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Writing about sports is never about just sports. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the sports happenings from this weekend. RIP Deadspin.

MLS Cup Hype

Who would know better than the people who wrote about Vela every week? How the Seattle Sounders contained Carlos Vela - Angels on Parade
The strategy was incredibly simple, and effective.

There will probably always be some debate about the value of stats and data-based analytics, but the best analysis is done when the data is used to contextualize what we see. Seattle Sounders vs FC Dallas: A case study on using data to prepare to administer the eye test | StatsBomb
Interesting stuff.

Another hero from the LAFC game should be there for the MLS Cup Final. Seattle Sounders connect with diehard fan whose rave green celebration stood out in L.A. and online – GeekWire

Jayda Evans gets a sense of the mood as the Sounders prepare for the final. Sounders going back to work with MLS Cup looming next Sunday at home | The Seattle Times
The Sounders return to the practice field for the first time since their epic upset of LAFC in Los Angeles.

Hopefully you’ve got your tickets, because all of the ones available have been bought up. Sounders FC announces CenturyLink Field sellout for November 10 MLS Cup Final against Toronto FC | Seattle Sounders FC
SEATTLE, WASH. – Seattle Sounders FC today announced that the club’s MLS Cup Final match on November 10 against Toronto FC at CenturyLink Field has officially sold out.

Seattle has a chance to win a league championship in front of their home fans for the first time in their time in MLS. Seattle Sounders thrilled with opportunity to host MLS Cup on home turf | Seattle Sounders FC
For the first time in club history, the Seattle Sounders will be competing for an MLS Cup at CenturyLink Field.

Honestly, I’m a little tired of seeing Toronto in the final, but it would sure be nice to get a little revenge. Seattle Sounders host familiar foe Toronto FC in MLS Cup at CenturyLink Field | Seattle Sounders FC
For the third time in the past four seasons, the Seattle Sounders will face Toronto FC in MLS Cup. This time it’s on our turf, with both of the previous meetings held at BMO Field in Toronto.

When Joe Mondello writes, especially about tactics, it’s always worth your time. Especially when he’s writing about how the Sounders shut down a historic offense. Clutch performances from Seattle's midfield, outside backs key to Sounders advancing to MLS Cup | Seattle Sounders FC
For the third time in four seasons, the Seattle Sounders have advanced to MLS Cup. This time, they’ll be hosting their Eastern Conference rival, Toronto FC, in front of a sold-out crowd at CenturyLink Field. How did the Sounders get here?

Seattle/Tacoma/Washington

UW comes in at number 3. Georgetown tops DI men’s soccer committee's top 16 reveal | NCAA.com
The DI Men's Soccer Committee has revealed their top 16 teams ahead of the post-season.

Did you really need another reason to buy one? R Hat R City - We R Tacoma
This November, $5 from every Tacoma Rainiers hat sold will support a Tacoma youth solar project through an initiative called R Hat R City.

The partnership includes some community programs and renaming the CenturyLink Field North Plaza the Muckleshoot Plaza, among other things. Seahawks Announce 10-Year Partnership with Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
The Seattle Seahawks announced a new 10-year partnership with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. In honor of the partnership, the Muckleshoot Tribe hosted Seahawks executives, Legend Walter Jones and Blitz, for a special celebration event...

They probably shouldn’t have had to pay, in my opinion, but I’m glad that it belongs to them again. Washington Tribe Buying Iconic Snoqualmie Falls for $125 Million
The purchase will represent the single largest conservation deal in the history of the Pacific Northwest.

No longer will the team just be the “Seattle NHL Team.” NHL’s Seattle franchise to announce team name before all-star game - Sportsnet.ca
The next stage for the ownership group bringing an expansion franchise to Seattle is to decide on a name; the group intends to make an announcement on what it will be before this year's all-star game in January.

MLS

Oscar Pareja is rumored to be a target for Orlando, but no real movement on any of the coaching jobs available. MLS coaching vacancies update: Tab Ramos in at Houston, but quiet on most fronts | MLSsoccer.com

No teams have been specifically named, but someone in MLS is after the 26 year-old Colombian. Juan Fernando Quintero would leave River in December to go to MLS | Antenna 2
El mediocampista colombiano está en el radar de grandes clubes del fútbol internacional.

