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Major Link Soccer: Klinsmann Names Roster

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Jurgen Klinsmann names a roster for the upcoming USMNT friendly against Ecuador and we get some news from expansion teams.

Seattle

The Sounders Reserves tied 1-1 against Colorado yesterday. Onyekachi Apam played his first 45 minutes for the Sounders, getting subbed off at the half. The Sounders' one goal came from Andy Rose in the 80th minute.

The first coach of the Sounders, John Best, passed away Sunday at age 74. Best coached from 1974 to '76, and helped to establish the team as an NASL contender and part of Seattle culture. He became General Manager of the Whitecaps after leaving Seattle.

After the Sonics left, many saw an uncertain future for Key Arena. But with Seattle's NBA team gone, the Key has actually turned a greater profit than it ever did with the Sonics there.

Come to the George and Dragon tonight at 7:00 pm for Seattle Soccer Talk with Ross Fletcher and Stefan Frei.

USA

SB Nation now has blogs for both of MLS's 2015 expansion teams. The Mane Land will be covering Orlando City SC and Hudson River Blue will attend to New York City FC matters.

With MLS moving forward into MLS Next, perhaps the coming LA re-brand is a chance for the league to show how much it has changed. Soccer Gods suggests some possible names for the new team, including "LA Universe" and "Real Soccer Club of Orange County."

Although LA's full-back situation didn't get any better over the weekend, it probably didn't get all that much worse either. James Riley played his first MLS game since being sidelined due to a knee injury early in the season, but Robbie Rodgers took his spot on the injury list.

The public discussion about Hope Solo's domestic abuse allegations continued yesterday when former USWNT teammate Jillian Loyden wrote a piece asking for Solo to be benched until her trial. Whatever you think about Solo's situation, I think we can all agree that it's good the conversation surrounding domestic violence continues.

Sacramento Republic FC announced 12 new investors yesterday, including MMA fighter Urijah Faber. One wonders if he'll be conducting training on how to run through walls.

Atlanta MLS's front office added another piece yesterday, naming former Falcons vice president of finance as their new chief financial officer.

Rumors emerged recently that Red Bull is looking to sell RBNY. Whether or not Red Bull sells, the most important thing is for RBNY to have an involved front office.

Landon Donovan's swan song is going to be fairly populated:

The 20 other call ups were named yesterday. One notable inclusion was Michael Ibarra, who plays in the NASL for Minnesota United FC.

In an interview with US Soccer, Klinsmann discussed his decision to try to mix up the team and give opportunities to young players.

World

After sustaining a head injury on Sunday's win against Arsenal, Chelsea FC goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was given the all clear to leave the hospital. Courtois had a "mild concussion" (according to Belgium coach Marc Wilmots), after colliding with Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez in the tenth minute. Courtois played another 14 minutes until being taken off. Headway, an English brain injury charity, has released a statement calling into question the application of the Premier League's new concussion rules.

FIFA paid around $27 Million to have a movie produced, and according to reports earned around $200,000 in box office revenue. It's almost as if people don't trust them to tell a factual story or something.