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culture & news

EXCERPT THREE FROM MR. TOWNSEND & THE POLISH PRINCE – Mike "The Gasman" Gastineau

Mike Gastineau - Mr. Townsend & the Polish Prince | Third Place Books
An appearance

Meet Washington's Most Promising Basketball Star | Seattle Met
Rainier Beach High junior MarJon Beauchamp can ball with the best of them. And he's leading his talent-packed team—now district champs—to a state title.

Tramways | Black Diamond History
Battling the valiant Newcastle soccer eleven, the Carbonado squad last Sunday put up such a fight that the score ended 4 to 0, with the Carbon lads on the long end. Carbonado played a fast game.

MLS

Portland Timbers 'moving on' from pursuit of Tigres Eduardo Vargas - source
The Timbers' bid for Vargas was thought to include a transfer fee just under $10 million, but the source indicated it was closer to $8.5m

If Timbers wait till summer for a new striker, here are their options for finding goals – The Athletic ($)
With Valeri about to turn 33 and Ebobisse still growing into the role, scoring will be a concern for Portland

Sporting KC to host inaugural Patterson Cup, featuring six prominent MLS youth academies | Sporting Kansas City

MLS tells MLS4TheLou to answer two key issues: Stadium, jersey naming rights | KMOX-AM
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A couple of weeks after visiting Major League Soccer headquarters, one of the key players in the effort to bring a team to St. Louis says the city is still in the top spot to win a franchise.

Darlington Nagbe back in training; says he’s happy in Atlanta - Dirty South Soccer
The weird Nagbe saga appears to be moving toward a happy ending.

Parkhurst on De Boer versus Tata: ‘The cultures are just so different’ – The Athletic ($)
The center back also says he was offered higher pay by other MLS teams during the offseason but chose to stay with Atlanta

After blockbuster MLS debut, Rooney faces an even tougher challenge: repeating it | Goal.com
Wayne Rooney entered the league with a bang in 2018, but he won't have several of the same advantages this season

CCL

2019 CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 preview, predictions and more - FMF State Of Mind
It’s that time again for the continent of North America to search for its alpha club. The Champions League is back, baby.

Recap & highlights: Independiente 4-0 Toronto FC - Waking The Red
A massacre in La Chorrera.

NWSL and other women’s leagues

Victoria’s new women’s soccer team gearing up for kickoff | Times Colonist
Anybody with even a cursory interest in women’s soccer will know the names of Olympic and World Cup stars Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Julie Foudy, Megan Rapinoe and Brandi Chastain of the U.S., . . .

USL and other lower men’s leagues

Oakland Roots Sign First-Ever Player: Oakland Native Devante Dubose — Oakland Roots SC

Canadian international Marcel de Jong signs with Pacific FC – Pacific FC

Foxes sign midfielders Arun Basuljevic and Emir Alihodzic

United States national teams

Cindy Parlow Cone elected U.S. Soccer vice president - Stars and Stripes FC
The former USWNT star is now U.S. Soccer’s #2

USA Schedule Set for 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship - U.S. Soccer
The USA will face Canada, Barbados and Guatemala in Group F play at the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship from May 1-16 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

World soccer

After allegations of sexual abuse, Afghanistan women’s soccer team fights for justice – ThinkProgress