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We’ve got six Ichiro stories and that’s not enough. He’s one of the greatest hitters in the history of the game and he called Seattle home.

Ichiro, and the promise of what could be - Lookout Landing
In a 5-4 Mariners win, Ichiro’s retirement was everything that made him special.

Ichiro Suzuki Announces His Retirement from Major League Baseball
TOKYO, Japan — Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki announced tonight that he has decided to retire from his active playing career, effective immediately. He made the announcement following game…

Drayer: Barrier-breaking Mariners legend Ichiro puts bat down for good
After 3,089 hits stateside and 4,367 total between Japan and MLB, the black lacquered Mizuno bat has been put down. Ichiro has retired, leaving a lasting legacy on the game and his teammates.

Endings, Beginnings, and the Ichiro In Between - Lookout Landing
Thoughts on aging and the retirement of the player who saved baseball for me

Ichiro, always a master of timing, gets it right again with his retirement | The Seattle Times
Ichiro got his moment on Thursday, in the wee hours back home in Seattle, as few ballplayers in any sport ever have. Japan, a country that reveres him beyond comprehension,...

Ichiro Suzuki Forever
The news circulated through the Tokyo Dome soon after first pitch. As reported by Kyodo News, Ichiro Suzuki had told the Mariners he would retire after the game. A real retirement this time; not the stepping-away of last May, when it became clear that the aged Japanese superstar didn’t have major-league stuff anymore but he wanted to hang around the Mariners—and they wanted him around—with a specific eye on this, a two-game series in Tokyo to kick off the 2019 season. Real games, games that count. With 45-year-old Ichiro, looking frailer and grayer but still slim and athletic, playing right field. Where he belongs.

Disney revives Lucasfilm Games | SYFY WIRE
Disney is reportedly ramping up hiring at Lucasfilm Games, a brand that predates the big LucasArts and EA Star Wars titles we’ve been playing from the 1990s onward. What could it all mean? Difficult to see: Always in motion is the future.

Dungeons & Dragons Reportedly Gets A New Script As Casting Begins
The upcoming Dungeons and Dragons movie gets a new script as Paramount Pictures looks to cast the lead role from a list of several A-list actors.

MLS

'Caps relishing the challenge of facing MLS-leading Sounders - WhitecapsFC.com
'With every challenge comes a huge opportunity'

MLS Power Ranking Averages - Week 3 - RSL Soapbox
Sounders back to #1

FloSports Subscription Update | FC Cincinnati
All of 2,000 fans get a discount. That's about 5% of their match day audience.

The Fire’s Formation Problems Are Trickier Than They Seem - Hot Time In Old Town
The 4-2-3-1 is flimsy. The 3-5-2 is awkward for the attackers. What can Pauno do to set the team up for success?

Generation adidas Cup: MLS academies, Liga MX teams to compete in expanded 2019 tournament | Pro Soccer USA
Participants in the U-17 Championship division include academies from FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, Montreal Impact, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Real Salt Lake, Toronto FC, and the Seattle Sounders.

Atlanta United’s Robinson emerging on the backline

An Update on Nashville SC from CEO Ian Ayre
Nashville SC moves back planned opening date for stadium to 2022

Will more Mexican stars join Carlos Vela, Jonathan dos Santos, Marco Fabian in MLS?
Is MLS becoming a league of choice for Mexico's biggest names? The signs suggest it's an increasingly attractive destination for El Tri's stars.

Backpass: The rise of Rapids’ Dillon Serna – The Denver Post
To watch Dillon Serna is to witness a kind of frenetic precision. His movement is so quick, from his stutter steps to his step-overs and his changes of direction, that it sometimes feels like he’s been put into a turn-of-the-century silent film, moving at 1.5x speed, while everything else is still going at a medium pace.

Scarves Raised as Allianz Field’s Doors Open - E Pluribus Loonum
Invited guests and media members got a sneak peek at Allianz Field during the team’s Scarf Raising ceremony

NWSL and other women’s leagues

Women’s Super League receives boost as Barclays steps in with record multi-million pound sponsorship deal
The FA WSL will benefit from the biggest-ever investment in UK women’s sport by a brand when one of the men’s Premier League partners, Barclays, becomes the division’s first-ever title sponsor.

USL and other lower men’s leagues

Copa Tejas Unites Supporters, Clubs Across Lonestar State
All four Texas teams involved

Fresno Foxes pro soccer club eyes USL playoffs | The Fresno Bee
Fresno FC enjoyed a successful inaugural 2018 season in every facet except the standings. With notable signings, returning standouts and a more balanced schedule, players and coaches expect more wins in 2019.

Louisville City releases a bold vision for its 2020 stadium
It will fit nearly 12,000 and will almost immediately become the class of USL.

United States national team

USA vs. Ecuador, 2019 friendly: community player ratings - Stars and Stripes FC
You react, you rate.

USA 1 - 0 Ecuador: Gyasi Zardes gives the US a promising result - Stars and Stripes FC
Steps forward for the first team under Berhalter for the first time

USMNT: Tyler Adams is so good it creates problems for Gregg Berhalter
Gregg Berhalter designed a system to take advantage of Tyler Adams' versatility. Then Adams showed how vital he might need to be for USMNT.

Healthy and in-form Morris comes back in USMNT squad with new mindset
Jordan Morris has come back to the U.S. Men's National Team healthy, in form and with a refreshed mindset from his time on the sidelines rehabbing from an ACL injury.

Yedlin embracing the fight for his spots for USMNT and Newcastle
DeAndre Yedlin is no stranger to fighting for playing time. It's a challenge he has faced since making the jump to England in 2015. It is also a fight he has been able to win for several years now as the first-choice right back for the U.S. Men's National Team.

USMNT youngsters have potential to be a 'golden generation', says DeAndre Yedlin | Goal.com
U.S. national team defender DeAndre Yedlin had high praise for the youngsters on the national team, and sees a bright future

Snow Calls 24 Players to U-23 WNT Roster for 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational - U.S. Soccer
U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow has named a 24-player roster for the 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational where the USA will face Reign FC, Portland Thorns FC and the Chicago Red Stars in the four-team NWSL pre-season competition.

Kreis calls in 23 for U-23 camp in Spain - Stars and Stripes FC
This is the one US national team Sounders are represented on.

Ali Krieger returns to USWNT as Jill Ellis names April training camp roster - Stars and Stripes FC
Bet you didn’t see that one coming.

World soccer

Why Birmingham City’s obscene overspending threatens to derail the entire Championship season | FourFourTwo
The club broke Financial Fair Play rules, but to deduct points now could overhaul a delicately balanced league table. Waiting could leave the...

Soccer's concussion protocol is still not taken seriously, and it’s a huge problem
David Ospina’s collapse during Napoli’s game over the weekend is the latest example of soccer’s concussion protocol failing wretchedly.

Manchester City fan Paul Worth reveals Schalke attack left him 'close to death' - BBC Sport
Manchester City fan Paul Worth reveals the extent of his injuries after being attacked by fans at a Champions League match.

Quiz! Can you name the national team from their badge? | FourFourTwo
Know your Elephants from your… er, weird birds?

This is what happened when a referee wore a microphone for a full game | FourFourTwo
An Australian referee wore a microphone for his final A-League match - and the highlights video makes for fascinating viewing.

ESPN+ acquires Copa América rights - World Soccer Talk
The streaming service continues to be gain value.

Batman vs Valencia: LaLiga side hits back after DC Comics challenges use of bat symbol on club’s iconic crest | London Evening Standard
The dispute between the US publisher and Valencia CF appears to have resurfaced again following the club’s centenary celebrations.