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Noteworthy links from Stumptown and the rest of the web on 5/05/16.

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From the Wide World of Soccer:

Borrowing from the European model, LA Galaxy opens the first club affiliated full-time high school academy. I can't wait for the zany 21 Jump Street antics to begin once a 39-year-old Arjen Robben, and 42-year-old Miroslav Klose are enrolled in a few years. [LA Times]

FC Cincinnati continues to draw big crowds. [Cincinnati.com]

Giovanni Dos Santos snaps his $250 fine letter from MLS; somewhere in the distance, Yo Gotti is heard muttering that he's doing it wrong. [Imgur][Goal.com]

Real Madrid defeated Man City yesterday, so once again, we get a Madrid derby for the UEFA Champions League Final. [Deadspin]

Right in Stumptown:

Jamie B. has the all-important training roundup with some interesting bits on Asprilla. [Oregon Live]

Molly Blue does the same with the Thorns (minus the bits about Asprilla). [Oregon Live]

Did you know that Diego Valeri is the only player to score two free-kick goals this season? Well, if obscure (and not particularly illuminating) facts are your cup of tea, the Timber's website has you covered. [Timbers.com]

86 Forever conducted a mini interview with Whitecaps and Timbers supporter group leaders to discuss rivalry kinship. [86 Forever]

Whitecaps striker Kekuta Manneh has been suspended for this weeks match against Timbers. [MLS]

VAVEL takes as trip down memory lane, and has a piece on the history behind Timbers Joey and Jim. [VAVEL]

Yesterday was the Sueno MLS final, with winners announced on May 22nd; to commemorate this, Jon Arnold takes a look back at the original Sueno, our beloved Jorge.  [MLS]

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Feel free to discuss these and any other soccer-related stories in the comments below. If there are any links that you think would be of interest to the wider community, let me know and I'll be happy to update the post.