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Another straight week of record crowds. Also, DeAndre Yedlin on Miguel Almiron at Newcastle, and FC Tucson goes pro.

Juventus FC Women v Fiorentina Women’s FC - Women Serie A Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Puget Sound

DeAndre Yedlin 'Not Surprised' by Miguel Almiron's 'Excellent' Start to Life at Newcastle | 90min
DeAndre Yedlin has declared that he is "not surprised" to see former MLS foe Miguel Almiron's immediate Premier League success.

Reign FC's Celia Jiménez: how to be a soccer player and aeronautical engineer (Spanish)
La defensa, que tuvo que emigrar a Estados unidos para compaginar su exigente carrera con el fútbol de elite, sueña con el Mundial

Republic FC sign defender Jordan McCrary - Indomitable City Soccer
Former Sounders defender adds depth for the Republic.

Major League Soccer

Soccer and witchcraft: A conversation with architect Brad Cloepfil on designing the Providence Park expansion | Portland Timbers

Familiar Late Fireworks: LAFC 2, Real Salt Lake 1 - Angels on Parade
LAFC again win in extra time, this time on a Walker Zimmerman knuckler.

Former MLS star Cyle Larin returns to North America to represent Canada | Pro Soccer USA

Jorge Mas: Our efforts to bring an MLS soccer team and build a stadium in Miami continue | Miami Herald
Things are happening, they swear!

Armchair Analyst: All 24 MLS teams in review | Week 4 Analysis | MLSsoccer.com

The women’s game

Women’s soccer seems to have reached a turning point in 2019 - The Washington Post
With greater resources, attention and participation, things are happening.

Sponsors queue up behind fans in huge week for women’s football | Eni Aluko | Football | The Guardian
Hot on the heels of more than 60,000 attending a game in Spain, Barclays announced its £10m sponsorship of WSL

Arsenal’s elite girls thrive after being put on an equal footing with the boys | Football | The Guardian
Arsenal make player quality paramount regardless of gender and top girls respond by more than holding their own with the boys

Players Say Soccer Chief Sexually Abused Them for Years. He May Still Win. - The New York Times
Some women who accused the head of the Afghan soccer federation of assaulting them are now being threatened into withdrawing charges, a leading player says.

Hofstra Prof Likens Latin American Women’s Soccer Activism to #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter | The Cornell Daily Sun
Prof. Brenda Elsey, history, Hofstra University, gave a wry and lively lecture on the rising call for feminist reform in Latin American soccer culture Tuesday evening.

USL

They will do it: Orange County SC 2, New Mexico United 2 - Angels on Parade
Jones, Leonardo spearhead second-half rally for hosts.

Match Recap: OKC Energy FC 1 Sacramento Republic FC 4 - Indomitable City Soccer
Cameron Iwasa notches first career hat trick in 27 minutes — fastest in club history. Republic cruise to victory.

'Tucson 2.0': FC Tucson coach Darren Sawatzky on turning pro, building a team and his new home | Tucson Sports | tucson.com
FC Tucson has turned pro. On March 30, the team will play its first-ever match in USL League One.

Homegrown Standouts Lead NCFC Past Necaxa
North Carolina FC had plenty to celebrate in a 2-1 victory against Liga MX's Necaxa in an international exhibition on Saturday afternoon as part of the Friendship Cup doubleheader.

United States

My 2019 Soccer Hall of Fame Ballot – kenn.com blog

U.S. U-23’s Men’s National Team ties Netherlands to close March camp | SBI Soccer
The U.S. U-23 Men's National Team closed its March camp on Sunday, bouncing back from Friday's defeat to Egypt by tying the Netherlands 0-0 in Spain.

How NBC Sports Analyst Kyle Martino Is Shaking Up The American Soccer Culture
Kyle Martino lost the election to become president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, but American Soccer may still benefit from his leadership and entrepreneurship.

ASN article: Barcelona's De La Fuente enjoying break out camp, eyes U-20 World CUp

USMNT Player Ratings: Tyler Adams in hybrid right back role pays dividends | MLSsoccer.com
Morris gets a 5, while Roldan gets a 5.5.

Philadelphia’s bid to host 2026 World Cup games ramps up push for attention
“We have no doubt that it will be a fierce competition until the end," PHL Sports executive director Larry Needle said.

World

De Jong chose Barcelona over PSG after Nike agreed to subsidise wages - sources
Nike, which is a sponsor of both Barca and De Jong, will be paying a large amount of the midfielder's salary, sources close to the club said.

The forgotten story of … the striker saved by football in Saddam’s Iraq | Sport | The Guardian
Sahib Abbas was locked up, tortured and forced to cope with the state-organized murder of his brother and four friends but thrived in remarkable circumstances.

Newcastle defender Fabian Schar knocked unconscious after clashing heads during Switzerland game | Daily Mail Online
Newcastle defender Fabian Schar was knocked unconscious during Switzerland's Euro 2020 qualifier away to Georgia but later continued to play in the match.

Suspects in racist heckling of Leroy Sané, Ilkay Gündogan surrender to police - Bavarian Football Works
Thanks to the awareness raised by André Voigt’s video appeal, the three fans in question turned themselves in. Bayern star Leon Goretzka also discussed how he was moved by Voigt’s video.