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Major Link Soccer: MMA fighter Urijah Faber invests in Sacramento

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Plus, a review of "United Passions".

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Seattle

John Best, the first coach and an early GM of the Sounders, has passed away at the age of 74.

Hope Solo has been in the news lately, for both the right and wrong reasons. Fellow NWSL player Jillian Loyden isn't scared of Solo's star-stature in an op-ed piece for USA Today.

MLS

Jermain Defo might be back for Toronto FC in time for their upcoming match against Houston.

MLSSoccer.com has the full list of all MLS players that have been called up for international FIFA dates in October.

Urijah Faber, a prominent MMA fighter, is another in a growing list of local investors for Sacramento as it pursues an expansion team.

Kei Kamara will rejoin the Columbus Crew and will be eligible to play in January.

USMNT

The Medium has a rather nice post on Landon Donovan as he prepares for his last national team appearance on Friday.

Europe

Mario Balotelli has been in Liverpool for only a few weeks and already people are upset.

A big storm ripped through Montpellier's stadium and left it looking like a war zone.

Racism is once again (like always?) in soccer news in Europe. UEFA banned Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavaecchio for six months after a disciplinary investigation into racist comments. Meanwhile, The Guardian says UEFA and Bulgaria need to come down hard on Levski Sofia fans after a banner mocking anti-racism campaigns was unveiled.

It may be a tad bit tongue-in-cheek, but this post on Brek Shea and Tim Ream is well worth the quick read.

World Cup

Hopefully you weren't one of the few people that actually paid money to go see "United Passions" in the theater. SB Nation has the review of the bizarre FIFA-sponsored film.

FIFA will need all the goodwill tidings it can get. The rumors keep on circulating that the 2022 World Cup will force a change in the Winter Olympics. There is also a good chance that FIFA President Sepp Blatter won't make it that far after a credible challenger to his presidency emerged.