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Major Link Soccer: Warzycha Fired, Deadline Day

Columbus parts ways with a man who has been a part of the franchise from the very beginning. Arsene redeems himself, Kamara leaves MLS.

Warzycha was dismissed after 18 years of service to the Columbus Crew
Warzycha was dismissed after 18 years of service to the Columbus Crew
Jamie Sabau

Just days after losing to the Sounders while having a one man advantage for nearly the entire game, Robert Warzycha was fired from his position as the head coach of the Columbus Crew. Columbus will now tread into unfamiliar territory, as Warzycha has been with the franchise since the 1996 inaugural MLS season as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach. This move was precipitated by Anthony Precourt's acquisition of the franchise a month ago. Precourt originally planned on simply not renewing Warzycha's deal after the end of the season but felt that it would be better to get the search for a new head coach underway now, rather than waiting for the season to end.

Europe's summer transfer deadline day has passed, and there are clear winners and losers, though it's not necessarily who we thought they would be a week ago. After a very quiet transfer window that led to a great deal of criticism of Arsene Wenger's transfer policy, Arsenal secured Mesut Özil from Real Madrid for $59 million. Özil had an offer from PSG but was convinced by Wenger to join him in London. Arsenal also added some depth at goalkeeper by signing Emiliano Viviano on loan from Palermo with a purchase option attached to the deal.

Real Madrid lost another player on deadline day. Kaká rejoined AC Milan on a free transfer just 4 years after Los Blancos paid a then record $92 million transfer fee to AC Milan to sign him. That's how eager Real Madrid was to get his $13.2 million salary off its books. In order to facilitate the move, Kaká agreed to a pay cut that will have him earning $5.3 million at San Siro.

Liverpool added three players: signing striker Victor Moses on loan from Chelsea and defenders Mamadou Sakho from PSG and Tiago Ilori from Sporting CP. Between those moves and their ability to retain Luis Suarez, Liverpool have to be considered one of the winners on deadline day.

As expected, David Moyes was able to finally bring Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United for £4 million more than he could have paid had he activated Fellaini's buyout clause in time. Moyes failed in his bids for Ander Herrera of Athletic Bilbao and Fábio Coentrão of Real Madrid (although it was still unclear whether that bid was successful at the time of the publication of this article). Coupled with his failed bids for Cesc Fábregas, Thiago Alcåntara and Leighton Baines, Moyes looks to be off to a rocky start with the defending Premier League champions.

The transfer fee from Fellaini's move to Old Trafford enabled Everton to add three players. Roberto Martinez reunites with James McCarthy after signing him from Wigan, in addition to securing loan deals for Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry.

Jozy Altidore will have a couple of new teammates at Sunderland when he returns from helping the United States punch their ticket to Brazil. Sunderland signed left fullback Andrea Dossena from Napoli on a one year deal, which is probably just a temporary solution for their issues at that position. Altidore is getting a new potential strike partner in the form of Fabio Borini, who Sunderland signed on loan from Liverpool. The reds have a recall clause that could be exercised in the January transfer window, but Borini could certainly help Sunderland get some results in the fall that could keep them clear of the relegation zone in the spring.

Gareth Bale's record transfer deal was made official prior to deadline day, but that didn't stop the Guardian from imagining what £85 million could have bought in Spain's struggling economy. Southampton is likely imagining what they would have done with the £20 million they would have received if they hadn't sold their 25% stake for £3 million in 2008.

Cartilage Free Captain examines how the moves made in the summer transfer window might shape the Premier League's race for the top 4 spots and their corresponding spaces in 2014/15 UEFA Champions League.

SB Nation has a roundup of all the deals that were completed on deadline day. The Guardian has a complete list of the arrivals and departures for every Premier League team during the summer transfer window.

One MLS player was involved in the deadline day transactions. Kei Kamara was sold to English League Championship side Middlesbrough after spending over 4 seasons with Sporting Kansas City. If leaving a place better than you found it is important to Kamara, then he will definitely be happy about how much the franchise improved, both on and off the field, during his time in Kansas City. In 2009, the KC Wizards had the third worst record in MLS and the second lowest average attendance of barely 10,000 while playing in a baseball stadium. Today, Sporting KC has a waiting list for its 14,000 season tickets and regularly fills Sporting Park above its capacity of about 18,500. They have finished at the top of the Eastern Conference for each of the past two seasons, won the 2012 US Open Cup and qualified for 2013/14 CONCACAF Champions League, in which they have already secured a pair of convincing wins. Losing Kamara with only 7 matches remaining in the regular season is a serious blow to their chances of winning the Supporters Shield or the MLS Cup, putting their qualification for 2014/15 CCL in jeopardy.

Seattle's opponents tomorrow night, Chivas USA have parted ways with midfielder Martin Ponce, terminating his loan and sending him back to Chivas de Guadalajara. He wasn't likely to figure into the match in Seattle, making only 3 substitute appearances since late-May.

I'll leave you with some Seattle-specific links. With the grand re-opening of Husky Stadium over the weekend, UW atmospheric sciences professor Cliff Mass offers a meteorological perspective on the home of the fighting Sarkisians.

Tempo-Free Soccer lists the top 50 shot contributors in MLS this season. Three Sounders were included in the top 50. Eddie Johnson is ranked 18th, having been found to contribute to 3.7 shots per 90. Lamar Neagle is 34th in MLS with 3.2. Obafemi Martins is ranked 48th, contributing to 2.7 shots per 90. Clint Dempsey was ranked 34th in the Premier League last season, with a total shot contribution per 90 of 3.5.

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