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It wasn’t a great weekend for soccer in the Puget Sound

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Sports can be pretty frustrating, especially on a weekend when all of the local professional teams lose. At least no one got hurt? I mean, it could be worse. There’s still the Iron Front ban going on, but at least there aren’t multiple high-profile racist incidents coming out of American soccer leagues every week. We can’t say the same for the rest of the soccer world, though, sadly.

Seattle/Tacoma

Local mom sells scarves to help kick childhood cancer for daughter, all kids | KOMO
The morning rush to catch the school bus in the O’Connell household is probably like most other homes. Mom, Christine, tells her daughters Jane and Kate to put their shoes on and grab their backpacks.

Rapinoe started, which is nice! Reign FC shutout by Sky Blue FC in Loss — REIGN FC: THE BOLD

Fresh off of national team duty with one Haiti team and onto another one. Denso Ulysse Called Into Haitian U-23 National Team
Denso Ulysse to report for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier on September 22 vs. Barbados. He has appeared in 14 games for Tacoma Defiance this season in USL Championship

Don’t look now, but AOC is heating up. Tacoma Defiance Drops Decision at Portland Timbers 2 - Tacoma Defiance
Roldan, Dhillon and Ocampo-Chavez each scored for Tacoma; Defiance next returns home to take on Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday, September 28 (7:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+).

You watched the game, you don’t need to relive it. Seattle Sounders suffer 2-0 defeat on the road against D.C. United | Seattle Sounders FC
The Seattle Sounders fell 2-0 to D.C. United at Audi Field on Sunday behind goals either side of halftime from Lucas Rodríguez and Frédéric Brillant.

MLS/USL

Iron Front ban: Fans want change from MLS as protests grow
Supporters of the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers met with MLS on Thursday but remain frustrated by an issue that wasn't an issue until the league stepped in.

The injury looked pretty bad, but Martinez may not miss as much time as initially feared. Josef Martinez injury could be serious, fears Atlanta United coach Frank de Boer | MLSsoccer.com
UPDATE, 5 pm ET Sunday: ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman gave Atlanta fans some reason for optimism about Martinez's situation on Sunday, as he tweeted out the following: #UniteAndConquer more confident after 24hrs that the Josef Martinez injury may not be as bad as initially feared. Waiting for pain to subside to then fully assess.

Was this a weird result? It seems like a weird result.New York Red Bulls 2, Philadelphia Union 0 | 2019 MLS Match Recap | MLSsoccer.com
A day after clinching their 10th straight playoff berth, the New York Red Bulls made a big move for their playoff positioning. On Sunday night at Red Bull Arena, Tom Barlow scored the decisive goal to lift the Red Bulls to a 2-0 victory over the rival Philadelphia Union, who earlier in the weekend clinched a home playoff game for the first time since 2011.

Dallas just won’t go away, will they? FC Dallas 1, New York City FC 1 | 2019 MLS Match Recap | MLSsoccer.com
Valentin Castellanos scored a golazo less than a minute after the opening kickoff, but FC Dallas fought back from that very early deficit to dig out a 1-1 home draw vs. New York City FC on Sunday at Toyota Stadium.

Not the kind of record you want to set, so enjoy a little bit of schadenfreude. Timbers, Loons break MLS record by combining for 49 shots, no goals | MLSsoccer.com
The Portland Timbers and Minnesota United FC combined for the most shots without a goal in MLS history.

LAFC 1, Toronto FC 1 | 2019 MLS Match Recap | MLSsoccer.com
Carlos Vela converted from the penalty spot deep into second-half stoppage time for his MLS leading 29th goal of the season to help LAFC salvage a 1-1 draw against Toronto FC at Banc of California on Saturday night.

The legendary LA rapper takes some time to talk about a few of his loves. 'I'm a Bud Light and Vegan Tacos Guy': Murs Speaks Out on His Love of Soccer and the LA Galaxy - Urban Pitch

The Washington native returned to his first pro team with RSL this weekend. Returning to New England, RSL's Kelyn Rowe reflects on disappointing 2019 | MLSsoccer.com
After spending seven successful and memorable seasons with the New England Revolution to start his career, the stability Kelyn Rowe had grown accustomed to has completely vanished since the end of last season.

Once a Barça boy wonder, Bojan Krkic is trying to find himself in Montreal – The Athletic
After failed stints at Stoke, Roma, Ajax and elsewhere, Bojan is looking mainly for comfort with his move to MLS

Just like that, the streak ended. Phoenix finally lost a game as they fell to Fresno. Fresno FC vs Phoenix Rising FC

The former Boca Juniors prospect is taking his talents to South Beach. Inter Miami CF signs U.S youth international George Acosta - Stars and Stripes FC
The talented youngster is heading to MLS

NWSL

Sam Kerr probably haunts the dreams of every defender in women’s soccer around the globe. Sam Kerr breaks NWSL scoring record in Chicago Red Stars playoff-clinching win over Washington Spirit | Pro Soccer USA
Sam Kerr scored twice and broke her own NWSL single-season scoring record in a 3-1 Chicago Red Stars win against the Washington Spirit.

NC Courage clinch third straight NWSL Shield after win over Utah :: WRALSportsFan.com
The North Carolina Courage clinched their third-consecutive NWSL Shield on Saturday night with a 3-0 win over Utah Royals FC at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

All For XI stay doing god’s work. They took a look at Harvey’s tweets. Analyzing Laura Harvey’s game day tweets - All For XI
A pattern has emerged.

