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It’s an incredibly busy day of soccer, with two games locally tonight, plus a metric crap-ton of UEFA Champions League, college and USL matches airing throughout the day for those of you who want to watch nothing but soccer from sunrise to bedtime. Catch up on the news of the day during breaks in the action, including a lawsuit over Mike Petke’s firing from RSL, questions for the Fire’s new owner, and Jesse Marsch and RB Salzburg on a hot streak to start their season.

Seattle

INTERVIEW: Seattle Sounders FC, Athletic Trainer, Sheila Tatsunami | NORTH AMERICAN POST
This Japanese woman is praised as “the best” by many top soccer athletes. Introducing Sheila Tatsunami, the athletic trainer for Seattle Sounders FC.

Defiantly Tacoma: Idris Joyce and Roxy Magno | We R Tacoma
Krownless Kings inspires young Tacoma artists.

Unless you’re a goalkeeper, that is. Soccer players do an awful lot of running | Seattle Times
Players run 7-9 miles per game and reach speeds of 10 meters per second.

Power Rankings: Sounders up to No. 4 | MLSsoccer.com
They seem to be in pole position for the No. 2 seed in the West.

MLS / USL

Kareem-Abdul Jabbar has some thoughts on the MLS ban on the Iron Front flag. Banning fans’ free speech is not consistent with our vision of sport. Or democracy | The Guardian

Among the highlights (?): the pitch-invading cat is a fundamental part of the complaint. Mike Petke’s lawsuit against Real Salt Lake, explained - RSL Soapbox
Petke claims to be owed nearly $700,000 in unpaid salary.

Landon Donovan prepares for his next soccer adventure as general manager of the new club, and one of his first steps might be to hire himself as their inaugural coach. Second-division USL team in San Diego prepares to start in 2020 | The San Diego Union-Tribune

Now it’s the Union owners’ turn to help seal their team’s best season | Jonathan Tannenwald
The Union are about to play their three final road games of the season, all in a span of eight days. Multiple sources confirmed that the team will fly commercial the whole way instead of purchasing charter flights.

One year on from #SaveTheCrew, tangible progress in ensuring the team remains a cultural cornerstone of Columbus for years to come. Columbus Crew announce details to downtown stadium groundbreaking event | Massive Report
The groundbreaking for the new Columbus Crew stadium will be open to the public.

The Top 3 Questions Joe Mansueto Must Answer As New Owner | Hot Time In Old Town
We’re still on the Mansueto high from last weekend, but reality is starting to set in, and we have some questions.

Chicago Fire re-brand? New owner Joe Mansueto has his say | MLSsoccer.com
Much of the off-field discussion around the Chicago Fire has focused on their stadium situation and the possibility of a re-brand, including a name change.

Q&A with new Chicago Fire owner Joe Mansueto: ‘I love our fan base…but we need more of them.’ – The Athletic ($)
New owner Joe Mansueto likes the Fire name and thinks playing at Soldier Field will help the team’s brand.

No. Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic really the best-ever in MLS history? Our staff weighs in | MLSsoccer.com
But is Zlatan really the best-ever to play in MLS? After all, the league has been around since 1996 and former FIFA Ballon D’Or and World Cup winners have suited up for various teams.

Perhaps the fact that you have to really hunt for it on an obscure streaming service is what makes it more special? Greg Vanney: Canadian Championship more special than U.S. Open Cup | MLSsoccer.com
After four rounds of action, the two left standing are Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact, old foes, set to meet once more in a two-legged clash that gets underway at Stade Saputo on Wednesday night.

World soccer

The alternative punishment would be a fine of €300. No, that’s not a typo. Barcelona could face one match behind close doors due to “Antoine Griezmann case” | Barca Blaugranes
The punishment would stem from irregularities in his signing due to Barcelona making initial contact with Griezmann before they were contractually allowed to.

Norwich showed what’s possible for Premier League underdogs who want to play daring soccer | SBNation.com
If the Canaries’ strategy of passing out of the back works, it’ll probably change how small budget Premier League clubs play in the future.

Jesse Marsch: American coach making Champions League history | SI.com
From an American perspective, Jesse Marsch’s quest with RB Salzburg is one of the most intriguing Champions League stories in recent memory, but he has quite a challenge ahead in a group that features Liverpool and Napoli.

Assorted nerdery

Taco left inside book at La Porte County library goes viral
A former Indiana librarian’s tweet of a taco left inside a book went viral Saturday. The story behind the photo is legendary.

Dungeons & Dragons’ new prequel story involves 7 actual-play podcasts | Polygon
Dungeons & Dragons’ next adventure is kicking off with seven different podcasts from seven different actual-play groups. Here’s how to get up to speed with Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus.

If you can’t get enough of D&D or MTG and have some skill with a camera, this might be the position for you. Jobs - Senior Video Producer | Wizards of the Coast

What’s on TV?

9:55 AM: Club Brugge vs. Galatsaray (UEFA Champions League) — Galavision, B/R Live

9:55 AM: Olympiakos Piraeus vs. Tottenham Hotspur (UEFA CL) — TUDN, B/R Live

12:00 PM: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Real Madrid (UEFA CL) — TUDN, B/R Live

12:00 PM: Bayern Munich vs. Crvena Zvezda (UEFA CL) — B/R Live

12:00 PM: Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Manchester City (UEFA CL) — B/R Live

12:00 PM: Dinamo Zagreb vs. Atalanta (UEFA CL) — B/R Live

12:00 PM: Atletico Madrid vs. Juventus (UEFA CL) — Galavision, B/R Live

12:00 PM: Bayer Leverkusen vs. Lokomotiv Moscow (UEFA CL) — B/R Live

4:00 PM: Ottawa Fury vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL Championship) — ESPN+

4:30 PM: Bethlehem Steel vs. Loudoun United (USL Championship) — ESPN+

4:30 PM: Atlanta United II vs. Charleston Battery (USL Championship) — ESPN+

4:30 PM: FC Cincinnati vs. Atlanta United (MLS) — ESPN+

5:00 PM: Saint Louis FC vs. New York Red Bulls II (USL Championship) — ESPN3, ESPN+

7:00 PM: Reign FC vs. Utah Royals FC (NWSL) — Yahoo Sports

7:30 PM: Portland Timbers vs. New York Red Bulls (MLS) — ESPN+

7:30 PM: Seattle Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas (MLS) — JOEtv, YouTube TV, ESPN+

7:30 PM: Cruz Azul vs. Tigres UANL (Leagues Cup) — ESPN2

7:30 PM: Fresno FC vs. Rio Grande Valley (USL Championship) — ESPN+

Plus over a dozen men’s and women’s NCAA college soccer games starting at 10 AM on ESPN3 and ESPN+.