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Major Link Soccer: Confederations Cup Final set

Kansas City making player moves, Vancouver shuffling their lineup, friendlies, an LA stadium and the ESPYS.

It took extra rounds of penalties for Spain to pull through to the Confederations Cup Final
It took extra rounds of penalties for Spain to pull through to the Confederations Cup Final

Spain beat Italy on penalties to set up a dream final in the Confederations Cup - the best team of the past half-decade in Spain, versus the world's most celebrated national team and the tournament host in Brazil. Spain-Brazil. Seems like must-watch soccer this Sunday.

Sporting Kansas City and United States winger Graham Zusi has reportedly agreed to a new, long-term deal to stay in KC. KC also recalled Dom Dwyer from his long loan to Orlando City SC, where he was ripping up the third division. With KC about to debut in the CONCACAF Champions League it's all hands on deck, apparently.

With MLS transfer talk really heating up this week, takes a look at some summer transfer moves that didn't really go as planned - usually for the worst.

The Whitecaps are planning to move midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker to right back for a weekend to give Lee Young-Pyo a game off. I have to be honest and say I will never understand why the Caps traded Alain Rochat. I guess it was a salary dump, but considering the amount of injuries they have on their backline, and the fact they spent the money on a third keeper - well, makes no sense to me.

Remember back when Chelsea first came to Seattle and we all thought how cool it was? Remember how we got pretty tired of those friendlies interrupting already-busy portions of a schedule full of games that mattered? That dilemma is happening all over MLS again this year, as more European teams than ever are headed over for summer exhibition tours, and MLS teams are lining up for the paydays despite the stress those games might cause on their schedules.

Finally some news out of SoCal that may not seem soccer-related, but may end up being a big deal. A vote by the California Science Center Board of Directors has paved the way for the University of Southern California to control the Coliseum in L.A., its parking, and the old Sports Arena. USC officials have said in the past they would like to tear down the Sports Arena and build a new soccer stadium on that site. A new soccer stadium in L.A.? Probably closer now than ever. But if Chivas USA plays there will anyone care?

ESPY voting is back and soccer is a bit of a subject. Up for best of MLS are Thierry Henry, Chris Wondolowski and Graham Zusi. That could be an interesting vote. Wondo's season was one of the single seasons ever, the world knows Henry and then there is Zusi. Abby Wambach's record gets a mention as does for Sounder Alex Morgan's Olympic magic.

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