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Major Link Soccer: Timbers close in on Argentinian striker Brian Fernandez

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The DP would reportedly cost $10-12 million to sign. Also: How Jill Ellis is building her World Cup squad, and Manchester City is worth multiple billions.

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Puget Sound

Aubrey Bledsoe stars as Washington Spirit, Reign FC battle to 0-0 draw - Black And Red United
An intense game full of chances somehow ended up goalless.

Mercer Island High School retires jersey of Sounders star Jordan Morris | The Seattle Times
Morris broke the school record for points in a season and led the Islanders to a second-place finish at state.

Soccer has taken newest HGP signing all around the world | Seattle Sounders FC
Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez has a lot of experience in big games for a 17-year-old.

Coach Chris Little on Ocampo-Chavez Advancement
AOC's First Team contract is not the end of his development with Tacoma Defiance.

Major League Soccer

Here’s what we know about Cory Burke’s work-visa issues - Brotherly Game
Sporting Director Ernst Tanner made a bombshell announcement about the status of Jamaican striker Cory Burke on Friday.

Antoine Griezmann On Atletico Madrid Playing In MLS All-Star Game
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann discusses his club's recently announced trip to play in the 2019 MLS All-Star Game as well as the chance he could play in MLS some day.

Timbers sign Argentine DP Brian Fernandez from Necaxa – The Athletic ($)
The 24-year-old is second in Liga MX scoring this season but has a spotty disciplinary record

Report: Portland Timbers close club-record deal for FW Brian Fernandez | MLSsoccer.com
For a rumored $10-12 million fee.

Whitecaps not investing big? That’s OK — Dos Santos wants to invest himself in his players | The Province
It's like a long subtweet of Carl Robinson.

MLS Power Ranking Averages - Week 9 - RSL Soapbox
Sounders still at No. 3.

MLS academies lock down players | Top Drawer Soccer ($)
MLS academies met with families this week and presented them with a contract regarding training compensation rights.

FC Cincinnati: Jeff Berding says of stadium fights: ‘It’s bulls---’
Cincinnati’s effort to build a stadium is hitting some roadblocks.

USL

USL Announces Participating Clubs for Inaugural USL Academy Cup

United States

‘What if?’ guided Ellis in final USWNT roster choices – Equalizer Soccer

U.S. women need Rose Lavelle, new generation in World Cup run
Jill Ellis needed to add a new generation of talent to field a team capable of winning back-to-back World Cups. It wasn't an easy path for Rose Lavelle.

Costigan & Cal FC Keen to Crash Gates Again - U.S. Soccer
Amateurs Cal FC, authors of one of the biggest underdog runs in recent U.S. Open Cup memory, are back for the 2019 edition and hungry for more.

News & Culture

How Mapping Shots In The NBA Changed It Forever | FiveThirtyEight
Kirk Goldsberry's new book examines the changing NBA landscape.

King County's Trailhead Direct Is Back | Seattle Magazine
After a successful season in 2018, the bus service returns with access to more trails

Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew dies aged 74 - BBC News
The Star Wars actor, who played a Wookiee warrior, died at his home in Texas, his family says.

The best tabletop RPGs in 2019 - your adventure begins here | GamesRadar+
Host a campaign or an impromptu one-shot with the best tabletop RPGs out there.

The secret YouTube plot to kill Internet Explorer 6 - The Verge
YouTube engineers secretly hatched a plot to kill off Internet Explorer 6. It started with a browser warning that they added to YouTube, and the warning spread across Google properties leading to IE6 traffic plummeting

World

9 reasons the Caster Semenya ruling is complete nonsense - SBNation.com
The ruling against Caster Semenya was discriminatory and arbitrary, and revealed how backwards sports’ governing bodies can be.

A Horrific Canadian Soccer Story – The Story No One Wants to Listen To, But Everyone Needs to Hear – Essays on Life
A personal account of the disturbing history of Canadian women’s NT/Whitecaps soccer.

Valencia condemns their racist fans, then attempt to blame Arsenal supporters for it all - The Short Fuse
Racist language and gestures are the fault of others, says the La Liga club.

Young, gifted and African: The changing face of Australian soccer
The children of the African diaspora are breaking through in the A-league and the Socceroos, and are changing the face of the Australian game.

Waiting for Protocol - SBNation.com
A tragicomedy in one half.

Manchester City Top Of Premier League, Now Most Valuable Club - Bitter and Blue
£2.364 billion is a lot of money.