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It’s a good time to be a fan of soccer in the Puget Sound

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The Sounders are still rolling in the playoffs, but Reign FC are looking back on what now has to be seen as a successful season having fallen to the eventual champions. MLS, NWSL and USL playoffs have been full of excitement and exciting match-ups, with more to come from the men’s leagues. Pulisic finally scored, and the US U-17s had a very bad day in Brazil.

Seattle/Tacoma

A slight name change and a move down I-5 has helped Reign FC to find a welcoming new community. Tacoma’s embrace of the team has offered them a new lease on life. A new Reign begins: Women’s soccer makes itself a home in Tacoma | Crosscut

He may not have reached the final or dominated the league the way that some other managers did, but I don’t think anyone deserved the award nearly as much as Vlatko Andonovski did. A well-earned award to commemorate his time here. Vlatko Andonovski Named NWSL Coach of the Year — REIGN FC: THE BOLD

Balcer, Barnes, and Yanez all received recognition for their contributions to the team this season. Reign FC Announces Club Awards — REIGN FC: THE BOLD

I think we probably need a name for the particular transformation that seems to happen when Lodeiro gets into the playoffs. Nico Mode?Nicolás Lodeiro continues to thrive in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs | Seattle Sounders FC
Nicolás Lodeiro was built for the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.

The women’s team is playing well, and preparing for a lengthy home stand to end their Pac-12 play for this season. Huskies Win 2-0 In Battle For Second Place In Pac-12 - University of Washington Athletics

Not to be outdone by their counterparts, the men’s team has taken a dominant hold on the top of the Pac-12 standings. Things are going well on Montlake. No. 1 Huskies Run Win-Streak to 10 With 3-0 Victory at SDSU - University of Washington Athletics

They’ve both been around for a while, and their teams have played well throughout their time in charge. Meet the coaches behind powerhouse soccer programs Washington and Seattle U | The Seattle Times
Seattle U and UW soccer are coexisting and thriving, in large part due to their coaches, whose backgrounds couldn’t be more different, and because of a local talent pool that...

MLS/USL

It’s been far from smooth sailing for the Miami Fighting Beckhams, and there doesn’t seem to be any improvement on the horizon. Don Garber doesn’t seem pleased with the situation he’s gotten himself into. MLS commissioner Garber calls delays in Beckham Miami project 'frustrating'
MLS commissioner Don Garber called the ongoing delays in Inter Miami's stadium proposal 'frustrating' ahead of two resolutions on the city's agenda.

I’m sure that Tab Ramos is exactly what Houston needs to turn things around. As a youth national team coach he’s been, well, successful is a word. Tab Ramos named the head coach of the Houston Dynamo - Dynamo Theory
Ramos has been managing the United Stated U-20 team since 2011.

I would think that maybe the lack of success he’s had at every stop he’s made since leaving Salt Lake would put them off of him, but what do I know? Is Jason Kreis coming home? The Athletic reports he’s set for interview - RSL Soapbox
The former RSL coach has been given the OK to interview at RSL.

Winning 7-0 is nice. Winning 7-0 in the playoffs is very nice. Hounds roll past Birmingham in record-setting performance, 7-0

The plot continues to thicken. We’re basically at stiff peaks right now, but a few more reveals and we’ll be making butter. Mike Petke Lawsuit Against Real Salt Lake Amended to Add Don Garber, MLS as Defendants – Socceresq
The already-nasty lawsuit involving Real Salt Lake and their former coach Mike Petke--fired in a controversial manner after a two week suspension, has taken yet another turn...

Let the past die. Changing of the guard? For first time ever, no founding MLS clubs in Conference Finals | MLSsoccer.com
It took 24 years, but the old guard of Major League Soccer are excluded from the Conference Finals stage of the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time ever.

None of my favorite players are Argentinian, they’re Uruguayan and El Salvadorian-Guatemalan-American, but I get their point. Why all of your favorite MLS stars are Argentinian | Francisco Navas | Football | The Guardian
Economic crisis has made Major League Soccer a new paradise for Argentinian footballers to settle and expand their careers

Richey’s a Washington guy, and I hope he gets an opportunity to escape the disaster that is FC Cincinnati, so this is a cool opportunity. FC Cincinnati GK Spencer Richey to train at Crystal Palace | MLSsoccer.com
FC Cincinnati announce GK Spencer Richey will go on an offseason training stint at Premier League side Crystal Palace

Primed for a leap: 18 USL players that should be on the radar of MLS clubs – The Athletic
With the USL and MLS seasons nearing their end, these players may soon be rising up a division.

