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Major Link Soccer: Terrence Boyd isn’t replacing Giovinco, but he is with TFC

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Also: The Loo needs more money; there won’t be a referee strike; Nouhou wants to be even faster (unpossible?)

Scotland v USA - International Friendly Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Puget Sound soccer

New Soccer Schools Partner - Rangers Football Club, Official Website

Slimmer, quicker Nouhou puts European rumors aside and focuses on improving for Sounders | The Seattle Times
Nouhou arrived in Sounders camp Tuesday after an off-season in Cameroon shedding six pounds and slimming his notably bulky physique to add speed to his game.

culture & news

You Don’t Need Sports Drinks To Stay Hydrated | FiveThirtyEight
But scientific facts don’t sell products; stories do.

ESPN+ passes 2 million subscribers in under a year - The Verge
ESPN+, Disney’s standalone premium subscription service for sports fans, now has over 2 million subscribers. Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the latest growth stat during his company’s quarterly earnings call this afternoon.

Ports of Seattle, Tacoma finalizing deal for major terminal renovation | king5.com
A deal between the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma would mean extensive renovations to Terminal 5.

MLS

Official: Toronto FC sign Terrence Boyd - Waking The Red
The U.S. international will add depth to the attack.

Report: Toronto FC interested in Jonathan Menendez - Waking The Red
The Reds are rumoured to be in talks for a loan.

Report: Union signing Mexican midfielder Marco Fabián - Brotherly Game
The 29-year-old El Tri player is joining the Union, according to ESPN’s Taylor Twellman.

Philadelphia Union ‘reject’ unsolicited jersey concepts, upset fans in video - Brotherly Game
The video drew heated responses from many people who liked the other designs better

BenFred: MLS wants more corporate support from St. Louis as it ponders bid | Ben Frederickson | stltoday.com
As of today, the St. Louis bid lacks key sponsorship commitments for the stadium and the front of the team uniform, a marquee spot in soccer. And MLS is watching.

Machine Learning the Crew — American Soccer Analysis
Machine learning is so hot right now and if Skynet is going to destroy all humans, it should at least know a little bit about Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew. To wit, I created a machine learning model to classify which position in a Gregg Berhalter 4-2-3-1 formation a player most likely played in during a single game.

In Ebobisse, USMNT and Timbers have a young leader unwilling to stay quiet on issues of social injustice – The Athletic ($)
The 21-year-old attacker, whose social consciousness was sparked by the murder of Trayvon Martin, is beginning to find a wider platform

Roger Bennett to host Atlanta United 2019 kit unveiling - Dirty South Soccer
This seems a bit like overkill.

New Collective Bargaining Agreement ratified – Professional Referee Organization
Good news if you're not a fan of referee strikes.

NWSL and other women’s leagues

The NWSL’s power shift doesn’t faze Red Stars owner Whisler – Equalizer Soccer ($)
When the first season of the NWSL kicked off in 2013, only one of the league’s eight founding teams — the Portland Thorns — was affiliated with a men’s soccer team. Now, only three fully independent teams remain.

USL and lower men’s leagues

More Goals, Please » Pittsburgh Soccer Now

FC Tucson Roster Is Taking Shape – Firebird Soccer

United States national team

US Soccer welcomes VAR progress, urges Women's WC approval
U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro is pleased FIFA listened to his requests for video review to be used at the Women's World Cup. Now he's urging the FIFA Council to make it official. FIFA's delay in deciding whether to deploy VARs raised concerns among coaches and players that the women's showpiece in France wouldn't have the same technology made available to the men's World Cup last year. But The Associated Press reported Monday that Women's World Cup referees are now in training with video assistant referees in Qatar, allowing FIFA's top decision-making body to approve them for the June 7-July 7 tournament in France.

Berhalter's USMNT Doesn't Play Two "10's," And That's A Good Thing | TYAC
The opening of the Gregg Berhalter era saw a system, tactical plans and rare coaches candor. Even if the US isn't really playing with "two number tens."

World soccer

Solskjaer tells Man United staff: Don't call me boss
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in charge at Old Trafford until at least the summer but has told workers at United's training base to call him Ole.

Dortmund Christian Pulisic says team never should have gone to or lost on penalties
Pulisic, 20, told ESPN FC after the game: "We shouldn't have let this game gone to penalty kicks because once you get there anything can happen."