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Major Link Soccer: With Atlanta & KC wins MLS is half of the CCL quarters

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Also: Defiance have scrimmage Friday; Sounders faring well in preseason power rankings; U. Portland loses former coach

MLS: Champions League-Toluca at Sporting KC Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Puget Sound soccer

Jodie Taylor interview: Wirral-born women's football star | YM Liverpool
From Tranmere Rovers to America, Wirral-born Jodie Taylor has been dogged in pursuit of her dream to play football at the highest level. The US-based Lioness looks back on her globetrotting career, reflecting on how far the women’s game has come, and talks up England’s chances at this summer’s World Cup.

SU Announces Spring Schedule - Seattle University
March 1 vs. Tacoma Defiance-7 p.m. at Championship Field

culture & news

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert
Relive the mythic storytelling of the Star Wars saga like never before with this very special presentation. This concert features the complete film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back on a giant screen while the Seattle Symphony performs John Williams’ iconic score live in the pitch-perfect acoustics of Benaroya Hall. © 2019 & TM Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. © Disney.

New Details on STAR WARS: Galaxy's Edge’s Insane Rides - Nerdist
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has a full scale Millennium Falcon and one of the most ambitious Disney Parks rides ever. Learn all the details about Smuggler’s Run and Rise of the Resistance.

Here Are the 2019 James Beard Award Semifinalists for Seattle - Eater Seattle
Renee Erickson, Logan Cox, Mutsuko Soma, and more get nods

The D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides Launch July 16, 2019! | Zub Tales
That “D&D Guide” concept struck a chord with all of us who helped brainstorm material on it. We wanted to focus the key elements of what D&D is and show young readers (or new players of any age) the amazing ingredients they could use to create their own characters and heroic stories.

MLS

MLS Preseason Power Ranking Averages - RSL Soapbox
Using data from 8 sites, here’s how the field sits mere days before first kick. Sounders at 4th overall.

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Recap: Atlanta United advances to CCL Quarterfinal with 4-0 win - Dirty South Soccer
Kennesaw ain’t been nothing but good to us.

Sporting Kansas City dominates Toluca and advance to the CCL Quarterfinals - The Blue Testament
SKC travel to Mexico and embarrass Toluca, winning over their fans

Minnesota United’s lurking issue: defensive midfield depth – Twin Cities

ESPN Kicks off Extensive Coverage of 2019 Major League Soccer Season - ESPN MediaZone U.S.

The Next Wave in MLS Stadiums? Bring Your Walking Shoes - Soccer Stadium Digest
A look at the next wave of MLS stadiums reveals a commonality: An urban experience eschewing the old days of a facility surrounded by a sea of parking.

10 things we learned from the LAFC documentary - Angels on Parade
Revelations, hilarity, poignant moments — "We are LAFC" has it all.

Visibility, community are key with new, local Columbus Crew ownership - Massive Report
Dee Haslam and Pete Edwards are giving their all to make sure they’re visible in the Columbus Crew community.

NWSL and other women’s leagues

Coaching controversy in the NWSL is bigger than Richie Burke – Equalizer Soccer
Hiring tactics for a number of clubs in the NWSL have seemed vague in recent memory, and in a larger sense, one has to wonder if U.S. Soccer is playing with fire.

Whitecaps Fans Must Demand Response From Organization After Allegations That They Covered Up For Abusers - Eighty Six Forever
If sunlight is the best disinfectant then let’s disinfect this sucker.

B.C. soccer coach suspended after former player shares her story | The Province
Coastal FC spokesman Chris Murphy said the club had suspended the coach Tuesday, less than a day after the blog post went viral, racking up 17,000 views in 24 hours. The club said it will conduct its own investigation.

Francisca Ordega: Nigerian seals China switch - BBC Sport
Nigeria international Francisca Ordega becomes the latest African to move to the Chinese Women's Super League after signing for Shanghai W.F.C.

World soccer

Portland mourns the loss of former soccer coach Dennis O’Meara - University of Portland Athletics
Former University of Portland men's soccer head coach Dennis O'Meara passed away on Saturday, February 16 from cardiac arrest, according to reports from friends

Proposed North-South American tournament in 2020 rejected by CONMEBOL - Stars and Stripes FC
Copa America Centenario plus four is off

VAR can screw up soccer games almost as well as humans now - SBNation.com
Welcome to soccer, the sport where man and machine find themselves deadlocked in battle to prove who or what is the bigger agent of chaos.

A sociology professor explains why soccer struggles to address racism - SBNation.com
A conversation with professor and sociologist Ben Carrington about racism in soccer and the sport’s hope to transcend its norms.