports

Sources: Orlando Pride tab Birmingham City’s Marc Skinner as next head coach – Equalizer Soccer

USL and other lower level men’s leagues

The Lincoln Yards Stadium Proposal Is Dead - Hot Time In Old Town
Sterling Bay have withdrawn their proposal for a 20k seat soccer stadium after Ald. Hopkins pulled his support

United States national teams

Andi Sullivan added to USWNT January training camp - Stars and Stripes FC
Sullivan makes 27 players in Europe to start 2019.

World soccer

BREAKING: Mohamed Salah retains CAF player of the Year award
Egypt international Mohamed Salah has crowned a memorable 2018 year by collecting the CAF Player of the Year award for the second year in a row.

Franck Ribéry’s instagram post insulting your grandmother was the perfect start to 2019 - SBNation.com
Franck Ribéry stepped into a fresh new year and loudly and immediately fouled it up.

How Tom Byer is changing youth development - EIF Soccer
The way we think about youth development in football is fundamentally flawed. Thanks to coach Tom Byer, we now know how to properly develop superstars.

Athletic Bilbao Is Flush With Cash and Facing Relegation - The New York Times
Bilbao remains loyal to its mission to field only Basque players. After losing stars to bigger clubs, it has a lot of money, but needs wins.