Well, at least they just lost the game and Martinez didn’t further damage his hamstring. De Boer reveals Josef Martinez was carrying an injury: "I would make the decision again" | MLSsoccer.com
Josef Martinez struggled in Atlanta United's final game of 2019, and head coach Frank de Boer revealed it was because he was injured

USL/CPL

This is a pretty good bit, I’ve got to give it to them. CPL Fans Are Lifting Microwave Dishes Like They're Lifting The North Star Shield - Northern Tribune

They’re pretty interesting looking, and it’s a really cool idea. Canadian Premier League Individual Awards Revealed - Northern Tribune

Phoenix’s historic season ends short of the conference final, courtesy of the Utah side. Monarchs Bring Curtain Down on Rising FC’s Season

Next stop: conference finals for El Paso. Locomotive FC Rolls Past Republic FC Into Western Final

Looks like none of the future MLS teams will be lifting a league trophy this year.Pasher Lifts Eleven Past Nashville, Into Eastern Final

Pittsburgh Riverhouns may have used up too many of their goals in that 7-0 win. DelPiccolo's Header Sends LouCity Back to East Final

Forge FC will now and forever be the first CPL Champions. Recap: Forge FC shuts out Cavalry FC to win first ever CanPL Finals - Waking The Red
Despite a Cavalry onslaught, Forge win the first North Star Shield

The name and the crest are good, but the explanation is really trying too hard. San Diego Loyal SC Announced as USL Championship Club’s Name

NWSL

This is really cool, and hopefully DC shows up for the Spirit the way that they did when the team played at Audi Field this year. Washington Spirit plans to play four games at Audi Field next year, seven in 2021 - The Washington Post
Under the plan, the Spirit would receive office space and a permanent locker room at Audi Field.

It’s kind of hilarious that one of the arguably best players in the world isn’t eligible because of the allocation rules. The international player NWSL allocation money dream wish list - All For XI
It’s just a high level international contract Michael, what could they cost, $10?

The title says it all. Ep. 58: Don't Be a Chump. Support Women's Soccer. — An Educated Guess

There’s still plenty of work to be done to give the league the respect that the players have earned. NWSL wishlist: Seven things to improve the league in 2020 and beyond – The Athletic
Friday's announcement of new compensation guidelines are a step in the right direction, but there is more the league can do to improve

The changes might not be as big or sweeping as some of us would have liked, but they’re definitely a step in the right direction. NWSL institutes new financial rules - All For XI
The "Sam Kerr" rule?

USA

Under Vlatko, the USWNT is in the best hands possible. Interview: U.S. Women’s National Team coach Vlatko Andonovski - The Blue Testament
"We have to evolve as a team and follow the trends and not just follow the trends, at certain times we have to be the trend setters. We want to be the ones that are going to lead those trends and have everyone else follow us." - Vlatko Andonovski

Of the options, I’m probably the MLS Fan Boy. Which one are you? US Soccer Fan Stereotypes - HalfSpaces
Poking fun at US soccer fans and the factions we split into USA soccer football

The case made is pretty strong, but Rapinoe absolutely deserves a better candy than Laffy Taffy. What if National Team Players were Halloween Candy? - Stars and Stripes FC
I hope you guys had a happy Halloween. To celebrate the passing of the holiday, let’s have some fun and talk about candy and the national team players at the same time.

It was NOT a good tournament for the US. USMNT U-17s ousted from World Cup following Netherlands loss | SBI Soccer
The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team was eliminated from the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup on Saturday. Raphael Wicky's side were shutout 4-0 by the Netherlands in Goiania, Brazil, ending its World Cup schedule. https://youtu.

I’m not totally sure that the USMNT is or should be interested in Timmy. Back from injury layoff, Tim Chandler is open to USMNT return | SBI Soccer
FRANKFURT, Germany — Timmy Chandler's big smile said it all on Saturday.

World

Join the club, my dude. Bundesliga CEO “disappointed” by Fox Sports coverage in US | SportBusiness
Following the completion of Bundesliga’s new media rights deal with ESPN in the United States, which begins in 2020, the German league’s chief executive…

Whether Son’s foul was worthy of a yellow or a red is probably the least important thing surrounding the Gomes injury. Premier League says Son red card was for “endangering a player’s safety” - Cartilage Free Captain
The decision was not reviewed by VAR.

Sam Kerr can pretty much go where ever she wants to as she exits Chicago. Where to next for Sam Kerr? Let us make wild guesses - All For XI
Sam Kerr does Europe.

A team unlike any other in the world playing in the Championship. Lewes FC, the fan-owned behemoth - All For XI
The Conti Cup is about to have one of its biggest mismatches both on and off the pitch

#WengerIn? Emery has produced a culture of mediocrity at Arsenal. He must go now. - The Short Fuse
Arsenal’s performance in the 1-1 draw wasn’t too bad. That’s the problem.

I hate to admit it, but Chelsea are actually kind of fun to watch right now. Apologies to all of my LFC fan friends. Jorginho and Abraham planned out goal against Watford in training - We Ain't Got No History
Practice makes perfect

Culture

It’s happening! Diablo IV announced at BlizzCon 2019 - The Verge
At BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard finally officially unveiled Diablo 4, the latest in the demon-hunting action RPG series, and the first since Diablo 3 in 2012. It’ll be coming to the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Deadspin is dead. Long live Deadspin. Deadspin, the limits of ‘sticking to sport’ and why we should never just shut up and consume | The Independent
Over the last couple of years, this column has attempted – and, it has to be said, largely failed – to grasp a multitude of issues and causes that extravagantly violate its own humble sporting remit.