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Major Link Soccer: Big Treble in Barcelona

Barcelona Femeni continue to collect silverware.

FC Barcelona V Levante UD - Copa De La Reina: Final Photo by Oscar J. Barroso / Europa Press Sports via Getty Images

OL Reign’s unbeaten run to start the season was ended by the Washington Spirit, but the Seattle Sounders drew and Tacoma Defiance’s game was postponed so they’re both still undefeated so far in 2021. Barcelona Femeni continue to put the world on notice as they stack up trophies, including winning the treble. The USMNT lost a friendly with Switzerland ahead of their Nations League final, and N’Golo Kante deserves all of the flowers.

Seattle/Tacoma

Hughes leaves behind a legacy of unrivaled success. Not for nothing, it’s good that the Storm’s new coach isn’t another white dude, as Noelle Quinn takes charge. Dan Hughes announces retirement from the WNBA - Seattle Storm

You’ve heard of farm-to-table - how aboutField to Table? Lumen FieldandSE Productions, a Seattle-based experience company, are bringing back theirdining series in SoDo that launched in February. Field to Table transforms the field into a “giant outdoor dining room,” where guests can enjoy a four-course meal from local chefs. Field to Table’s inaugural season sold out and served more than 5,000 guests. The summer series launches on June 2 and goes through June 18. 'Field to Table': Lumen Field's dining experience in SoDo is back this summer | Seattle Refined

Thunderbolts and lightning: very, very frightening.Tacoma Defiance's Sunday match at Austin Bold FC postponed due to inclement weather | Seattle Sounders FC

Hey, at least we’re still undefeated! Seattle Sounders play to scoreless home draw with Austin FC, head into international break atop Supporters’ Shield table | Seattle Sounders FC

The first Rose of the season, but this game will ultimately be remembered more for Karen Bardsley’s error on the goal and her injury. Match Recap: OL Reign Dealt First Loss of the Season by Spirit — OL REIGN: WE ARE THE BOLD

MLS/USL

Major League Soccer has handed Inter Miami CF a $2 million fine — the stiffest in MLS history — over violations of the league’s salary budget and roster regulations. Inter Miami gets MLS-record $2M fine, $2.2M cap hit over Designated Player dealings

This comes after MLS announces its findings in the Inter Miami investigation. Paul McDonough suspended until end of 2022 season, mutually parts ways with Atlanta United - Dirty South Soccer

The first schedule change due to a positive covid-19 test in 2021. Real Monarchs to Reschedule Match Against Hartford Athletic | Real Salt Lake

Galaxy take round one of the Cali Clasico. Be L.A.: LA Galaxy 1, San Jose Earthquakes 0 - LAG Confidential

Inter Miami are bad, folks. Ola Kamara strikes twice as D.C. United rolls past Inter Miami 3-0 on the road - Black And Red United

One play separated the teams in this one. Puzzle unsolved: Sacramento Republic 0, Phoenix Rising 1 - Indomitable City Soccer

The glass half full and half empty ways of looking at things. San Jose Earthquakes are better...and the rest of the West is good, too - Center Line Soccer

It was a night of firsts for Phoenix Rising FC on Saturday, as PRFC also recorded its first road win and clean sheet on the 2021 USL Championship campaign. Phoenix Rising gets 1st win away to Sacramento Republic in club history

NWSL/WoSo

There’s good reason to believe the move won’t happen—but it still shows a lack of thought and innovation from those in charge. Arsenal Women’s reported swap of Vivianne Miedema to Lyon is concerning - The Short Fuse

The National Women’s Soccer League, ordered by a judge Monday to temporarily lifts its age rule that requires players be at least 18 years, rejected the Thorns’ discovery claim for the 15-year-old player, her lawyer confirmed Friday. Portland Thorns make discovery claim for 15-year-old player Olivia Moultrie but National Women’s Soccer League rejects it - oregonlive.com

There are much worse ways to spend a couple hours of your Memorial Day. Liga MX Femenil Final match preview: Tigres UANL vs. Chivas de Guadalajara - FMF State Of Mind

This isn’t your usual “ugh, refs suck,” from Dames. NWSL officiating is a problem. Rory Dames blasts NWSL officiating – Just Women's Sports

I, for one, did not see Orlando becoming good. Orlando Pride rise to the ranks with second consecutive win

Barcelona are the truth, and they and their league deserve your respect and attention. Barcelona Femeni win Copa de la Reina to complete historic treble - Barca Blaugranes

USA

Neither the game nor the result that the USMNT would have hoped for. USA v. Switzerland 2-1, 2021 friendly recap - Stars and Stripes FC

World

While fans can afford to be sentimental about the players they love, clubs like Liverpool absolutely cannot when making decisions about the future. Sentimentality Versus Business — The Ugly Side Of The Beautiful Game - The Liverpool Offside

Zidane’s run(s) at Real Madrid were certainly something, even if his second stint in charge wasn’t quite as full of glory. The Zidane era was special - Managing Madrid

Welcome back Venezia, the last time they graced the top flight was also a disatrous season for Fiorentina. Miracolo a Venezia, A return to Serie A, where their last win came against Fiorentina - Viola Nation

How do referees prepare for the biggest game of the season? Refereeing the Champions League final: How do referees prepare for the biggest match of the season? - CBSSports.com

N’Golo Kante is, unquestionably, the most lovable men’s player in the world. N’Golo Kanté: the one-man midfield who conquered Europe for Chelsea | N'Golo Kanté | The Guardian

Give Kante the Nobel Peace Prize, too! It’s time to give N’Golo Kanté the Ballon d’Or - We Ain't Got No History