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Megan Rapinoe gets the GQ treatment. Rumor SZN is in full effect in MLS, with plenty of teams looking to Mexico and South America to bolster their squads. Schmetzer does a podcast, and Landon Donovan is ready to start his coaching career.

Seattle/Tacoma

The Seattle Sounders star is a regular with the Peru national team, even though he’s not often on the score sheet. It’s not hard to understand why. Raúl Ruidíaz: "It matters to me that the national team takes a win, not if I score" | INTERVIEW | VIDEO Selection | The Peru Commerce
El delantero de Seattle Sounders, Raúl Ruidíaz, analiza con El Comercio la obtención del título de la MLS y su presente en la selección. También recordó su pasado con Universitario

In addition to the remarkable feature, Rapinoe also did a round of GQ’s video series covering the 10 things she can’t live without. It turns out we wear the same fragrance: Santal 33 from Le Labo. Megan Rapinoe GQ Profile: The Righteous Arrival of an American Superhero | GQ
In one summer, the soccer star went toe to toe with the president, achieved World Cup glory, and became a part of something bigger.

It’s not Schmetzer’s job to make sure the national media understands what he’s doing. It’s his job to make sure the team is set up to win. Schmetzer: If you can't figure out how Sounders win, it's "not my problem" | MLSsoccer.com
In a wide-ranging discussion on a recent podcast, Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer discusses lessons learned, finding respect and preparing for Champions League.

The Cougs are on a great run right now, and advanced on a great defender goal. NCAA College Cup: WSU books ticket with OT win over South Carolina - CougCenter
Washington State continued its magical tournament run with an overtime winner.

UW absolutely waxed their opponent with an assist from Sounders Academy player John Magnus. They face No. 3 seed Georgetown and fellow Sounders product Paul Rothrock in the next round. Huskies Cruise Past No. 11 Marshall 4-1 to Reach NCAA Quarterfinals - University of Washington Athletics

MLS/USL

I hope we don’t see a work stoppage, because I hope the players can get what they want without one. That said, I will fully support them if there is a stoppage. MLS CBA: Will there be a work stoppage? And what do the league and players want?

If they’d given the opportunity to a local firm, it’s easy to see how much better the new Chicago crest could have been. Identity Sketches for the Chicago Fire – M.Willis

Do LAFC really need two Brians from Uruguay? I say no, but I’m not an expert, and I also don’t want them to get any better. LAFC ofreció 12 millones de dólares por Brian Lozano - AS USA
El conjunto de LAFC hizo una oferta para llevarse al seleccionado uruguayo, Brian Lozano, que ha tenido una gran temporada con Santos Laguna de la Liga MX.

A Peruvian attacker may be on his way to MLS from the same club that Raúl Ruidíaz came up at. Where will he go? Will Alejandro Hohberg leave University to get to MLS?

I’m sure that Minnesota will do a great job of replacing Mannone if he does end up leaving. They’ve got a great track record when it comes to player signings. Report: Vito Mannone "expecting a call from Serie A" | MLSsoccer.com
Vito Mannone describes his first season at Minnesota United as “an incredible show,” but the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year isn’t so sure 2020 will be a repeat, entertaining a return to his homeland.

I’d be pretty surprised to see Macias come to MLS, but the mention of a possible agreement should an offer from Europe come in does make it seem more likely. Report: Rising Mexican star Juan Jose Macias considering offer from MLS club | MLSsoccer.com
One of Mexico’s brightest young attacking talents is considering an offer from MLS, according to a new report from ESPN Mexico.

Doyle seems to think the Sounders should take another run at Derlis Gonzalez. That’s...certainly an option, and maybe yet another change of scenery is what he needs. Armchair Analyst: At the top of the shopping list for each MLS team | MLSsoccer.com
Who should be on the shopping list for each MLS team this offseason?

No Sounders make the list, but there is a potential Timbers homegrown player balling out at UW. College Homegrown prospects: Who might MLS teams sign from NCAA game? | MLSsoccer.com
The NCAA soccer season is coming to a close and some of the top MLS academy alumni, a Homegrown offer may come soon. Here’s 10 candidates.

Maldonado is a young CB who’s on the shorter side. He looks like an actual baby in pictures of him. Reports: Nashville SC signing young Honduras international defender Denil Maldonado | MLSsoccer.com
TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Reports Nashville SC are moving to sign young Honduran defender Denil Maldonado, according to reports out of that country.

