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The season starts out with an exciting weekend. Youth soccer tournament is named after Sigi Schmid. Wayne Rooney showed up at Tiger’s big win.

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Puget Sound

YouTube TV prices are going up to nearly $50 a month - CNN
Sounders fans who use the streaming TV service to watch matches will soon be paying 25% more, but will gain access to additional channels.

Reign FC 2019 season preview | Tacoma News Tribune
Reign FC has a new name, new home and practice facilities in Tacoma. The 2019 season, also a Women’s World Cup year, provides challenges for the NWSL team, which begins it season on Sunday.

Seattle Reign FC sets sights on 2019 season | Pro Soccer USA

AYSO tournament renamed after Sigi Schmid - LAG Confidential
A worthy tribute for an American soccer legend

Major League Soccer

MLS clubs' badges illustrate league's evolving identity | Pro Soccer USA
There is no greater illustration of a soccer team’s identity than its badge, and in Major League Soccer, the subject of badge design is discussed more than is generally common in other leagues around the soccer world.

Wayne Rooney attends Tiger Woods’ Masters win hours after Rapids away win - Black And Red United
He took a couple golfing buds/teammates to boot.

Redefining MLS Player Roles - A Machine Learning Analysis - Big D Soccer
How do you explain someone like a Michael Barrios? We give it a shot.

NWSL

Opening Weekend: Celebrations, Daly’s goal, Labbé’s saves
Houston, Portland, North Carolina and FC Kansas City win their opening matches

Debut goals from Sam Staab & Megan Crosson hand Washington Spirit 2-0 win over Sky Blue FC - Black And Red United
Washington kicked 2019 off with a solid performance

NWSL's Amandy Duffy says A&E split was 'unexpected' | Pro Soccer USA
At halftime of the Courage vs. Red Stars game, Duffy addressed a flurry of topics, including television deals and staffing concerns at the league office.

Sky Blue drops season opener, 2-0, to Spirit - Once A Metro
A pair of second-half goals hands Sky Blue their first loss of the season

NC Courage 1-1 Chicago Red Stars: lots of chances, but not so much finishing - Dirty South Soccer
The title defense begins with a draw

Falling Into Parody: North Carolina Courage 1, Chicago Red Stars 1, NWSL Game Recap - Hot Time In Old Town
Chicago stole a point in Cary, but don’t call them scammers. Not this time.

Washington Spirit betting big on Andi Sullivan as captain and primary playmaker
Sullivan had a disappointing rookie year, but she’s been handed a huge new role for her sophomore campaign.

World

Group believed to be Chelsea fans filmed allegedly singing racist song about Mohamed Salah
Kick It Out have condemned the behaviour of alleged Chelsea fans singing vile chants about Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.

Choupo-Moting’s missed goal shows that your mistakes can always be worse - SBNation.com
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting had one of the worst missed goals in soccer history so that we could sin.