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Louisville’s Ebony Salmon is living up to expectations.

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The Puget Sound’s professional home teams had a tough go of it this weekend, but the University of Washington men’s team is on a historic run. With the end of the year - and the end of American soccer leagues’ seasons - approaching, eyes and minds are turning toward awards and accolades. At a minimum folks are getting contemplative, which means Ebony Salmon’s star turn in America is getting some well-deserved attention.

Seattle/Tacoma

Randy Mendoza was stabilized and stretchered off after taking a knee to the chin; hopefully he’s alright and fully recovers. Matchday Report: Sacramento, Tacoma End Scoreless Despite Late Chances

Seattle Mariners fans could finally have a streaming option available that’s not a total pain to deal with or pay for. MLB in talks to launch nationwide streaming service for home games

Josh Atencio, Danny Leyva and Leó Chú among the biggest snugs for this year’s 22 Under 22 according to MLSsoccer.com. Three Sounders named as biggest snubs for 22 Under 22 by MLSsoccer.com | Seattle Sounders

Pain. Taylor Aylmer scores beautiful chip in first NWSL start – JWS

The Huskies are still perfect through 12 games after a dominant win in Spokane. No. 2 Huskies Win Big Over Gonzaga - University of Washington Athletics

MLS/USL

Reed Baker Whiting among those named as top prospects. Nine future 22 Under 22 presented by BODYARMOR prospects to watch | MLSSoccer.com

Vincentian Ezra Hendrickson Shortlisted for MLS Head Coach Spot - Asberth News Network

LA Galaxy are no longer Waiting to Exhale, and so still their Hope Floats as they sit in one of the final playoff positions. "This is what we needed": LA Galaxy exhale after snapping winless skid | MLSSoccer.com

NWSL/WoSo

Amanda Vandervort, president of a professional second division, sets out her vision at a difficult time for the sport. New Super League sets out to make US women’s soccer safer and better | Soccer | The Guardian

Fifa evacuated 100 refugees from Afghanistan, including 20 women football players. Fifa evacuates 100 refugees from Kabul including women football players | The Independent

The nonprofit has a new partnership with Adidas and hopes to use it to get more Black women and girls involved in soccer. NWSL's Black Women's Player Collective on new parternships – The Athletic

Social CBD was plagued by lawsuits, layoffs and rape accusations against the brand’s former CEO. Portland Thorns players tape over controversial sponsor’s logo - oregonlive.com

Regardless of supposed impact score or any other made-up stat, Ebony Salmon’s impact in NWSL is undeniable. England Women's Ebony Salmon on her move to Racing Louisville | England Football

In both post-game availability and on social media, NC Courage players have been very open about their support of Sean Nahas and the job he has done as interim head. NC Courage players back interim coach Nahas for permanent hire | Sports | technicianonline.com

End of the year awards are hit-or-miss at best, but they’re consistently a total mess in the women’s game. It’s award season and the bile is, once more, rising in my throat - All For XI

You hate to see it. Thorns clinch second-ever NWSL Shield with 1-0 victory in Houston - Stumptown Footy

The best sporting tournament in the world is the Champions League. The Uefa Women’s Champions League. UWCL Matchday Two Round Up: The top teams show up and show out - All For XI

World

So your boss just lost his job... What it is really like as a player when you know your manager is doomed | Soccer | The Guardian

Seems like it’s an objective failure on everyone responsible for protecting the integrity of the sport that the Newcastle United takeover happened. Risking death to tell the truth: Saudi Arabia's LGBT+ community – The Athletic

Mo Salah is performing like the best player in the Premier League right now, so how’s he doing it? Rest, right-side connection, mentality: Lijnders on how Salah has become 'unstoppable' for Liverpool – The Athletic

What’s on TV today?

10:00 AM - Deportivo Alavés vs Real Betis (La Liga) - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Venezia vs Fiorentina (Serie A) - Paramount+

12:00 PM - Arsenal vs Crystal Palace (Premier League) - Peacock

4:00 PM - São Paulo vs Corinthians (Brasileirão) - Paramount+