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Two cities are left for one spot, Beckham dreams of bringing stars to Miami.

MLS: U.S. Open Cup-Los Angeles FC vs Sacramento Republic FC Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

We R Tacoma: Pro Sports Options Expand for South Sound Families | ParentMap
Women's pro soccer, men's soccer and baseball at home at Cheney Stadium

Pentz: Sounders answer fans’ plea for a closeout, but only after some uncomfortable moments – The Athletic ($)
The Sounders held off a late rally to remain unblemished, going 3-0-0 for the first time since their first MLS season of 2009.

Great Spots for Outdoor Dining and Drinking in Seattle - Eater Seattle
Plan ahead for the next sunny day

MLS

U.S. judge says Rio Tinto must face SEC fraud case | Reuters
A U.S. judge on Monday rejected Rio Tinto Plc's bid to dismiss a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit accusing the Anglo-Australian mining company of civil fraud in its handling of a failed investment in a Mozambique coal project.

Notching 25 assists in just 68 games, Atlanta's Gressel joins elite company | MLSsoccer.com

Determined to improve on LAFC's 2018, Vela has an MVP look early in 2019 | Goal.com
The Mexican star is playing some of the best soccer in MLS, and his latest two-goal effort showed just how serious he is on leading LAFC to a big year

‘Intuition is actually analytics’: How Toronto FC is using analytics to help improve play – The Athletic ($)
As the Ali Curtis era began in earnest Sunday, a look at how analytics impacts Toronto FC's daily decision-making process.

Beckham dreams of bringing Ronaldo, Messi to MLS, Miami – ProSoccerTalk
Big plans for a guy without a permanent home.

Armchair Analyst: All 24 teams in review | Week 3 Analysis | MLSsoccer.com
Doyle is calling the Sounders' attacking formation a 3-3-4 with Svensson as a de facto center back and Rodriguez and Lodeiro as dueling 10s.

MLS Expansion Update: It’s down to Sacramento and St. Louis - The Blue Testament
There is only "one" spot left according to MLS Commissioner Don Garber, though nobody believes him.

USA

Univision Cup 2019 Offers Fun, Fast-Paced Soccer for Players of All Ages in 14 US Communities - Univision

Soccer stadium site? NCFC owner, developer partner invest in land in SE Raleigh :: WRALSportsFan.com
North Carolina FC owner Steve Malik told Wake County leaders last week that Raleigh developer John Kane and his Kane Realty Corp. have secured 40 acres in southeast Raleigh for a multi-use facility to be anchored by a soccer stadium.

ESPN Extends With UFC; ESPN+ Becomes Exclusive PPV Provider

How Bradley and Dempsey solidarity payment cases differed from Yedlin case – The Athletic ($)
FIFA heard solidarity payment cases concerning all three players. Why did it only rule on two of them?

Roughnecks pick up win late Saturday at Orange County SC | Sports | tulsaworld.com
Summary: Tulsa Roughnecks FC scored five consecutive goals over 35 minutes of play to rally and stun Orange County SC 5-3 Saturday night in Irvine, California.

ESPN Reaches Multi-Year Extension for International Champions Cup - ESPN MediaZone U.S.

Over 100 clubs write to US Soccer calling for promotion and relegation | SportBusiness
Soccer clubs across the United States are stepping up pressure on US Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro to open discussions on its closed league system…

The secret life of pro athletes – Equalizer Soccer
The Reign's Yael Averbuch gives some insight into the off-the-field world.

The 18 – USL Championship Week 2
Deshorn Brown is back, in a big way

World

Marketing group fined $1 million in FIFA corruption case
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has ordered a sports marketing group to pay a total of $1 million in fines in the FIFA soccer scandal. U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen set the fine on Monday in...

Pogrebnyak ataca presença de Ari na Rússia: 'É ridículo que uma pessoa de cor jogue pela seleção'
Ex-Zenit deu declaração racista e xenófoba contra atletas naturalizados

Culture

15 best D&D podcasts & tabletop gaming podcasts you need to hear - Polygon
From Wizard of the Coast’s official Dragon Talk to Adveture Zone to Critical Role and other actual-play podcasts, we’ve got your Dungeons and Dragons needs covered. The most popular podcast genres right now is a confirmed Nat 20.