Major Link Soccer: Don Garber sits down for a hour with the Internet

Aaron Davidson

Plenty of preview material is coming out as MLS gears up for a big start this week.

Sounders FC

MLSSoccer.com released its preview for the Seattle Sounders, and like a lot of recent season previews, they noted that the pressure is on for the Sounders to bring home the MLS Cup.

Brad Evans' success on the USMNT has led to increase scrutiny at times, and increased support at times, from fans across the nation. Evans sat down with Goal.com to talk about his time with the national team and his growth as a player.

Check out the reactions on the D.C. United site on the acquisition of Alex Caskey.

MLS

MLS Commissioner Don Garber sat down for a live Q&A with journalists and soccer fans on Tuesday. Here is the entire exchange.

The Vancouver Whitecaps signed homegrown goalkeeper Mario Carducci on Tuesday. Carducci has two Canadian U17 Player of the Year awards.

The San Jose Earthquakes signed German right back Andreas Görlitz. The 32-year-old spent 12 years playing in German professional leagues.

In future MLS #(insertfamouseuropeanplayerhere)watch for Twitter, Real Madrid midfielder Xavi Alonso is open to the idea of playing for MLS after his current contract runs out in 2016. He also mentioned returning to his former club Real Sociedad as well, so don't get those hopes too high.

ProSoccerTalk compares the Sounders' kits against the Timbers', because that is something that must be done.

Mike Magee is hitting back at reports that he missed his the Chicago Fire's training camp because of a contract hold out. The 2013 MLS MVP rejoined the squad on Feb. 26 and spoke with the media for the first time on Monday, saying he missed camp because of personal reasons.

MLSSoccer.com sat down for an exclusive interview with Eddie Johnson to talk about how the polarizing forward almost quit soccer.

Now that he is with the LA Galaxy, ex-Sounders defender James Riley has joined an exclusive MLS club. Riley is just the sixth player to play for six different clubs, alongside Ezra Hendrickson, Alejandro Moreno, Nathan Sturgis, Carey Talley and Andy Williams.

NASL

The San Antonio Scorpions have the money from ownership and a plan for a nice, new arena, but they will need the support of fans to make the jump into the MLS. The Scorpions played in front of a sellout crowd of 8,000 in a 1-1 tie against FC Dallas.

US Soccer

Poor, poor Stuart Holden. The midfielder suffered another knee injury, and although he walked off the field under his own power, it looks like he might be sidelined for a decent amount of time.

Brad Friedel thinks if the USMNT is going to make a serious run in the 2014 World Cup, they'll need to make a stronger effort on defense, calling the back line the weakest part of the team.

Some maniac hacked the Ruffneck Scarves blog page and wrote some stuff about the reasons the U.S. will win the 2014 World Cup.

Europe

Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu hopes to return back to Barcelona after his loan is done. The 19-year-old joined Everton last summer and has scored twice in 15 appearances.

The Football League is considering overhauling its loan system and implementing home-grown player quotas in an effort to increase the number of Englishmen playing in the top leagues. Both the Premier League and the FA were notified of the league's proposals, but would need 51 percent of the clubs support to put the plan into action.

Here is a hint for European players -- don't make the 'quenelle' gesture when celebrating your goal. Belgian player Omar Rahou was handed down a 10 game ban by UEFA for using the gesture that has been linked to anti-Semitism.

A member of British Parliment says his comments were misunderstood when he tweeted his discuss at the amount of trash left by Sunderland supporters on Saturday night.

The volatile political situation in Ukraine is taking its toll after FC Chornomorets announced that five foreign players have left the club for fear of personal and family safety.

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies was fined £9,000 and given a five-game ban for verbally abusing a referee in a 2-2 draw with Leicester.

Here is an interesting article discussing how Andrea Pirlo learned how to adapt with his soccer smarts as his body became less able to keep up with his competition.

World Cup

Struggling to keep up with all of the World Cup kits? Footy Headlines has you covered with an easy to access layout of every single kit from the World Cup.

Five to Watch

There are a whole load of international friendlies on Wednesday, including the U.S. If you have three different screens going at the same time, you'll be able to check out most of the rest of the "group of death" in action as well.

friendly 9 a.m. Montenegro vs. Ghana Sport1 Germany, Sport+
friendly 11 a.m. Ukraine vs. U.S.A. ESPN2, UniMås, ESPN3, Univision Deportes
friendly 11:45 a.m. Germany vs. Chile Galavision, ESPN3, WatchESPN
friendly 12:45 p.m. Portugal vs. Cameroon ESPN3, WatchESPN
friendly 1 p.m. Spain vs. Italy ESPN Deportes, ESPN2, ESPN3
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