Major Link Soccer: MLS set to announce Atlanta as 22nd team in league

Aaron Davidson

MLS is making an announcement about the introduction of Atlanta into the league by releasing a video basically detailing the announcement.

Sounders

Clint Dempsey is nominated for a goal of the week, but not for the right one according to coach Sigi Schmid. Schmid thought that Dempsey's game winning goal, which was a beautiful display of team chemistry, is one of the best goals you will see in the league the entire year.

Want to live like Adrian Hanauer? Now is your chance. You can now live like Adrian Hanauer while living in his old house up on Leschi. Granted, that dream is possible if you have an extra $4 million stuffed in the mattress. The three bedroom, 5,350 square foot house sits on Lake Washington's waterfront and has, among other amentities, a home theater, spa, dock and outdoor kitchen.

MLS

Tuesday mark's the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis was at the attack and sat down for an insider series about the emotional day.

David Beckham is finding out the hard way that building a stadium doesn't come easy. Royal Caribbean Cruises is forming an alliance of businesses to oppose Beckham's proposed stadium at PortMiami. The Miami Seaport Alliance took out a full-page ad in the Miami Herald on Monday in opposition of the stadium.

Considering the offseason Toronto had, the following news shouldn't be much of a surprise. The Global Sports Salaries Survey touches on a lot of things, but Toronto was at the top with an average wage increase of 256 percent between 2013 and 2014. TFC's reported average salary is approximately $600,000.

A writer over on Hot Time in Old Town has some kind words for Don Garber as he battles the worst fight to battle in life.

In a special to Sports Illustrated, Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin sat down to say how he thinks the games should be refereed.

Remember this?

The MLS Disciplinary Committee hit Columbus Crew centerback Giancarlo Gonzalez with an undisclosed fine for his beauty of an audition on Broadway. He apparently wasn't punished for the elbow he delivered in the first place.

The Sounders knocked FC Dallas out of the top spot in the latest MLSSoccer.com power rankings and moved up into the top four in the process. Real Salt Lake moved up to the top spot by virtue of winning and Sporting KC stood at No. 3 with a bye last week.

As MLS does, a YouTube video announcing an announcement on Wednesday has taken all the luster out of the actual announcement, which is that Atlanta will officially get the league's 22nd team. Until then, we have the unofficial 18 seconds as the source. The news is set to really break at 2 p.m. PT.

Europe

Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, more commonly known as the Hillsborough 96. Ninety-six people died and hundreds were injured in one of the worst stadium-related disasters in British history. The Mirror reprinted a somber read from someone who witnessed the incident first hand. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard cited the anniversary of the event for why he was so emotional after a win over Manchester City.

Five of the world's top-20 most paid sports teams play in the Premier League, and Manchester City tops everyone on the list. Major League Baseball's New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers come round out the top three, and Real Madrid and Barcelona fill out the top five.

Barcelona used an interesting bit of training to prepare for Wednesday's match against Real Madrid by practicing with a rugby ball.

There might be some major changes in Chelsea's lineup when the summer rolls around. Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone acknowledged Chelsea has interest in striker Diego Costa and also told a Spanish radio station that he would love to bring Fernando Torres back to Spain.

The number of black managers in the top four divisions of English football sits at zero, but former player Ade Akinbiyi is aiming to change that. The BBC has an interesting read on a definite issue that the EPL is finally starting to acknowledge.

Cardiff City goalkeeper David Marshall signed a long term contract in February and it is probably good thing that he did. Teammate Kevin McNaughton said Marshall has the skill to play for one of the top-five Premier League clubs some day. It is interesting timing for the praise considering Cardiff City currently sits in the bottom three of the table and has had a messy run over its past few games.

Worcester City, a team in the sixth tier of English football, got rid of entrance fees for one game. The team hosts Brackley Town and deemed the game a "pay what you want" price for a one time celebration.

World Cup

Italy revealed its official World Cup song on Tuesday, "Un Amore Cosi Grande" by the band Negramaro. The song title translates to "a love so great/big/large/more/grande" and all proceeds from its sale will go to a charity researching Lou Gherig's Disease.

The only game to watch

Real Madrid and Barcelona go head to head in the Copa Del Rey at 12:30 p.m. PT on ESPN, ESPN3 and WatchESPN.

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