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MLS: Champions League-Toluca at Sporting KC
Sporting KC pulled off a win in CCL action
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Normally these go up at about 7 a.m. Pacific. It’s supposed to be the way our readers start their day. I didn’t get it done last night because of YachtCon Nights, an amazing experience that my partner in Sounder at Heart puts forward mobilizing all of us to do good in the name of soccer.

So Links are late, but they are still the same great way for us to talk about soccer. They’re your open thread where soccer and life in the Sound are the topics.

Puget Sound culture & news (often D&D, but not always)

Farewell, One Good Place on the Internet | FanGraphs Baseball
Jeff Sullivan is one of the godfathers of Sounder at Heart.

Preorder This Awesome Stranger Things D&D Starter Set Right Now - IGN
The 1980s-inspired look of the Stranger Things Dungeons and Dragons starter set is instantly recognizable to old-school fans of the tabletop RPG.

MLS

Recap: Atlanta United Drops First Leg of CCL Tie with C.S. Herediano, 3-1 - Dirty South Soccer
Can we just skip the first game every year?

Mission Accomplished and then some: Sporting KC beats Toluca FC 3-0 in CCL opener - The Blue Testament
Goals by Nemeth, Gerso, and llie and shutout make dream start. Leg 2 in Mexico next Thursday.

Reactions to D.C. United’s new secondary jersey - Black And Red United
It is a white shirt

VIDEO - MLS Commissioner On Sports Gambling: "We Might As Well Find A Way To Monetize It" | SI.com
MLS Commisioner Don Garber Joins Grant Wahl to discuss the effect that sports gambling legalization will have on MLS and how they plan to take advantage. For more Planet Futbol, subscribe to SI TV.

Rapids sign Acosta, Rosenberry, and Rubio to long-term deals - Burgundy Wave
The Rapids and the players are excited about their role with the club in the future.

New York Red Bulls Transfer Anatole Abang to Nantong Zhiyun FC | New York Red Bulls

Colorado Rapids podcast: Black Diamond kits, contract extensions, and 2019 Depth Chart Hype
This week on Holding The High Line, we've got CCL Fever and a Colorado Rapids depth chart preview to nerd out on. We begin by discussing MLS teams in CONCACAF Champions League and we begrudgingly discuss the Rapids new Black Diamond secondary kit.

Justin Sutherland Joins MNUFC As Culinary Consultant | Minnesota United FC
One of the final six in this year's Top Chef

Ag. Rossi: "Inadequate European offers, Pepito ready for MLS"
[Italian]

Kit Rules Gone Too Far - Almost All MLS Teams Have a White Kit - Footy Headlines
Almost all Major League Soccer teams will have an all-white jersey this year.

USL and lower men’s leagues

Canadian Premier League joins forces with Spain-based media partner | Vancouver Courier
TORONTO — Less than 10 weeks before kickoff, the Canadian Premier League has unveiled its media partner with ambitious plans to showcase soccer in Canada.Spain-based Mediapro has struck a 10-year . . .

United States national teams

ASN article: The Geography of American Player Development: a look at where talent originates

USMNT has a right back battle brewing - Stars and Stripes FC
DeAndre Yedlin’s the starter for now, but Nick Lima and Reggie Cannon aren’t far behind

Weston McKennie to undergo an MRI on his injured leg
U.S. men's national team standout Weston McKennie will have an MRI after injuring his hamstring in Schalke's Champions League loss to Manchester City.

World soccer

ASN article: After a rough ending at Nantes, Miazga eager to help Reading to safety

Mexican clubs open to combined Liga MX-Major League Soccer competition
Liga MX club presidents are looking north to the United States and aren't discounting a combined North American league at some point in the future.