Look, this is here because some people will want to read it, and some of the looks at non-Sounders match-ups are interesting, but the Sounders stuff is actual garbage. Click at your own risk, and have something you can squeeze handy. Which teams will go to MLS Cup 2019? Your guide to the potential matchups | MLSsoccer.com
And then there were four.

The playoffs are rolling in USL, and there’s still plenty to watch. 2019 USL Championship Playoffs: How to watch and stream Conference Semis | MLSsoccer.com
Future MLS expansion sides Nashville SC and Sacramento Republic FC were among the eight clubs to advance to their respective Conference Semifinals as the USL Championship Playoffs saw a few upsets sprung on Saturday night.

NWSL

The former Boston Breakers player discusses the realities of playing professional soccer for $12,000 a year. I was a pro in the NWSL, but felt like a part-time worker. | Crosscut
Reign Academy coach Stephanie Verdoia shares experience as a former player.

This win seemed inevitable, but it also made me feel a bit better about Reign FC taking them to extra time. North Carolina Courage crowned NWSL champions again - All For XI
It was an overwhelmingly dominant performance against an underdog team.

The future is potentially bright, but there are still hurdles the league is going to have to clear in the near future. The state of the NWSL: In transition, but worth some (guarded) optimism – The Athletic
After a 2019 season that saw partnerships severed and new ones arise, the U.S.'s top women's league faces a promising new frontier

She’s had a long, successful season, and now she’s earned some rest. Crystal Dunn is tired y’all - All For XI
It’s been a long, draining season and Dunn is ready for that honeymoon.

Women’s soccer deserves increased financial investment and improved infrastructure, and MLS involvement could be a path to both for NWSL. MLS clubs' interest in NWSL continues to grow behind the scenes | MLSsoccer.com
It’s not a coincidence that MLS-backed NWSL sides have played a major role in driving the league forward. Here's how.

USA

Vlatko’s scouting and recruiting prowess may pay almost immediate dividends for the USWNT. Sources: Vlatko Andonovski to call up PSG defender Alana Cook for USWNT - Sports Illustrated
According to sources, the soon-to-be-named USWNT head coach could be focusing more on Europe, including American English national Alana Cook.

Danny Leyva started and all three Sounders players saw the field as the US U17s got absolutely destroyed in the second half against Senegal. USA vs. Senegal, U-17 World Cup: Senegal smokes the U-17s 4-1 - Stars and Stripes FC
A drubbing in Brazil

Apples and Oranges and all that, but it would be neat if Pulisic played this well when he plays for the US. USMNT News: Pulisic hat trick delights Lampard
Christian Pulisic's hat trick thrilled his manager and makes it tough to keep him out of the team right now.

World

I think this is probably a good step towards improving the quality of play, and maybe helping the Dutch and Belgian teams when it comes time to Champions League. Dutch and Belgian top flight set to merge to form 'super league'
After years of talk, a new combined division consisting of teams from Netherlands and Belgium appears to have moved a step closer.

Racism touches every level of the game and there’s not value in ignoring it. This is racism in English football. This is not a short piece. But it’s an important one. – The Athletic
The Athletic speaks to those affected up and down the country and finds hurt and anger across the game...

Things seemed to have started will for Almiron when he first arrived at Newcastle, but this season certainly hasn’t been good enough. Miguel Almiron at Newcastle United: What's gone wrong? | MLSsoccer.com
A star at Atlanta United and a record outgoing transfer for MLS in January, what's gone wrong for Miguel Almiron at Newcastle United.

Liverpool sit atop the table with six points separating them and Manchester City after their win against Tottenham. Will they be able to hold onto that lead? Digging Deeper Into Liverpool’s 2-1 Win Over Tottenham Hotspur - The Liverpool Offside
We we take a closer look at some of the whys and hows of the match as the Reds took all the points against Spurs

Culture

If you like fun and frights and also various nerdery, consider swinging by Mox if you’re in the neighborhood on Halloween. Spooooooky Nerdy Halloween - Mox Boarding House

Lots of the people you probably know from the internet are playing video games for a good cause. Consider supporting them! Extra Life | Play Games. Heal Kids.
Likkit is part of Cascadia Gamers

What’s on TV today?

Four U-17 World Cup games are on with two starting at 1:00 PM and two at 4:00 PM - Fox Sports Go

11:00 AM - Djurgarden vs. Orebro (Allsvenskan) - ESPN+

12:45 PM - Queens Park Rangers vs. Brentford (Championship) - ESPN+