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Major Link Soccer: Goodbye Arlo, Hello Silly Season

News about Tiffert, MLS v UFC, YSA and more from a new Major Link Soccer writer.

The Knight-mare continues
The Knight-mare continues

It has been 5 months since the Sounders have parted ways with Christian Tiffert, who has stayed silent concerning his time in Seattle and the circumstances that led to his departure. That is, until now. In an interview with the official site of Bundesliga, Tiffert says that he isn't angry with the Sounders and wishes he could have stayed longer, but he also warns of the unpredictability of MLS.

We often talk about leagues in other countries and sports in terms of how they compare with MLS. Bloody Elbow, SB Nation's UFC blog, looks at claims made by UFC President Dana White that UFC and MLS have a similar financial model. While that may be true, it seems that MLS players are actually better compensated than are UFC Fighters.

Last week, we covered RSL's threat of sanctions of the YSA (You Suck, Asshole) goal kick chant. The New York Red Bulls are taking a different approach. They're actually going to pay their supporter groups if the chant isn't heard from the "South Ward" at Red Bull Arena.

I know none of you want to be reminded of Brad Knighton's stellar performance in goal against the Sounders on Saturday night. I know I don't. Unfortunately, the league isn't letting us forget about it yet. They just named Knighton as MLS Player of the Week.

When Graham Zusi was re-signed by Sporting Kansas City a few weeks ago, there was a brief mention of something called retention funds. Thanks to Alexi Lalas, we now have more details on exactly what retention funds are.

USMNT striker Jozy Altidore is finally returning to the Premier League. Yesterday, he showed up at Sunderland's facilities for a medical and to finalize the personal terms of the deal. Roker Report has an in-depth scouting report on Jozy, which is worth a read even for fans familiar with Altidore.

The first two days of the Gold Cup have come and gone. Day one saw two upsets in Group A, with Martinique finding a stoppage time winner over Canada and Panama putting Mexico away 2-1. Sounders trialist Roberto Chen got his first start with Panama's senior national team in a competitive match, making some key plays in the final minutes to preserve the 3 points for Mexico. Last night in Group B, El Salvador drew 2-2 against Trinidad and Tobago and Honduras defeated Haiti 2-0.

Speaking of the Gold Cup, Grant Wahl asks whether US fans should care about the Gold Cup. He then proceeds to debate with himself over the remainder of the article. This article also contains Portland references. You have been warned.

Silly season is now in full force in Europe. Already some big moves have been made. Although Tottenham looked like the favorites to sign David Villa, Atletico Madrid swooped in to keep him in La Liga and Champions League. Mario Gomez is leaving European Champions Bayern for Serie A's Fiorentina. Arsenal had a £30 million bid for Luis Suarez rejected by Liverpool, which led to talks between the club and the player's agent, which appear to have been positive. Finally, Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke made an official transfer request after only one season in the Premier League.

Summer in Europe isn't all about silly season though. We also get to see next year's kits unveiled. Tottenham revealed their new kits with new sponsor HP. Their London rivals Arsenal will apparently be bringing back the away kit made famous by the invincibles (unbeaten 2003/04 Premier League season). However, neither of those unveilings were as impressive as Dortmund's creativity in unveiling their new kits, which they did with the assistance of over 80,000 flowers

The USA U20's were undoubtedly disappointed in their poor performance and early exit from the U20 World Cup. It may be some consolation though, for them to see two of the other teams from their group make the semifinals. France and Ghana will face each other in the semifinals tomorrow with Iraq and Uruguay facing off in the other semifinal.

Although the FIFA World Cup will take place in Brazil next year, it could be a relatively short amount of time before it returns to South America. According to reports, FIFA would like Argentina and Uruguay to co-host the 100th anniversary of the World Cup in 2030. Uruguay hosted the inaugural World Cup in 1930.

Congratulations are in order to USWNT playmaker Lauren Cheney, who on Monday married Jrue Holiday, who plays point guard for the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA.

Finally, a goodbye. Last night, Arlo White tweeted that he was about to leave the United States to prepare for his announcing duties with NBC covering the Premier League. I think we're all going to miss hearing him call MLS games. I'll never forget his call of Kasey Keller's quadruple save in 2011. What was your fondest memory of Arlo?

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