Major Link soccer: USMNT RB Position "Cursed"

Cursed with good looks - Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Despite having Brad Evans and DeAndre Yedlin available, the state of the American Right Back is dire.

Seattle

Yesterday was the beginning of it all, the five-year anniversary of the Sounders' first-ever win in their first-ever match. Five years ago, the Rave Green flew down to the Home Depot Center and came home with a victory over the LA Galaxy. Remember it here.

DeAndre Yedlin is earning great reviews for his first US Mens National Team appearance (even if he is likely only in camp thanks to some unfortunate injuries... more on that later). Dylan Remick is also turning heads this preseason.

MLS

Seriously, we CANNOT spend a single WEEK without more Garber-damned expansion talk. Immediately after New York dropped, Orlando and Miami were immediately in a race. Both have now been confirmed, so we can take a break for a while, right? WRONG. *censored* WRONG. Reports are coming out that the Atlanta Falcons are pushing hard to make sure their new stadium has another tenant during Seahawksball's offseason. And that is FINE. Just confirm it now, and give us like two days before... I'm now being told that Minnesota and St. Louis are a lock for 2019. DAMN IT.

Speaking of confirmed expansion, Miami is not that. David Beckham is still under the gun to get a stadium deal in place, or his expansion team will be yanked out from under him like the Seattle Totems so many years ago. (seriously guys, Seattle should have had NHL hockey several decades ago). In the meantime, Fort Lauderdale is pretty much done building their own new stadium.

Eddie Johnson is filling a lawsuit against the Portland Timbers. Now that I have caught your attention, "Former Portland Timbers forward Eddie Johnson has filed a $9.9 million lawsuit" against the club, citing an improper protocol caring for his concussion symptoms.

Portland State University may be right oh Johnson's heels, as they find themselves getting effectively barred from holding events at Jeld-Wen Field. Their football program is attempting to schedule some special spring and fall games (one including ex-San Francisco 49ers players) but the group which organizes the park isn't allowing them for the possibility of football lines overlapping with Timbers games.

NWSL

The expansion Houston Dash have perhaps the slickest kits in North American football, certainly in the NWSL.

World

EA Sports has announced "FIFA World Cup 2014", the newest entry in their quadrennial offshoot of the club-based soccer videogame that is not at all responsible for broken controllers in this writer's household. Only Xbox 360 and PS3 have been announced so far, which is depressing for the Wii U owners among us. *sob*

Prosoccertalk is calling the USMNT's RB position "cursed", despite having two capable players from a single American club.

This blog post asks whether or not the NASL (and the New York Cosmos) could ever be brought up to the MLS levelin an ABA-style merger.

It has been two years since the Port Said incident, leading SC Freiburg to pay tribute to the victims.

For those of us still learning the Beautiful Game (like me), "The Score" has a few advanced soccer stats they think you'll want to understand.

Sepp Blatter was supposed to relinquish his FIFA presidency in 2016, saying he wasn't going to run again. Now, it appears things have changed.

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