Major Link Soccer: Death of Queens, ESPN vs NBC

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If you're free Wednesday at noon, be sure to tune into Ian Darke's live chat on the Seattle Times Sounders blog.

Expanding without having a long term plan for a team can be problematic. It has been assumed for some time that NYCFC would move to new Queens digs after spending some time in Yankee Stadium. But the Queens proposal that the league has been working on for some time appears good and over. Queens native Don Garber is likely devastated by the news, but this could potentially be a good thing. Maybe it will cause the league to take another look at the old Pier 40 idea on Manhattan.

Kasey Keller has been filling in as an Assistant Goalkeeper Coach for a few days, and will take on the same position for the USMNT in the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup. He talks to Joshua Mayers about it. MLSsoccer thinks Jurgen Klinsmann will trot out a few new wrinkles for the tournament. Tuesday's results included an utter stomping when the States won 6-1 ("WondoWlowski" with a hat trick, earning an extra W in his name) over Belize, and Costa Rica laid three on Cuba in a shutout.

Martins didn't puncture the scorecard on Saturday, but his performance a week ago earned him a spot on the Team of the Week.

NBC Sports took on MLS games a year and a half ago, and their soccer audience has done nothing but grow since the start. In the same time frame, ESPN's MLS viewership has dropped dramatically. Sounds fine to me; NBC actually puts effort into their broadcasts. And into their advertising, if this Times Square ad for their EPL coverage is any indication.

I won't be able to make it myself (I expect to be working if I'm healthy enough to do so) but the Seattle Times will be hosting a chat with ESPN's Ian Darke. Would someone be so kind as to ask him why it's called "Bangers and Mash"?

Alain Rochat was the best left back in MLS for two years with the Vancouver Whitecaps, but a few weeks ago we reported on his trade to DC United. He didn't linger long, as he was flipped to Switzerland's BSC Young Boys for a pretty sweet transfer fee. Trade Winner: United.

Sepp Blatter is interested in relieving the difficulties that Palestinian athletes run into at border crossings with Israel. Getting from one part of Palestine to another can be difficult in the current political climate.

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