Pulido could be headed to join former Chivas manager Matias Almeyda in what would be a huge signing for San Jose and the league. Alan Pulido hints at move to Major League Soccer
Liga MX 2019 Apertura top scorer Alan Pulido feels his time at Chivas is up and has admitted his next destination is likely MLS.

Kyle Beckerman is still remarkably easy to hate, but this does make him slightly less so. RSL player Kyle Beckerman and a Diné photographer help Navajo Nation homes in Utah get electricity for the first time - The Salt Lake Tribune

There’s finally an actual team linked with Jara. It looks like Minnesota United are the team after the Argentine. They offer Jara to go to Talleres de Córdoba
El goleador histórico tuzo Franco Jara se encuentra cada vez más lejos de la Bella Airosa.Según versiones en Argentina, fue ofrecido al Talleres de Córdoba

It will definitely be interesting to see LD coaching. I hope that Tacoma Defiance give him many, many bad days on the job. Landon Donovan on coaching, and why he won't tell his team to play like Barcelona | MLSsoccer.com
Landon Donovan talks about why he decided to take the plunge as head coach of USL Championship side San Diego Loyal and his objectives for the project.

USA

How about our guy, Jordan Morris? Evaluating the 2019 US Soccer Male Player of the Year nominees | Greg Seltzer | MLSsoccer.com
With the finalists named for the US Soccer Male Player of the Year award, columnist Greg Seltzer looks at the case for each player

There’s nothing wrong with expensive street wear, but the problem comes in when you portray your luxury clothing brand as a means of inclusion or resistance when the prices make it inaccessible to so many of the people you are claiming to include. Re-inc uses inclusive language for exclusive products - All For XI
They talk about "community" - but whose community?

It’s always good to start your week with a good cry. If you haven’t had yours already, I strongly recommend this piece. Press Forward: How watching a grieving genius play soccer helped an Autism Dad grapple with his brokenness | TYAC
As a longtime American soccer writer, I've seen athletes do extraordinary things. But watching a grieving Christen Press play the best soccer of her life in

Strangely there isn’t even one mention of any of the times that the Sounders killed soccer. The 2010s: The 10 most important moments of the decade in U.S. soccer – The Athletic
Our staff determines the 10 moments that shaped the decade of soccer in the United States, whether on the field or off of it

There are too many Timbers jerseys included in this list for me to respect it, but even still the New England number from 2015 is embarrassingly bad. The 2010s: Staff picks for the best American soccer kits of the decade – The Athletic
From the "Waldo" to "Full Mingo," American soccer saw some truly memorable kits during the 2010s

World

They’re not out yet, but they’ve been overtaken in the standings by El Salvador. Canada stumbles for CONCACAF hexagonal qualifying berth - Sportsnet.ca
Canada has dropped out of the top six among CONCACAF nations in the FIFA rankings following a loss to the United States, putting the Canadians on track to miss the six-team group that will determine three direct World Cup berths in the North and Central American and Caribbean region.

Emery’s time in charge has ended, and Sounders Legend Freddie Ljungberg has taken over. Arsenal sack Unai Emery: Manager leaves after 18 months in charge - BBC Sport
Arsenal sack manager Unai Emery after picking up just four Premier League wins this season.

Look, just boink the ball off of the big guy’s head, but preferably don’t also have your ‘keeper get sent off. That’s how I’d win games if I were Liverpool. Digging Deeper Into Liverpool’s 2-1 Win Over Brighton & Hove Albion - 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 Brighton & Hove Albion

It’s the joy that makes the pain all the more bitter. Dele drives Mourinho’s Spurs past Bournemouth – ProSoccerTalk
Sissoko made it 3-0 with a sexy leaping back post volley of Son's cross in the 69th minute.

I look forward to seeing what happens with Rooney in charge of Derby County. Wayne Rooney begins player-coach stint at Derby County – ProSoccerTalk
Wayne Rooney was given a rousing reception before taking his place among Derby County’s coaching staff for the first time.

You absolutely love to see literally anyone that’s not Bayern leading the league. Bundesliga wrap: Leipzig goes top as Bayern stumbles – ProSoccerTalk
USMNT players Zack Steffen and Alfredo Morales helped earn a point, while ex-boss Jurgen Klinsmann falls in Hertha debut

Culture

Dungeons & Dragons Movie to Focus on the Eye of Vecna, Will Feature a Forgotten Realms Character
The upcoming Dungeons & Dragons movie will feature at least one character with ties to the Forgotten Realms and will focus on a quest for an iconic magical object. ComicBook.com can exclusively report that the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons movie currently in development by Paramount will focus on a [...]

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