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MLS: Champions League-Guastatoya at Houston Dynamo Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Puget Sound soccer

Seattle Sounders 2019 Season Preview — American Soccer Analysis
I suppose that by Seattle’s lofty standards you could consider last season to be a bit of a disappointment. For the first time in three years, they weren’t contesting the MLS Cup final, having been knocked from the competition in heartbreaking fashion by Portland on penalties after 120 minutes of what can very reasonably be called the most exciting playoff match in team history. So how do you bounce back?

Teenage dream: At age 15, Danny Leyva is already knocking on the Sounders’ door | The Seattle Times
Midfielder Danny Leyva left home at 14 to train in the Sounders' academy and last fall, at 15, became the youngest player to sign with their professional USL club in...

A Night with Alan Hinton and Friends - A Washington Legends of Soccer Event Tickets, Tue, Mar 19, 2019 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite
Eventbrite - Washington State Legends of Soccer presents A Night with Alan Hinton and Friends - A Washington Legends of Soccer Event - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Kirkland Performance Center, Kirkland, WA. Find event and ticket information.

culture & news

Funcom Delves into the DUNE Universe with a Gaming Deal with... - Funcom
OSLO, Norway - February 26th 2019 - Legendary Entertainment and Herbert Properties LLC have reached a licensing agreement with Funcom to develop video games...

Yes there was a llama on the MAX, TriMet confirms, but there shouldn’t have been - oregonlive.com
A llama rode a light rail train, and a Portland songwriter likely penned a tune somewhere.

Ghosts of Saltmarsh | Dungeons & Dragons
I think this is for my birthday?

MLS

Top 9 things to know going into FC Cincinnati's first Major League Soccer season
This week, the Orange and Blue will find out how well prepared they are despite the time crunch.

MLS Uniforms 2019: The new primary and secondary kits for each team - SBNation.com
The new MLS season starts March 2, so here’s the lowdown on the new primary and secondary uniforms you’ll be seeing this season.

A Review Of 2019 MLS Uniform Changes: Western Conference
Each Major League Soccer team unveils at least one new shirt a year. This is a look at what the Western Conference has to offer for the upcoming 2019 season.

MLS Power Rankings: Check out the initial order for 2019 | MLSsoccer.com

D.C. United Announce Updates to 2019 Audi Field Bag Policy | D.C. United
They'd don't require clear bags

MLS roster rules are complicated. Here are 6 ways to build a squad. - SBNation.com
Thanks to the league’s complex roster rules, there are a lot of different ways to build a winner. Or a loser.

Long Division: MLS Roster Compliance Deadline Nears With All Eyes on LA Galaxy – Socceresq
The MLS season is nearly upon us, and aside from looking forward to the on-field action (which has started in earnest with...mixed results), the deadline for roster compliance is at the end of this week (presumably March 1).

Recap: Toronto FC bounced from CCL at home - Waking The Red
They tried, but ultimately it wasn’t to be.

CP source: Striker Jozy Altidore agrees to new deal with Toronto FC - Sportsnet.ca
Toronto FC has come to terms with star striker Jozy Altidore on a new long-term contract, according to a source.

Report: Carlos Vela listed as “day to day” with knee injury - Angels on Parade
Good news ahead of the season opener.

Rumor: LA Galaxy striker Ola Kamara possibly on the move? - LAG Confidential
The Saga of the Four DPs has taken another unexpected turn.

NWSL and other women’s leagues

A Soccer Pro at 13? Olivia Moultrie Will Give It a Try - The New York Times
One of America’s brightest young soccer talents said Monday that she had signed with an agent and with Nike, foregoing the scholarship to UNC that she accepted at age 11 and formally beginning her professional career at age 13.

Youth player accuses Washington Spirit head coach Richie Burke of mental, verbal abuse - Black And Red United
Burke allegedly used homophobic language and verbally abused at least one youth player while coaching at FC Virginia.

USL and other lower men’s leagues

FC Cincinnati finalizing USL affiliate for 2019 as future ‘2-team’ plans take shape – The Athletic
Having just left the USL behind, MLS's newest club is finalizing its strategy for utilizing the league for its reserve team going forward.

United States national teams

U.S. Soccer Invites South American Teams for Rich New Tournament in 2020 - The New York Times
The new event would resemble the 2016 Copa América Centenario, which featured all 10 teams from South America and six from North and Central America and the Caribbean.

World soccer

Josh Sargent signs long-term extension with Werder Bremen - Stars and Stripes FC
The young striker has earned himself a big pay raise.

Minor minutes: Which Liga MX teams are complying with the rules on playing youth players - FMF State Of Mind
Only one team has already met the Liga MX requirements for menores this season.