Major Link Soccer: Philadelphia Union fire manager John Hackworth

Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

John Hackworth lasted about two seasons leading the Union and his pity parade is accompanied by another David Beckham failed stadium site proposal.

Seattle

The Sounders have loaned midfielder Aaron Kovar and forward Sean Okoli to the Orange County Blues. They'll join goalkeeper Josh Ford, who was loaned to the USL-PRO team on June 6.

MLS

The Philadelphia Union fired manager John Hackworth and appointed assistant coach Jim Curtin as the interm manager. Hackworth took over for Peter Nowak, who also was unceremoniously dumped in 2012. Hackworth and Philadelphia have struggled to a 3-6-7 record this season.

The plans for Orlando City's stadium is slowly coming together, and its initial focus will be on a cozy, 19,500 person stadium that creates a lot of noise. Here is a halfway-decent photo taken of the artist's rendering.

Chivas USA announced it has extended its loan on Erick Torres, the team's leading scorer. Chivas acquired the Mexican striker from its parent club CD Guadalajara in July 2013. Torres has nine goals in 2014, third on MLS scoring charts.

The top three spots in the MLS Power Rankings stood pat, with the Sounders holding the king's crown. Sporting KC leapt into fourth place following a win over Houston.

Once upon a time, it seemed certain that David Beckham would rule over a MLS club in Miami. Now, after the second-straight proposal site was shot down, the Beckham led group is back at square one.

USMNT

Everyone keeps saying that the U.S. needs a successful World Cup run to bolster support of the sport during non-tournament years. Larry Stone with the Seattle Times would gladly beg to disagree.

Jon Hamm and Ice Cube believe.

Europe

Louis van Gaal has identified Chilean forward Alexis Sánchez as his top target for the summer, a move that would likely cost £20 million.

World Cup

As FIFA starts to face mountains of criticism involving both the World Cups in Brazil and Qatar, the organization sent out at FAQ aimed at setting the record straight.

If you think SB Nation's Kirsten Schlewitz's column on how not to be a meat-headed misogynist during the World Cup wasn't needed, just take a look at the comments the moderators hid from the piece (spoiler alert: they prove everything she says).

Here is a look at how Spain gets really really really really really really good at soccer.

Want to make some money at the World Cup? Here are some of the various bets the oddsmakers are enjoying.

The Economist fired out with a World Cup daily chart that only The Economist can muster. The interactive chart depicts every goal in previous World Cup by minutes, open play, penalty and own goal. Avoid bathroom breaks at the 18th and 75th minutes, as those are the two most popular times to score.

The stadium set to host the first game of the World Cup hasn't been tested with safety standards for the crowd 61,000 crowd that is anticipated. Arena Corinithians hasn't been filled with the temporary seating area occupied, because the local fire department hadn't approved of it yet.

Junior Jesse Klug (former Sounders Academy player) says it is time for the world to accept the prospect of gay soccer players, especially considering the fact that there isn't a single openly-gay soccer player on any World Cup roster.

Bleacher Report breaks down the tactical lynchpin for each of the squads in the World Cup. Since it'll take 32 clicks to get to the USMNT, Michael Bradley is the obvious pick.

Police in England are issuing warnings to men and women with a record of domestic violence as England's World Cup run begins on Saturday. Research shows that the English, long known for linking passion with violence, see a rise in domestic abuse following a loss (31.5 percent), compared to a rise of 27.7 percent following a win.

Vox.com identified the nine most exciting players in the World Cup, with Michael Bradley landing as "The Stalwart". In the spirit of the Vox Media enterprise, there are GIFs.

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