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Major Link Soccer: Victor Valdes, Orlando Announced by September?

Despite my vocal doubts, these Orlando FC rumors will not go away.

Jasper Juinen

Could MLS really be dead set against a 20 team league, even for a single year? Orlando's mayor seems to think so, telling a Florida radio show that MLS could be announced for the city by "the end of the summer". There is the small likelihood that Disneyland Disney World/Epcot/Universal/SeaWorld/LegoLand is awarded a team BEFORE their current USL side is even bumped from the Open Cup, needing only to bump off the Chicago Fire tonight to survive until August.

In transfer rumors, Giovani Dos Santos has reportedly already rejected an offer from MLS and the Los Angeles Galaxy. The young midfielder is looking up in the world, and is free to use his considerable leverage towards something spectacular. Former Barca man Victor Valdes is also on the market, and ProSoccerTalk "has some fun" linking him to a couple of MLS clubs.

Real Salt Lake seems to have gained some new admirers, thanks to their recent hosting of the US Men's National Team. Thusly, RSL Soapbox has found it worthwhile to introduce the new guys to the world of soccer fandom.

It seems like it would be an easy bet to take AS Roma over Toronto FC when the two clubs play a friendly in August. One can wager that George Dempsey will do just that. Dempsey has made a significant sum of money betting on MLS, a (likely considerable) portion from betting on the Reds to take the fall. "I'll do it until it stops working". Wisdom indeed.

Brek Shea has apologized for pictures of himself showing off his cannons on Instagram. And while the gun debate is certainly a loaded one, critics may be shooting first and asking questions later. The Texas boy grew up in a weapons household, and I doubt anyone wants to be taking fire from strangers for their way of life. I think we can all agree to put this one in the holster for a while (at least until another incident turns the safety off).

Toyota may see a marketing opportunity in Shea's online exploits. Rumors indicate that they will be buying naming rights to FC Dallas' pitch and giving it the moniker "Tundra Field", the biggest switcharoo since Sunlife sponsored a stadium in Moscow.

Seattle v Portland and Seattle v Vancouver are the two most-watched matches on the NBC Sports Network so far this season. The first drew over two hundred thousand viewers, while the second almost hit 150 thousand. Ratings are also up for the Confederation's Cup, where ESPN's broadcasts saw a 26 percent bump.

FC Kansas City has been in mourning since March, when one of their young players lost her husband in a car crash.

In Sounders tidbits: the guys at NBC Sports throw the blame for Seattle's loss at Sigi's feet. Personnel choices and positioning lead to an open midfield for the Royals, which Kyle Beckerman used to great advantage. Chris Henderson is getting married this week, which will presumably lead to the collapse of the club. Sounders Academy product Sean Okoli was named Washington PDL Player of the Week. And another terrific article from Zach Slaton at Forbes, looking at the health of the Seattle club.

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