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Seattle

There be dragons in Renton ... no, seriously
Renton is home to a slew of nerdy attractions from a comic shop to a comic con. Now, downtown Renton will permanently feature the city's very own dragon.

Friends Reunited: City players join forces in bid to make The Reign supreme | Westfield W-League
Seattle Reign and Melbourne City have long had a connection and the 2019 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season will be no different.

Hope Solo Movie In The Works From ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Backer Argent | Deadline
Soccer star Hope Solo is to get the movie biopic treatment from the company backed by fellow sports stars Tony Parker and Drew Brees.

MLS

FC Dallas duo Pomykal, Montgomery take the streets to meg pedestrians | MLSsoccer.com

Women’s Soccer

Tony Novo resigns as Sky Blue FC President, General Manager - Once A Metro
Vice President Alyse LaHue will serve as interim GM until owners hire a replacement.

Sky Blue FC general manager Tony Novo out of NWSL team; sources say he was fired
Novo spent five and a half years in the job, and the latter stages were marked by a series of controversies over a lack of infrastructure and financial resources.

Abby Wambach on Wolfpack, wage gap, and those “foreign guys” comments - All For XI
Abby Wambach has lived through and done things that the great majority of us can only ever dream of doing. There’s Olympics and World Cups and league championships, years of globetrotting, and...

Announcing expanded women’s soccer coverage from The Athletic
A new hire just in time for the start of the NWSL season and the Women's World Cup. (No subscription required to read)

The NWSL Is About To Start, Three Things I’m Excited For – Backline Soccer

For U.S. Women’s Team, Higher Bonuses Raise the Stakes for Each Match - The New York Times
The U.S. women’s national team negotiated higher performance bonuses into their contracts in 2017, but collecting the money is not always in their control.

Are we still doing this? - All For XI
The Washington Spirit's new owner put out a statement today detailing his thoughts about women’s soccer and his vision for the future of the team. There was a lot of good stuff in there, but there were warning flags too, starting at the very beginning.

World

Spurs dealt blow as Harry Kane limps off with injury vs. Manchester City
Harry Kane exited Tottenham Hotspur's Champions League quarterfinal match against Manchester City on Monday with an apparent ankle injury.

Diego Maradona fined after dedicating win to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
Diego Maradona has been fined for dedicating a recent victory to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Mexico's football federation said on Monday.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Manchester City: Son snatches victory in first Champions League match at Spurs’ new stadium - Cartilage Free Captain
It is sooooooo good to be home!

Liverpool 2, Porto 0 - Match Recap: One Foot in the Semis - The Liverpool Offside
Liverpool didn’t put it to bed in the first leg, but they will be big favorites to advance to their second semifinal in as many years.

Argentina, Colombia to co-host 12-team Copa America in 2020 – ProSoccerTalk
Argentina and Colombia will share hosting duties for the 2020 Copa America, which will be played with a new format.

Police find hand grenade at ADO Den Haag supporters HQ – ProSoccerTalk
The grenade was hanging next to the building, which had also been sprayed with three red Xs.

Reports: Drinkwater arrested for drunk driving after crash – ProSoccerTalk
Drinkwater has not appeared in a Premier League game this season.

Guadalajara under-17 player scores incredible fluke penalty - BBC Sport
Guadalajara under-17 player Diego Campillo scored one of the luckiest penalties you will ever see during a shootout against Lobos BUAP in Mexico on Saturday.

Antonio Candreva: Footballer helps tuna-and-crackers lunch girl - BBC News
Inter Milan's Antonio Candreva will pay school lunch fees for a girl from a poor immigrant family.

Plastic: The football pitch made from recycled cups - CBBC Newsround
One company has found an inventive way of recycling some of the plastic waste produced during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Spain Prime Minister offended by Guardiola comments on country
Spain's Prime Minister said he is still "offended" by Pep Guardiola's remarks that the country is an "authoritarian state and repressive."

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