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Major Link Soccer: Women’s World Cup refs train with VAR

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Approval isn’t far away for VAR, the FA is hiring full time refs for their women’s league, and RSL is getting their own Sam Johnson

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Seattle

Future is coming soon as Sounders products join preseason training camp | MLSsoccer.com
Video details some of the experiences of Sounders Academy players with the First Team.

Dexter Brewhouse closes and other changes at Mollusk Brewing – Washington Beer Blog
As of February 1st, Dexter Brewhouse (Mollusk Brewing) in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood is closed. Brewing continues at company's other location

'I became a better person at IU': Trey Muse is on to his next chapter - Indiana Daily Student
Muse was a First-Team All-American his sophomore season.

Film and media events worth seeking out in Seattle this week | Hoodline
Unbreakable: This documentary follows former Seattle Sounders FC forward Steve Zakauni's journey from a nasty leg injury back to a soccer comeback in front of 40,000 screaming fans at CenturyLink Field. The film is a feel-good story of heartbreak, perseverance and pure jubilation.

2019 Seattle Sounders FC Sports Science Seminar — Roots of Performance Registration, Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 3:00 PM | Eventbrite
Eventbrite - Seattle Sounders FC presents 2019 Seattle Sounders FC Sports Science Seminar — Roots of Performance - Thursday, June 20, 2019 | Saturday, June 22, 2019 at The Ninety, Seattle, WA. Find event and registration information.

MLS

Andrew Gutman Loan Takes An Odd Turn - Hot Time In Old Town
The IU grad’s playing status is currently in limbo

The Vancouver Whitecaps’ Best Eighteen (February 2nd 2019) - Eighty Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps have added two young players in Hwang In-Beom and Jasser Khmiri (Transfermarkt says Khemiri but the club says Khmiri so ). The signings of Erik Godoy and two strikers are...

Sources: SDSU meets with Major League Soccer
Representatives from SDSU and Major League Soccer met to discuss a team playing in SDSU's new stadium once it opens in 2022

Portland Timbers close to finalizing deal to sign right back, actively pursuing designated player | oregonlive.com
The Portland Timbers are close to finalizing a deal to sign a right back and are continuing their pursuit of a Designated Player, a source confirmed to the Oregonian/OregonLive Monday.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC and defender Marcel de Jong mutually agree to part ways | Vancouver Whitecaps FC

2019 primary kit by Sporting KC - Exposure
Sporting KC // Ivy Investments

Report: Sam Johnson officially joining RSL as designated player - RSL Soapbox
The move gives RSL a much-needed boost at forward.

Alexandru Mitrita reportedly being targeted by NYCFC - Hudson River Blue
The Romanian midfielder is latest on the Blues’ radar

Despondent Bob Kraft Admits That No Amount Of Super Bowl Wins Will Fill MLS Cup Void — The Nutmeg News

Goals Saved Above Replacement: 2018 MLS Goalkeeping Stats — EVERYBODY SOCCER

Wayne Rooney’s contract reveals big performance incentives, significant investment by D.C. United – The Athletic ($)
A copy of the term sheet acquired by The Athletic shows that Rooney could earn a plethora of bonuses for individual and team achievements

USA

FC Tucson Bolsters Back Line with Bjornethun, Ledbetter
Sawatzky brings in former Sounders Academy player

In USMNT’s January, Berhalter sees learning by players and coaches – The Athletic ($)
Now he will incorporate certain lessons for March, when the full team will gather under the new coach for the first time

Armchair Analyst: The biggest winners from January's US camp, ranked | MLSsoccer.com
"So in my mind, Roldan left this camp in the exact same spot he started it: A reliable cog who is keeping that spot warm for Weston McKennie. He is this generation's Alejandro Bedoya – and I mean that as a compliment in a 'you can always rely on him, but you'd damn well better not ask him to win the game for you' kind of way."

ASN article: A look at which players were the winners from the USMNT January Camp

World

'It's Boring' - Balotelli on Not Returning to Serie A
Italy international Mario Balotelli says Serie A is "too tactical and a bit boring," but expressed a desire to play for his hometown club, Brescia, one day.

Cork City’s Lisa Fallon: ‘The lads don’t make exceptions. I’m just a football coach’ | Football | The Guardian
The only female coach working in men’s professional football in Ireland tells Donald McRae about her extraordinary career, keeping cool in the face of sexism and her battle for acceptance

Where are all the female coaches? Still navigating an unequal landscape – Equalizer Soccer

Exclusive: FA plan to introduce full-time referees in Women’s Super League
The FA want to create an elite team of referees that will serve as the equivalent to the 'select group' in the men’s game.

Refs train with VAR ahead of approval for Women's World Cup
Women's World Cup referees are undergoing training with VARs over the next two weeks, paving the way for the FIFA council to approve the use of video reviews at the tournament in France.

Refs train with VAR ahead of approval for Women's World Cup
Women's World Cup referees are undergoing training with VARs over the next two weeks, The Associated Press has learned, paving the way for the FIFA council to approve the use of video reviews at the tournament in France. FIFA has faced criticism for not announcing yet that video assistant referees will be used at the June 7-July 7 Women's World Cup just as they were for the men's tournament for the first time in Russia last year.

The journey of Chris Richards, Part 1: The evolution Bayern Munich’s newest prospect - Bavarian Football Works
Chris Richards did not grow up in a soccer hotbed, but with perseverance and opportunity, the American center-back embarked on an adventure that has led him to Bayern Munich.