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Major Link Soccer: More developments on the Chivas USA front

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Plus a few sites (including SB Nation) are breaking down the race for the MLS MVP.

David Rogers

MLS

The ownership situation for Chivas USA got a bit weird today as reports of a new ownership group emerged, headlined by Vincent Tan. The rumor mill is churning, especially after Alexi Lalas was seen hanging out at a Los Angeles Dodgers game with other potential new owners.

The MVP race is a crowded field this year, so when all else fails, use actual numbers to try and rank the potential candidates. At least that is what AmericanSoccerAnaylsis.com did. SB Nation's list looks a bit similar, but is missing one major candidate.

Steve Zakuani's career didn't end with the grisly tackle by Brian Mullan, at least not yet. But with his recent setback in Portland, it is hard to look at Zakunai's once-promising MLS career and find a whole lot of positives at the moment.

Stathunting.com has some great visuals for the MLS salary release and discusses what the extra spending might entail for the upcoming collective bargaining agreement negotiations.

The Ebola outbreak has steadily spread as of late, with the sighting in the U.S. on Tuesday. Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Lahoud is trying to get a little viral video (ala the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge) going with the #KickEbolaInTheButt campaign.

NWSL

The NWSL experienced an overall drop in attendance, but it wasn't as bad as the other professional women's leagues in the nation.

Europe

There were a couple of bouts of history made today. First off, Xavi Hernández made his 143rd appearance in the Champions League -- the most on the books. The iron man feat was joined by Roma's Frencesco Totti, who became the oldest player to score a goal.

Manchester United is missing out on the financial riches of Champions League play this year, so to make up for it the club is seriously considering midweek friendlies abroad.

Bayern Munich played their Champion League match against CSKA Moscow behind closed doors as part of CSKA's punishment for racist fan behavior. That didn't stop a few diehard fans to rent out an office building and watch the match from above.

The Guardian has a great story on Patrick O'Connell, the man who helped save Barcelona from financial ruin around World War II.