Major Link Soccer: Boston tragedy hits MLS

Four months ago Matt Reis was helping bring joy to people affected by the Newton tragedy. Now, he's in the news related to the Boston tragedy. - USA TODAY Sports

There is other news around MLS Monday, but none as important as the tragedy in Boston. Several soccer personalities found themselves tossed into the national event, but none as suddenly as Matt Reis.

It's sad but perhaps true that it sometimes takes a tragedy to put things in perspective. Monday's bombings in Boston were a true catastrophe tied to a sporting event, and though it was running not soccer, it had an impact on the soccer world. First, and saddest, Revolution keeper Matt Reis' father-in-law was one of the many injured in the blasts (Soccer America). He was apparently in the area Reis' wife was running the marathon. Many of the members of the NWSL Boston Breakers side were also apparently in the area, but as of last reports all had checked in OK. (ProSoccerTalk) Meanwhile, many MLS and American soccer players weighed in with "thoughts and prayers" for the victims and the people of Boston, because, well, what else can we all do in such situations? (ProSoccerTalk)

Speaking of stupid and sad violence, a Timbers fan reported to police that he was attacked and his car vandalized after he held up his scarf at a group of Earthquakes fans last weekend (KGW.com). Police still gathering information.

LA Galaxy fans are abuzz this week after Arlo White reported on the game this weekend that Galaxy coach Bruce Arena told him to expect an announcement soon of a new DP (LAG Confidential). The British press has added to the speculation with a report that Frank Lampard has postponed his planned June wedding, with most saying it's because of his "uncertain football future." One paper ties the postponement to an increased financial offer from Galaxy (Daily Star).

And finally, some good news as MLS average attendance ticked up a bit last weekend (about 2 percent), thanks probably to holding three Cascadia home matches in one weekend, and Dallas' annual attendance surge when the Galaxy come calling (Business of Soccer).

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