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Major Link Soccer: Thiago Almada gets league hype

There’s lots of soccer to watch this weekend. I suggest spending time with six free MLS matches, one free NWSL match and the Tacoma Stars shot at making the playoffs.

MLS: Portland Timbers at Atlanta United FC Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


A New Home for Eighty Six Forever – The Third Sub

Thoughts & Numbers: What I'm watching for in MLS Matchday 6 |
Full rosters are back this weekend now that the international date is in the books. Onward we march!

MVP Power Rankings: Almada, Klauss & Morris emerge as frontrunners |
Thiago Almada is MLSs clear frontrunner and I feel like I'm taking crazy pills

2023 Generation adidas Cup: Teams, players & games to watch |
As usual, Seattle is not listed as an Academy to watch - the Sounders just win trophies, develop national teamers and first team talent. Not an Academy to watch at all.

other men’s club soccer

USL Watchability Tiers, 2023
What teams play the most watchable soccer?


MATCH PREVIEW: Gotham FC to Host Home Opener vs. OL Reign on April 1 at Red Bull Arena (7:30 p.m. ET)

Angel City FC want to add wins to NWSL success story | Pro Soccer Wire
Angel City FC has made a big impact in its early NWSL story, with high community engagement and celebrity owners. Now it wants to add wins.

Ted Lasso (TV actor Jason Sudeikis) wears KC Current shirt | The Kansas City Star
A Kansas City native coaching soccer in England and an Englishman coaching soccer in Kansas City? There are certainly some parallels between Ted Lasso and the KC Current’s Matt Potter.

other women’s club soccer

Chelsea into WCL semi-finals after dramatic penalty win against Lyon | The Guardian
Chelsea’s dreams of a first Champions League title are still alive after they beat the defending champions, Lyon, on penalties in dramatic fashion in the quarterfinal.

United States national teams

Returning players, tactics, and leadership from the USMNT | US Soccer Players
Charles Boehm looks at the contributions of Ricardo Pepi and Miles Robinson and changing tactics under interim coach Anthony Hudson in March.

Tamacas, Pepi, Reid and Larin headline CNL League A Best XI
The 2022-23 Concacaf Nations League group stage has come to an end for the 12 teams involved in League A. There were many great performances during the March window of games, yet these 11 players stood out the most at their respective positions.

other international soccer

Women's World Cup 2023: Herve Renard appointed France head coach after leaving Saudi Arabia post - BBC Sport
Herve Renard will lead France at the Women's World Cup this summer following his resignation from Saudi Arabia's men's team.

Tears, Anger as Indonesia Loses U20 World Cup, Faces FIFA Sanctions – The Diplomat
Indonesians are in an uproar after rejection of the Israeli team cost their country its chance to host a global football tournament.

Open Flavor Friday

Here Are the 2023 James Beard Award Finalists From Seattle - Eater Seattle
Pho Bac’s Yenvy and Quynh-Vy Pham, Belltown bar Rob Roy, and Archipelago’s Aaron Verzosa are up for major prizes.

James Beard Awards 2023: Restaurant and Chef Finalists - Eater
Here are the 2023 nominees for outstanding chef, emerging chef, and more.

We Are the Green: G. Willow Wilson Talks Poison Ivy, Lazarus Planet and More | DC
So, Ivy ends up in Seattle, and she's given a helping hand. The soccer fan who helps her is holding a striped blue and green scarf. Could Poison Ivy be a Seattle Sounders fan now?

Honor Among Thieves is everything Dungeons & Dragons fans hoped for - Polygon
A spoiler-free first look at the Dungeons & Dragons movie digs into how much it feels like a real campaign, from Neverwinter and Baldur’s Gate to the worldbuilding and spellcasting. In theaters March 31.

Best part of D&D Direct? The new player onboarding site | Full Moon Storytelling
It just got a lot easier to learn how to play D&D. Wizards of the Coast's new player onboarding site simplifies the choices and offers several free paths to play for those who have yet to roll dice and tell stories of fellowship together.

What to watch this weekend

It is very rude of the NWSL and MLS to have Seattle’s two teams playing at exactly the same time.


5:06 pm PT — Tijuana women vs Santos Laguna in Liga MX Femenil on ESPN Deportes, ESPN+

7:20 pm PT — Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

8:00 pm PT — Juárez men vs Puebla in Liga MX play on ESPN Deportes, ESPN+


7:00 am PT — Arsenal men vs Leeds United in Premier League play on USA Network, and Universo

9:30 am PT — Bayern München men vs Borussia Dortmund in Bundesliga play on ABC, ESPN+

9:50 am PT — Kansas City Current vs Portland Thorns in NWSL play on CBS

11:00 am PT — Pumas UNAM women vs Monterrey in Liga MX Femenil play on ViX

4:30 pm PT — NJ/NY Gotham FC vs OL Reign in NWSL play on Fox 13+ in Seattle and Paramount+

4:30 pm PT — LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders FC in MLS play on FOX and Apple TV (free)

7:00 pm PT — San Diego Sockers vs Tacoma Stars in MASL play on Twitch. With a point or more the Stars make the postseason. With a win and help they can take the third seed.

7:30 pm PT — Phoenix Rising vs San Diego Loyal in USL Championship play on ESPN+


8:30 am PT — Newcastle United men vs Manchester United in Premier League play on USA Network, Universo and

11:45 am PT — Napoli men vs Milan in Serie A play on Paramount+

11:45 am PT — PSG men vs Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1 play on Fanatiz and beIn Sports

7:00 pm PT — Tacoma Defiance vs Real Monarchs in MLS Next Pro play at Starfire Sports and MLS Season Pass (not free)

This is your weekend open thread

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