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ESPN says the deal is coming along quickly. DeAndre Yedlin reportedly weighed in on Miguel Almiron signing. The News Tribune throws a wet blanket on Tacoma stadium hype.

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Seattle

Tacoma Defiance defender Nick Hinds ready to make his mark in 2019 | Seattle Sounders FC
Hinds was one of the Academy's first home-stay players.

Let's Put Seattle in the Best Possible Position to Attract an NBA Team - Sonics Arena

Sounders, Rainiers, Reign stadium in Tacoma lacks key study | Tacoma News Tribune
The Tribune says Tacoma should resist getting swept away by soccer stadium hoopla and wait for completion of a feasibility study in the next month or so, especially because public money and land are part of the bargain.

Seattle’s loss of the Reign is Tacoma’s gain
Coverage of the Reign’s move to Tacoma on KUOW.

Help, I moved to Portland! - Sounder At Heart
"So are you going to root for the Timbers now?"

"No."

LikkitP's Site For Stuff To Wear And Use | Featuring custom t-shirts, prints, and more
A bunch of shirts inspired by love of land and Sounders.

“The Radical Tee” graphic tee, tank, and pullover crewneck by Brad and Becky Evans. | Cotton Bureau
Some of you are cool enough to be born into a great nickname. Others have to settle for a graphic tee with one. Available in heavy metal and black. Brad still raising money for the kids.

News & culture

8 new science fiction and fantasy books to check out in early February - The Verge
There are new science fiction and fantasy books from Man-Booker prize winner Marlon James, an omnibus of Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti novellas, the first Stranger Things tie-in novel, and more to check out in the first half of February.

Divided 2019: The Media Gender Gap - Women’s Media Center
A Women’s Media Center investigation of who provides coverage for 28 top news outlets shows that male journalists continue to report most news, especially for wires and TV prime-time evening broadcasts.

Happy hunting: Monkeyshines 2018 in Tacoma starts soon - The Tacoma Ledger
Hidden glass art such as orbs, medallions and marbles are scattered around Tacoma to be found by the community.

Super Bowl 2019: 11 new movie & TV trailers dropped during the game - Polygon
From Marvel’s one-two punch of Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame to streaming series like Handmaid’s Tale season 3 and Amazon’s Hanna to movies like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, trying to stir up excitement, the Rams-Patriots game scored big with trailers.

Barstool’s Dave Portnoy manhandled, carried out of Super Bowl
Barstool’s founder gets the boot. The fact that this is a story tells you how boring that game was.

Major League Soccer

Super Bowl owners Kraft, Kroenke's MLS effort pales vs NFL ambition | SI.com
Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup isn’t a surprising one for NFL fans, but for MLS followers it’s the source of a comical amount of chagrin.

Sources - MLS Liga MX mulling 8-team tournament in second half of 2019
A long-promised cup competition between Liga MX and MLS sides is on its way to becoming a reality in 2019, sources have told ESPN.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez asked THIS player whether to sign Miguel Almiron - Nevin | Football | Sport | Express.co.uk
BBC SPORT pundit Pat Nevin believes Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez asked DeAndre Yedlin whether to sign Miguel Almiron.

USL and lower leagues

Chattanooga FC qualifies for 2019 US Open Cup, but opts out | TheCup.us - Full Coverage of US Open Cup Soccer
In a statement provided to TheCup.us, Chattanooga FC just has too much on its plate.

MURRAY: The Wynalda Era has Arrived in Las Vegas
Vegas crushed TFC.

United States

Meet Bayern Munich’s newest American signee: Taylor Booth - Bavarian Football Works
Meet the young American midfielder from Eden, Utah. After Alphonso Davies and Chris Richards, he the latest North American talent to make the jump to Munich.

United States U-18 national team Head Coach Tab Ramos calls up Tacoma Defiance’s Marlon Vargas, Alec Diaz | Seattle Sounders FC
There's a lot of exciting talent getting ready to take the field in Tacoma.

Five thoughts on USA vs Costa Rica - Stars and Stripes FC
What the second USMNT win of 2019 brings to mind.

World

Univision Deportes’ Ana Caty Hernández talks about her playing career with Chivas, her broadcast career with Univision Deportes, and how Liga MX Femenil will help the Mexican National Team grow into a world power. - FMF State Of Mind
Mia Hamm and the United States Women’s National Team "made us believe that if we wanted to play soccer, we could."

2019 Liga MX Clausura match recap: Tijuana Xolos 2, Toluca 0 - FMF State Of Mind
Tijuana got goals from Miller Bolaños and Fabián Castillo in a dominant performance to get their second win of the season, downing Toluca 2-0 in a wet affair at Estadio Caliente.

Neymar’s injury occurred because soccer men can’t handle their feelings - SBNation.com
Turns out that soccer, like the world at large, is full of men who can’t handle public embarrassment.

Thailand Detains Bahraini Player Until April in Extradition Case - Bloomberg
Soccer player Hakeem Al-Araibi on Monday contested Thailand’s effort to satisfy Bahrain’s extradition request, saying he fears persecution if he’s sent back.

Turkish club Elazigspor sign record 22 players in two hours
Elazigspor achieved the feat after negotiating an end to their transfer ban with the Turkish FA as the deadline loomed.