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Major Link Soccer: The Hand of Bureaucracy

The Copa Libertadores Final began. Seattle's remaining July opponents were involved in MLS action. Sepp Blatter is at it again. Former Sounders are playing in Europa League today. "The Hand of God" is unwelcome in the US and A.

The Hand of God meets the hand of bureaucracy
The Hand of God meets the hand of bureaucracy
Chris McGrath

Who says you have to wait until the weekend to watch exciting soccer? Last night had plenty of it.

In the first leg of the Copa Libertadores Final, Olimpia (Paraguay) defeated Atlético Mineiro (Brazil) 2-0 at home. If Olimpia can hold on to their aggregate lead in the second leg, they will secure their fourth Copa Libertadores trophy, which will tie them with Estudiantes (Argentina) for the 4th most titles in the history of the tournament. Atlético has never won the tournament.

In MLS, Seattle's next two opponents were in action. Colorado managed an impressive come from behind win over New England 2-1, dominating possession after conceding an early goal. Chivas USA played Toronto at home. Despite going a man down early on, Chivas beat Toronto 1-0 behind a 79th minute goal by Erick Torres. Unless Eric Ávilia's red card is rescinded, he will not be available for selection in Seattle on the 28th. Carlos Bocanegra made his Chivas USA debut in the match.

Dallas has signed an Argentine named Mauro who used to play for River Plate. No, the Sounders didn't trade Rosales to free a DP slot. Mauro Diaz, an attacking midfielder, will probably count as a youth DP for FC Dallas.

DC United traded defender Brandon McDonald to Real Salt Lake in exchange for two draft picks. NBC's Pro Soccer Talk examines whether this deal is a good example of RSL playing moneyball, as their GM claims.

Lamar Hunt's sons believe that their father's dream for soccer in America is now becoming a reality.

Topps is releasing MLS trading cards for the first time since securing the league's trading card rights, which were previously held by Upper Deck.

Liga MX has a new corporate title sponsor. The league will now be known as La Liga Bancomer. This move has prompted questions north of the border as to whether or not MLS should seek a similar deal.

Sepp Blatter was in the news again yesterday. Less than a year before the World Cup begins in Brazil, he wonders if a mistake may have been made in granting hosting rights to Brazil. He would also like to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter.

NBC will be airing over 1,600 hours of programming related to the Premier League each year, starting next month.

Former Sounder Nathan Sturgis seems to have finally found a home with the Colorado Rapids. Other former Sounders will be playing in the second qualifying round of Europa League today. Erik Friberg and Malmo FF will take on Hibernian of the Scottish Premier League. Adam Johansson's Goteborg will face Slovakian side Trencin.

Legendary Argentine futbolista Diego Maradona just wanted to bring his grandson (and son of Machester City star Sergio Agüero) to Disney World, only to have the US State Department deny him a visa. His connections to Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez were likely behind the visa denial.

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