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Major Link Soccer: International Week Edition

Clint Dempseyreacts after Jamaica scores a goal during United States and Jamaica World Cup Qualifier on September 7.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
Clint Dempseyreacts after Jamaica scores a goal during United States and Jamaica World Cup Qualifier on September 7. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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By now, almost everyone is aware that the USMNT lost to Jamaica on Friday 2-1. The loss means that Tuesday's rematch against the Reggae Boyz is almost a must-win game. The Yanks will need to perform much better in the return leg to get the result they need.

It wasn't all doom and gloom for the United States' teams this weekend. The U.S. Women's under-20 side won the u20 World Cup on Saturday, defeating defending champion Germany 1-0 on a goal by Kealia Ohai in the 44th minute.

Adam Johansson came off the bench to collect his 12th cap for Sweden in a lackluster 1-0 victory over China. Johan Elmander scored the game's only goal in the international friendly. Sweden play Kazakhstan on Wednesday to begin their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Although Mario Martinez did not start, but he came on as injury replacement 15 minutes into the match, Honduras picked up an impressive 3-0 win over Cuba in a World Cup qualifier. All three goals were scored by current MLS players as Victor Bernardez, Marvin Chavez, and Jerry Bengston all found the back of the net.

It appears that MLS tried to make Didier Drogba its highest paid player. Ever. At the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit in New York, Commissioner Don Garber said that "[MLS] offered Didier Drogba, the great Chelsea player, over $10 million a year to play." No indication was made of which club made the offer.

More news after the jump.

The Chicago Fire rested seven of their regular starters when they faced defending Mexican League champions Santos Laguna on Saturday. In a good showing for the reserve-heavy side, the Fire drew 2-2 with Santos Laguna. Michael Videira and Corben Bone scored for the Fire.

FC Dallas took on Mexican First Division side Club Leon in friendly at Pizza Hut Park FC Dallas Unsponsored Stadium on Sunday night. In a high-scoring affair, the teams each scored three goals before Leon took the win on PKs. George John, Jackson, and Bobby Warshaw scored the goals for Dallas.

In the most controversial match of the weekend, Ahly beat ENPPI to win the Egyptian Super Cup. Ultras Ahlawy, an Ahlawy supporters group, retracted their threats to invade the stadium by the hundreds if the match was held. Ahly's fans have opposed the resumption of soccer in Egypt until the perpetrators of the Port Said Stadium Disaster, which left 79 dead and injured more than a thousand last February are brought to justice.

In a story that gets recycled almost every time a job opens, people are mentioning Peter Wilt's name in connection with Toronto FC. The one-time Chicago Fire executive has been shut out of the league since his firing in 2005. Despite the performance of Chicago during his tenure, clubs have been unwilling to give him another chance.

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