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Major Link Soccer: The Return of Rafa Marquez

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And Michael Gspurning is open to returning to MLS in the future.

Gspurning speaks out about his departure.
Gspurning speaks out about his departure.
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Over at MLSsoccer.com, Jeremiah has a story on Michael Gspurning, who laments the harsh realities of the MLS salary cap. The way he tells it, Gspurning would be back with the team if salary rules in the league weren't so limiting. That said, Gspurning isn't turning down a return to MLS in the future.

We had a story last night strongly linking Eddie Johnson to DC United. That goes along with a story at the official LA Galaxy site, calling Johnson to Los Angeles a "long shot".

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