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Also: Luciano Acosta didn’t leave; league continues to add talents

MLS: Real Salt Lake at Toronto FC
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Puget Sound soccer

Memorial Stadium: An imperfect NWSL fortress (2014-2018) – Equalizer Soccer
A nice look back at the Reign's home for five years.

Reign FC move is good for the region | The Seattle Times
A vastly better facility in Tacoma and savvy new ownership should be a boon for the region's professional women's soccer team.

Three Sounders Academy players called into U.S. U-15 national team camp | Seattle Sounders FC
Get to know the names Austin Brummett, Taka Sasaki and Angel Martinez.

Analysis: Breaking down Cristian Roldan's first U.S. national team start under Gregg Berhalter | Seattle Sounders FC

Deep Thoughts With Gustav: Ponder life with five Svenssonisms | Seattle Sounders FC
"My son is four years old and he asks every day when he is going back to Seattle. It’s a nice thing and I am happy we found a place we really like."

culture & news

‘Big Bang Theory’ enlists William Shatner, Kevin Smith and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ episode - AOL Entertainment
"The Big Bang Theory" is bringing in a massive roster of guest stars for a special "Dungeons & Dragons" themed episode, including William Shatner and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Rangers’ new ballpark will have have artificial turf – HardballTalk
What say you, purists?

MLS

Toronto FC transfer rumours: TFC linked to Algerian midfielder Sofiane Hanni - Waking The Red
A new DP may be coming very soon.

Report:Toronto FC looking to make big splash after Giovinco exit - Waking The Red
wherein your intrepid cub reporter, Jeffrey P. Nesker, dips into the wild world of a #TFC meltdown.

Footy Talks: What do Toronto FC need to look for in their next Designated Player? - Waking The Red
The club has a big signing to make an not much time to do it.

Luciano Acosta’s rumored transfer to Paris Saint-Germain falls through - Black And Red United
PSG’s deadline day interest in D.C. United’s best midfielder came and went

One year from arrival, Beckham's MLS team preparing to launch | Soccer | Sporting News

Source: Florentin Pogba close to signing with Atlanta United
Guinea international defender Florentin Pogba, brother of Manchester United star Paul Pogba, is close to a move to MLS.

Sporting Kansas City interested in Arsenal and USMNT midfielder Gedion Zelalem - The Blue Testament
SKC has the discovery right on Zelalem and exploring the option

D.C. United confirms signing Leonardo Jara on loan from Boca Juniors - Black And Red United
DCU solved its biggest positional problem by adding a starter from one of South America’s top clubs

#SavedTheCrew Reaction: Brad Evans | Sirkbook.com
Brad Evans spent only two seasons in Columbus at the very beginning of his career. The first was a forgettable, injury-marred four-appearance campaign. The second resulted in a Supporters' Shield and an MLS Cup title. Then it was off to Seattle in the expansion draft, where over the course of nine season, he won another…

The solidarity payments plan that might have been – The Athletic ($)
In 2016, the attorney for Crossfire Premier, together with the president of the Dallas Texans, proposed a system for solidarity payments and training compensation tailored to the U.S. soccer landscape

USL and other lower men’s leagues

Manny Perez and Andrew Gutman join Celtic with eye to the future | CelticFC | General News
CELTIC are delighted to confirm the club has signed young American players Andrew Gutman and Manny Perez on three-and-a-half-year contracts.

Soccer: Five more signings announced for North Texas SC | SportsDay
North Texas SC has announced another five signings ahead of its inaugural season, with two coming straight from the FC Dallas Academy - Carlos...

World soccer

Arda Turan Faces Up To 12 Years In Prison For Allegedly Trying To Steal A Pop Star's Girl, Getting Into A Fight, And Firing A Gun In A Hospital
Arda Turan, previously seen on pristine European pitches starring for Atletico Madrid and then sucking for Barcelona, might be headed to a decade-long stay in Turkish prison, per a Marca report. As a result of an October nightclub altercation in Istanbul that turned into so much more, Turan is begin accused of a bevy of crimes: sexual harassment, inflicting intentional injuries, carrying a weapon without a license, and shooting a firearm “in a way to cause panic.”