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An injury sub? Gyasi Zardes gets a large extension

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Seattle

Megan Rapinoe is first out lesbian to pose for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue
The soccer star and LGBTQ advocate is the first openly gay woman to pose for the annual Swimsuit issue since its debut in 1964.

‘My soccer was changed’: How former Sounder Steve Zakuani brought piece of FC Barcelona to Bellevue High | The Seattle Times
After being inspired by the play of FC Barcelona in 2009, he decided he wanted to coach a team using a similar style.

Unpacking Portland - Tacoma Defiance
The first 45 minutes against Portland Timbers 2 show a path forward for Tacoma Defiance.

MLS

Armchair Analyst: All 24 MLS teams in review | Week 11 analysis | MLSsoccer.com
Have you heard about this historic season that LAFC is having?

Columbus Crew announce contract extension for Gyasi Zardes - Massive Report
The striker is now tagged as Designated Player.

Crew believe it should be scoring more but data doesn’t support that - Massive Report
The Black & Gold can’t score goals. But they believe they will. Something doesn’t fit ihere.

Warshaw: 24 thoughts for 24 teams after Week 11 of the 2019 season | MLSsoccer.com
Are the Sounders getting stretched because of a lack of coordinated movement? Maybe.

USA

Choosing the USMNT Gold Cup roster - Stars and Stripes FC
No Sounders? Doubt it but this wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

ASN article: Three thoughts on the U.S. U-17s 3-0 win over Panama to clinch qualification
Includes some very high praise of Danny Leyva.

Has the USL found the way forward in soccer's concussion problem?
Two years in the making, the United Soccer League has proposed a rule that will change the way that world football deals with head injuries midgame.

Newcastle United player DeAndre Yedlin undergoes surgery - Chronicle Live
Newcastle Utd player DeAndre Yedlin has gone under the knife after missing the Magpies' defeat to Liverpool.

Megan Rapinoe, USWNT's 'walking protest,' on activism, kneeling, Trump
Megan Rapinoe calls herself a "walking protest," and she's always ready to speak her mind.

World

This is how the J-League plans to challenge Europe’s top football leagues by 2030 - World Football Summit

UEFA Investigators Set to Seek Manchester City’s Ban From Champions League - The New York Times
Manchester City, eager to add a Champions League trophy, could face a ban of at least a year from the competition for lying about violations of UEFA’s financial reporting rules.

So you want to watch Tottenham play in the Champions League final in Madrid? - Cartilage Free Captain
It would probably set you back at least $10,000 from Seattle.