Since I was slacking earlier this week, here are some random news & notes from around the soccer world:

- Grant Wahl has a piece on Marta and the Flash in the latest issue of SI.

- Ali Riley and the Flash have some Royal Wedding fun.

- Is Orlando now in the lead to land MLS club #20? Steve Donner trying to take a team to MLS. Where have I heard that one before?

- The USWNT played a little rugby at practice.

- MLS continues their behind the scenes look at FC Dallas in 2011.

- Fake Sigi looks at the perils of worrying about soccer attendance too much.

- Etienne Barbara is the NASL Player of the Month for April.

- Ali Gerba misses a sitter and it helped Vancouver advance in the NCC.

- This video of Barca's off the ball movement is beatiful to watch. And here are the highlights of the second leg of the Barca-Real Madrid Champions League Semifinal clash.

- Pachuca has put their entire roster on the transfer block. Ouch!

- SJ advanced past Portland in US Open Cup qualifying.

- In a stunner, Abby was a part of the winning team in a game of crossbar at USWNT practice.

- The USWNT team camp is smaller this week with Flash & Sky Blue FC players not heading to Florida for the week since they play here tomorrow night.

- American Zak Whitbread might be headed to the EPL after Norwich City gained promotion.

- I wonder if Toronto FC might field a WPS team in the future? Vancouver has had a quality women's team. WPS would do really well to get both of those markets into the league.

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