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Seattle

Jess Fishlock: Wales' most capped player says 'school was hell on earth' - BBC Sport
Wales' most decorated footballer, Jessica Fishlock MBE says her experience at school was "hell on earth," due to abuse over her sexuality.

MLS

Loons newcomers Gregus, Alonso start to bond in rebuilt midfield - StarTribune.com
Jan Gregus, the Loons' third designated player, and four-time MLS all-star Ozzie Alonso are central to the team's efforts to shore up its leaky defense.

What the decision to nix Gutman loan from Celtic to Nashville reveals about MLS in 2019 – The Athletic
The Gutman saga highlights some deep and unresolved issues that make MLS, as it grows into its third decade in existence, a fascinating league to follow.

#SaveTheCrew worked. Now what for Columbus Crew SC? That's the question for Porter & Co. in 2019
After the rip-roaring success of #SaveTheCrew and a new ownership group keeping the team in Columbus comes the hard work of moving forward.

Union sign German left back Kai Wagner; Marco Fabián negotiations still on course
While the Union continued negotiations to sign Mexican star Marco Fabián, another deal got over the finish line.

Reports: Minnesota United to acquire goalkeeper Vito Mannone - E Pluribus Loonum
Multiple outlets say the 30-year-old Italian will be arriving from Reading FC on loan.

Timbers Army, Rose City Riveters support Portland community through charitable initiatives - oregonlive.com
While the Timbers Army and Rose City Riveters have made a name for themselves through their impressive tifo displays and the incredible atmosphere they’ve created at Providence Park, their charitable work away from the pitch is equally as impressive.

USA

U.S. Soccer Launches New Talent Scout License - U.S. Soccer
U.S. Soccer will kick off its new Talent Scout license program this week with the first meeting of the initial pilot course this week in Dallas, Texas. The course is designed to educate candidates to develop the competencies needed to complete the tasks of a Talent Scout: examining players, building and managing a network, reporting and self-development.

Ottawa Fury Begin 2019 in USL, But Will They End the Year There?
Edit: I joined Kevin and Duane on SoccerToday to discuss the story. Enjoy! The Ottawa Fury won a reprieve in their fight to play in USL Championship in 2019. Whether it’s a commutation or merely a stay is still to be decided.

Culture

Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog: A Major Snowstorm Will Hit the Region Starting Late Friday
UW Professor Cliff Mass provides up-to-date forecasts and commentary on climate or other regional topics.

Mustard, honey, hot sauce: Every gourmet food product is getting its own ‘sommeliers’ - The Washington Post
What does it say about the world today that we suddenly need to treat everything like wine?

Avengers: Endgame ‘feels like three hours worth of real estate’ says director Avengers: Endgame ‘feels like three hours worth of real estate’ says director | SYFY WIRE
The Marvel film could set a runtime record.

Film.Music.Media - Best Scores Of 2018

Washington Beer Open House on March 2nd is a statewide celebration of beer – Washington Beer Blog
On March 2nd, breweries all across Washington open the brewhouse doors for statewide celebration of beer and brewing. Washington Beer Open House

World

Giuseppe Rossi isn't giving up: 'I have sacrificed too much for this game'

Liga MX news: Fourth time's a charm? Puebla brings back El Chelis as manager | Goal.com
El Chelis is once again taking the reins of La Franja as he looks to get his hometown club back in the postseason

Nantes Demanding Sala Transfer Fee From Cardiff City
Nantes have reportedly threatened legal action against Cardiff City over the $19 million transfer fee for Emiliano Sala

The Marseille fan that smashes his TV when his team loses - BBC Sport
YouTuber and Marseille fan Mohamed Henni tells BBC World Service that he breaks TVs when his football team loses "to make people happy".