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Major Link Soccer: Lampard gets cold feet

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Mexico's champions, America's champions. Paseo is back.

"That doesn't look like a delicious sandwich"
"That doesn't look like a delicious sandwich"
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Seattle

A great sandwich phoenix is rising from the ashes of the shuttered Paseo restaurant in Fremont, returning yummier and better than ever (better in that it actually pays its workers what they are owed!) The food will reportedly be the same as it has always been, giving Costco aficionados like this writer a chance to try out the famed sloppy stacks for ourselves. (Apparently this is actually the biggest news of the day.)

The non-embarrassment Tacoma Stars are undefeated in WISL play after a victory over Wenatchee.

LAFC is using Seattle as a model in how to make sure their product is entertaining. Unfortunately, some things cannot be taught.

MLS

The problem no one everyone saw coming has already reared its ugly head: NYCFC's star player and face of the franchise is being held onto by the "parent club" Manchester City.

A word of advice to the international soccer superstar who has accomplished more in his life than I could ever hope to match: You can only be part of opening night once. Freddie Ljungberg missed his chance and now he's in India.

With Frank Lampard gallivanting around Europe, there's a chance NYCFC will be paying for three Designated Players while only getting the services of two. No third DP has been signed yet.

The other New York club is hemorrhaging their own high-priced stars. Thierry Henry is gone, and Tim Cahill is being coy about his future with New York Red Bulls. It begs the question: Why would NYCFC even want to follow RBNY's example?

After a stint with Birmingham City, 24 year-old Brek Shea appears to be returning to MLS to play for the expansion Orlando City.

The Chicago Fire are in the midst of a major(ly needed) roster shakeup. They have their eyes on Ghanian David Accam, most recently of the Swedish leagues.

Houston Dynamo winger Boniek Garcia has been a designated player for three years, but the tag was removed this year after his transfer fee no longer counted towards his cap hit. This opens up a spot for a high-priced new player, and Erick Torres might be just the right fit.

For now, