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Major Link Soccer: Santos Laguna dominates CCL knockouts, again

Also: St. Louis expansion keeps charging forward; college entry bribery scandal hits soccer hard

MLS: Champions League-Santos Laguna at New York Red Bulls Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Puget Sound soccer

Marc Nicholls on the Seattle Sounders' youth movement, the USL avenue, and inspiration from Uruguay 03/13/2019

culture & news

Several current and former college soccer coaches among those indicted in admissions bribery scandal -
The scheme went so far as to create fake athletic profiles for the students, and designate them as high-level athletes in sports they had never played.

Actresses Huffman, Loughlin among 50 charged in U.S. college fraud scheme | Reuters
Soccer programs at UCLA and Yale are among those implicated.

UCLA Men’s Soccer Coach Jorge Salcedo Indicted in Latest Admissions Scandal [UPDATE] - Bruins Nation
UCLA has placed Salcedo on leave after he is one of dozens of parents and coaches charged in a new college admissions and testing scheme.

Four soccer coaches indicted in college admissions scandal | Pro Soccer USA
Jorge Salcedo, Ali Khosroshahin and Rudy Meredith are among various indiviudals indicted in a college admissions scandal, which dates back to 2011.

Port of Seattle makes move to add 4th cruise ship berth near Pioneer Square |
If successful, a 4th cruise ship berth would open in Seattle's Pioneer Square near 1st and Main by 2022.


James Corden pranks David Beckham with statue gag - LAG Confidential
Poor Dave

Bob Bradley challenged Carlos Vela to be the Messi of MLS and it’s working -
Everyone laughed at the quote, but it was smart.

Commissioner calls support for Major League Soccer in St. Louis 'remarkable' | Metro |
Commissioner Don Garber lunched with more than two dozen chief executives and business owners from some of the largest companies in St. Louis, and called the show of support for

The Fire’s Defense Is A Problem. Here Are A Couple Ideas To Fix It. - Hot Time In Old Town
How can Pauno set up the team to secure points this week?


Pumas book place in Copa MX Semifinals after defeating Dorados - FMF State Of Mind
Pumas won their Quarterfinal match by a score of 3-0 and are one step closer to the trophy

2019 Concacaf Champions League match recap: Santos Laguna 4 (6), New York Red Bulls 2 (2) - FMF State Of Mind
A good first ten minutes by RBNY put it in doubt, but a better ten minute span by Los Guerreros lead them into the CCL Semifinals.

Houston Dynamo Crash Out of Champions League after 0-1 Loss to Tigres - Dynamo Theory
The Houston Dynamo were defeated 0-1 in the second leg of the CCL Quarterfinals by Tigres which saw Houston eliminated from Champions League play.

RBNY bows out late at Santos Laguna - Once A Metro
The New York Red Bulls had a great start, but couldn’t finsih as Santos Laguna knocks them out of the Champions League

NWSL and other women’s leagues

Route Two Soccer: Replacement Level in the NWSL – Backline Soccer
Four observations about player value in the NWSL, informed by the idea of replacement level.

Sky Blue FC: Coach, players say there's a 'fresh energy' after concerns addressed | Pro Soccer USA
After a difficult 2018, Sky Blue FC head coach Denise Reddy and goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan say there's a "fresh energy" after well-publicized problems were addressed.

USL and other lower men’s leagues

Former Galaxy defender Leonardo signs with USL's Orange County Soccer Club - Los Angeles Times
Former Galaxy defender Leonardo has signed with the USL’s Orange County Soccer Club, pending league and federation approval.

Football and Flamingos: What we can learn from expansion in the US - Culture - FTBL Life

United States national teams

USMNT news: Gregg Berhalter leaving the door open for Fabian Johnson to make international return |
U.S. national team coach Gregg Berhalter revealed that he has spoken to Fabian Johnson about a potential comeback to the USMNT, saying a return is still possible

Armchair Analyst: Berhalter mixes-and-matches on USMNT roster |

World soccer

How do we reconcile Ronaldo the soccer star with Ronaldo the man accused of terrible crimes?
How can we reconcile Cristiano Ronaldo, transcendent soccer talent, with Cristiano Ronaldo, man accused of rape? We may not know for sure, but it's an important conversation.

Six months after Ronaldo was accused of rape, why is the case in legal limbo? | ESPN
To be the world's most famous athlete means Cristiano Ronaldo can appear on every screen yet somehow elude the rape allegation against him.

FIFA wants 48 teams in Qatar 2022, thinks adding hosts could help - Stars and Stripes FC
This is such a terrible idea, and here’s why.

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