USA

With her induction into the US Soccer Hall of Fame, it’s a good time to look back on Abby Wambach’s career. Farewell to the G.O.A.T. | By Christie Pearce Rampone
Long-time teammates Christie Rampone and Megan Rapinoe wrote about what they'll remember most about Abby.

At least this idea would give folks a reason to watch. Nations League: USMNT should cap-tie young talents with games | SI.com
With the ability to secure the long-term commitments of some of its top young, dual-national talents while also exposing up-and-coming players to senior competition with stakes that aren't the highest, the U.S. should take advantage of the opportunity being presented by the Nations League.

Do you know of any teams that could use a new coach? USWNT coach Ellis open to men's game switch
United States women's World Cup winning coach Jill Ellis has said she is not ruling out a switch to the men's game.

Presumably everyone above them did worse? USMNT moves up to 21st in FIFA World Rankings - Stars and Stripes FC
Despite recent poor performances, the USMNT is still moving up.

How Abby Wambach made me change the way I loved soccer - All For XI
On Abby Wambach and the hall of fame: when you’re an icon and a human being at the same time

World

Leagues Cup triumph huge for Cruz Azul, but tournament still a work in progress
Everyone will celebrate a trophy but still more needs to be done for the trophy to matter.

As someone who was raised to love the Mariners, I felt this in my chest. Please Be Kinder To Shitty Teams, Sports Games
I got to choose a lot of things in my life. My job, my wife, my friends, my dog—all have been good and wonderful. Some things, though, I have been born into, and supporting Aston Villa Football Club is sadly one of them.

It’s like the soccer equivalent of cold brew coffee. Soccer at the Edge of the World - The New York Times
Greenland crowns its national champion in the shortest season on earth, a year’s worth of matches, injuries, controversies and celebrations crammed into a single week.

Sometimes VAR feels like a drag, but this seems like some cry baby nonsense from the NYCFC legend. VAR 'changes atmosphere' at matches - Lampard
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said that VAR "changes the atmosphere" of matches after his side saw a goal disallowed in their loss to Liverpool.

Sources: Barca stars lose confidence in Valverde
A number of players have begun to lose confidence in Ernesto Valverde following Barca's disappointing start to the season, sources have told ESPN.

Solskjaer: Rashford could be out 'for a while'
Marcus Rashford could be sidelined for a while after suffering a groin injury during Manchester United's 2-0 defeat to West Ham.

You absolutely love to see it. Granada stun Barcelona to move top of La Liga - BBC Sport
Promoted side Granada stun champions Barcelona 2-0 to move top of La Liga.

At least this is more than just words? I hope? AC Milan to launch anti-racism initiative before Inter derby - BBC Sport
AC Milan will launch an anti-racism task force at this weekend's derby against Inter in response to a number of racist incidents in recent weeks.

It looks like the teenage phenom is one step closer to representing Spain. Ansu Fati: Barcelona forward granted Spanish citizenship - BBC Sport
Barcelona's Ansu Fati is granted Spanish citizenship paving they way for him to play for them at international level, though he remains eligible for Guinea-Bissau and Portugal.

If you want to avoid misunderstandings or punishment, I would recommend not doing racist stuff. FA looking into tweet posted by Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva | Football | The Guardian
The FA is looking into a tweet Bernardo Silva posted in reference to his team-mate Benjamin Mendy on Sunday

Fifa World Cup report shows women’s game has grown technically and tactically | Suzanne Wrack | Football | The Guardian
Fifa’s Technical Study Group report into the World Cup suggests women’s football is becoming a more exciting game

From Oxford Utd to war-torn Kashmir: ‘It’s not your typical football loan move’ | Football | The Guardian
Kashif Siddiqi will join the region’s top club, Real Kashmir – after addressing the UN

Things aren’t exactly getting better on the racism front in Italy. Racist chants prompt brief suspension in Serie A game | SI.com
Racist chants prompted a brief suspension during an Italian league soccer match between Atalanta and Fiorentina on Sunday.

No one likes getting dunked on. Ben Foster admits he was happy to be only 5-0 down at half-time as Man City inflict 'carnage' on Watford
Ben Foster was trying his best to communicate, trying to funnel messages through to his Watford team-mates, anything that might help to slow momentarily the siege but it was a futile exercise.

The world is a better place when Mario Balotelli is playing soccer and getting up to shenanigans. Balotelli: 'Never trained so hard' | Football Italia
Mario Balotelli can make his Brescia debut against Juventus on Tuesday.

Culture/non-soccer stuff

How Washington state plans to create the world’s largest hybrid-powered, auto-carrying ferries – GeekWire
The world’s maritime industry is beginning to transition from air-fouling, climate-warming diesel fuel to cleaner energy — and Washington state’s ferry fleet is getting on board. The state Department of Transportation is putting together a deal to convert three of its largest ferries into…

Watching soccer this weekend mostly sucked. Cleanse your brain with the best looks from the Emmys red carpet. Emmys 2019 Red Carpet: All The Dresses & Fashion Tonight | Vogue
The 2019 Emmy Awards—which will air sans host this year, a la 2019 Oscars—takes place in Los Angeles, California tonight, and airs on FOX.

What’s on today

11:30 AM - Wolfsburg vs. Hoffenheim (Bundesliga) - Fox Sports 2

2:00 PM - Pumas UNAM vs. Atletico San Luis (Liga MX Femenil) - TUDN

4:00 PM - Toluca vs. Guadalajara (Liga MX Femenil) - TUDN

6:00 PM - Tigres UANL vs. Tijuana (Liga MX Femenil) - TUDN