Major Link Soccer: FIFA "Seriously" Considering Qatar Breakup

Zach Scott. Defender. Author. Sounder. - Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Spor

It's looking more likely that the 2022 World Cup could be moving

Seattle

Zach Scott is taking a page out of the Richard Sherman playbook, becoming a columnist with Soccerly. Scott argues that there is something to be said for preseason momentum going into the games that count.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Alan Hinton has been unceremoniously dropped from the Sounders gameday broadcast. I can't say I knew of anyone who wanted him out, and it is very disappointing to see he won't be part of the Sounders' 40th anniversary. Maybe the Sounders FO isn't a fan of Jeopardy*.

*also known as phrasing everything in the form of a question?

The Evergreen Premier League has released a schedule and bios on each of the eight Washington teams for their inaugural season.

When it comes to the Sounders GK battle, I'm firmly in camp Frei (no offense to the local guy). Sigi talks about the position in a video with Sounders FC.com.

MLS

Mike Fucito is the subject of a Q&A on SJEarthquakes.com.

The start of the season is less than three weeks away (I know, right?) and yet the Colorado Rapids have not named a head coach yet. Rapids legend Pablo Mastroeni has been organizing things in the offseason, and would probably be a good choice to be named manager.

This article from The Province explains why the presence of a field manager like Vancouver Whitecaps' Nigel Reo-Coker is so valuable.

DC United's new primary jerseys have been revealed, and this year the kit is nearly entirely black (without even a sponsor to jazz things up). The sponsor may still be coming, but for now all we get to see is a nearly monochrome jersey with a pretty snazzy 3D logo thing near the hip.

Fox Sports touches on the subject of MLS loans, and how teams have to take the good with the bad.

MLS seems to have had an effect on the strength of the US Men's National Team (they have been getting better and better since 1996) but our old friend Benjamin Massey wonders whether Canada's involvement has been as beneficial.

World Cup

After rumors have flown around for years, one source has reportedly claimed that FIFA is seriously considering a change of venue (as in host country) for the 2022 World Cup. Finally, the threat of 4,000 dead workers and other atrocious human rights conditions seems to be swaying FIFA's black, dead heart.

In more public statements, FIFA is claiming that every player in Brazil's World Cup will have their system tested for doping before the first kick of the games.

It may seem like long odds, but Freddy Adu is still hoping to be a part of the USMNT when Klinsmann releases his final roster. Things didn't get easier for him when Bayern's Julian Green decided to train with the United States instead of Germany.

Soccer World

Manchester City is expanding Etihad Stadium only ten years after the grounds were first built, going from a Sounders-like 48,000 up to over 60,000 in capacity.

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