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Former Sounder and Whitecap is returning to Vancouver. Tyler Adams is setting in, in Germany.

MLS: Western Conference Semifinal-Vancouver Whitecaps at Seattle Sounders Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

Sounders FC to hold 2019 club Media Day and Media Match on Thursday, February 28 at CenturyLink Field | Seattle Sounders FC

Sydney FC, Perth Glory, W-League grand final
Perth Glory again fell at the final hurdle in their quest for a maiden W-League title as Sydney FC ran out 4-2 winners to claim their third title in front of 6,127 fans at Kogarah Oval.

Can Isaiah Thomas rise again?
Two years ago, Isaiah Thomas was an MVP candidate and a rising Celtics legend. Then tragedy and injury struck. Eleven months since his last NBA game, one question remains: Can Thomas rise again?

MLS

New England's Isaac Angking follows Clint Dempsey's handshake tradition | MLSsoccer.com

Finnish-American defender Niko Hamalainen joins LAFC camp - Angels on Parade
Youngster on books at Queens Park Rangers.

FC Cincinnati preseason: Takeaways from the first Carolina Challenge Cup match
Exercise No. 5 is in the books for FC Cincinnati. It was a win, not that it matters whether the club wins or losses in mid-February.

MLS at Daytona International Speedway? It could happen | Pro Soccer USA

Stejskal: Vancouver Whitecaps finalizing deal to bring back Fredy Montero | MLSsoccer.com
Whitecaps retained Montero's rights during his last stint in MLS.

Vancouver Whitecaps Welcome Back Fredy Montero - Eighty Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps made the rumour official today, welcoming back former striker Fredy Montero

USA

Cordeiro on USWNT GM search and future of Gold Cup, plus NISA sanctioning update – The Athletic ($)
News about U.S. youth soccer records and a new USSF vice president also came out of the federation's annual general meeting

Photo story: Landon Donovan's indoor soccer debut with San Diego Sockers
A United States legend came out of retirement -- again -- on Friday. We were in San Diego to see how Landon Donovan got on and to ask him: "Why?"

How A Small Team In Denmark Could Develop U.S. Soccer's Next Generation
A U.S. investment group taking over a Danish soccer team believes it can help nurture the next generation of American players. Here's how.

A seamless transition: Tyler Adams shines in Germany | Pro Soccer USA
Tyler Adams continues to impress in Germany. On Saturday, the US men's national team player got his third start and the fourth appearance overall.

Watch Tyler Adams make his first Bundesliga assist - Stars and Stripes FC
It should be the first of many

American investor Jordan Gardner lays out plans to develop Americans in Denmark - Stars and Stripes FC
Team America in Scandinavia is a step closer to being a reality

Midfield Press » Breaking: NISA Sanctioned By USSF, To Start In August

Catching up with Wynalda in Las Vegas: ‘It’s amazing how many things I don’t care about now that I’m not on TV’ – The Athletic
LAS VEGAS — On Nov. 9th, with wildfire bearing down on his Westlake Village, Calif., neighborhood,...

World

International Champions Cup women’s tournament expands to eight teams as 2019 schedule comes together
There will be four NWSL teams and four foreign teams, spread across two venues instead of one.

EPL news: Manchester United takeover, owners, Mohammad bin Salman, Glazer family, latest updates | Fox Sports
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is stepping up his A$6.8 billion takeover bid of Manchester United – in the hope of becoming the new owner by next season.

FIFA transfer reforms target $400M for lower-tier clubs – ProSoccerTalk
FIFA research suggests tens of millions of dollars were paid to clubs last year instead of their entitlement of at least $350 million.

Numbers behind 20-0 loss are mind-boggling, but reasons aren't
The numbers behind financially troubled Pro Piacenza's embarrassment are hard to believe.

Saudis say crown prince doesn't intend to buy Man United
The Saudi government confirmed its sovereign wealth fund held sponsorship talks with Manchester United but says Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman doesn't want to buy English football's most successful club. British newspaper The Sun had reported the prince was stepping up a bid for United. But Saudi media minister Turki Al-Shabanah posted on Twitter "reports claiming that HRH the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman intends on buying @ManUtd are completely false."

Liverpool and Nacional tied 1-1 at Belvedere at the start of the Apertura
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Sport needs to stop hiding from the reality of life and get political - Laura McAllister - Wales Online
My old team-mate Jess Fishlock talks openly and honestly about her sexuality – the epitome of cool (or “sick” as the kids might say). I can imagine teenage girls sitting in their bedrooms worrying about their own feelings seeing Jess and being immediately more at ease with who they are.

Olympique Lyonnais is aiming towards a budget of 400M€ in the next five years with the club's new "full entertainment" strategy. With that, Lyon is hopeful to reach the European top 20 and close the gap between them and PSG. : soccer
Apparently, they also plan to open a women's franchise in the U.S.