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Major Link Soccer; US wins in Hartford, Beckham ready to announce expansion plans

Also, Jozy's arrivale in Sunderland has created some new American fans of the club.

Shea is the leader of a new political movement
Shea is the leader of a new political movement
Jared Wickerham

We should know a little bit more about the rumored Florida expansion soon, according to David Beckham. The team is expected to head to Miami/Ft. Lauderdale and start the league's invasion of the southeast, but the location and date of play have not become public knowledge yet.

Last night Hartford hosted the USA in the Gold Cup and the 20,000 in attendance were treated to an 82nd minute winner over Costa Rica from Brek Shea, keeping the USA undefeated in this year's competition. 20,000 is a good number for a Tuesday night against a minor opponent in an equally minor competition. Maybe that's where Beckham is secretly planning to set up shop?

Now that Mayor Bloomberg has backed off his NYCFC-to-Yankee Stadium comments, the whole situation is starting to reach a point of concern. It's hard to see good options (temporary or permanent) that can house a MLS club properly within 20 months. Is it crazy to think that waiting another year to schedule expansion may have been smarter?

Then again, if a town like OKC can get a soccer-specific stadium built, any old place can. No, I'm not just bitter about the Sonics. I'm not.

Tonight MLS Live subscribers like myself are treated to the match of the year; two powerhouses vying for control at one end of the league pool. I'm definitely not talking about Montreal and Salt Lake. Rather, this is the contest between Toronto FC and Chivas USA. A contest of countries. A match for the ages. Must see TV.

Jozy Altidore has seen his star rise in his home country, and in turn that is increasing the profile of his new club team (Sunderland) in the ol' USA. Expect to meet a new breed of "lifelong Sunderland die-hards" in the near future.

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