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Major Link Soccer: Roster Compliance, Expansion, Keller In Booth

Kasey Keller's uniform will change, but he'll still be yelling at defenders to pick up their marks. He will be in the booth for the Sounders and ESPN.
Kasey Keller's uniform will change, but he'll still be yelling at defenders to pick up their marks. He will be in the booth for the Sounders and ESPN.

Yesterday was MLS roster compliance day and a few cut were made. Most notable is probably Lee Nguyen, who was a Vancouver Whitecaps player for less than four months, none of which had a game. Players will be selected in today's waiver draft. For the most part these aren't players who will make differences on seasons though.

Number of MLS moves go down ahead of roster salary compliance deadline -

Expansion news is something that seems to fuel interest in MLS particularly in far off places. Now Silverdome owners hope to bring Major League Soccer franchise to Pontiac (- News - Press and Guide) gets attention, there have also been recent rumblings in Minneapolis and their new near billion dollar NFL palace. The two leading contenders are clear though - NY2 and Orlando. While Orlando gets all the recent attention, it is only catching up to NY2, as Oshan says on the mothership, it has a ways to go.

If you missed seeing Kasey Keller you won't for long. You'll see and hear him on Sounders local games, as you already know, but you'll also get him on ESPN. He will be used as a studio and match analyst for MLS, USMNT and Euro 2012 matches by the four letter.

First there was Lamar Neagle. Now there's Kelyn Rowe repping the 253 strong.

Kelyn Rowe revealed the secret behind his torrid start after the Federal Way High School grad scored two more goals in a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls on last weekend — breakfast cereal.

Or maybe that's uniquely strong.
Two former United States National Team players - Claudi Reyna and Tony Meola - were elected into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, both in their first year on the ballot, both with more than 90% support. Desmond Armstrong joins them from the Veteran Ballot. Born too soon, Armstrong missed playing during the explosion of US soccer. He earned 81 caps from 1987 to 1994. The builders ballot saw the election of Tony DiCicco, the man who launched the US Women into the stratosphere. Sigi Schmid received just under 39% of the vote as a Builder.
Several friends of the site are at the Sloan Sports Analytics conference, where today David Gill of Manchester United is trolling MLS with business and technical development advice. He started with the pro/rel debate, pointing out that it makes strong business sense. While pro/rel may some day make sense in the USA it seems odd to take advice about dollars and cents from an organization that is in massive debt. He also scoffed at Don Garber's goal to have MLS become a top league, which um, yeah, so do a lot of people.

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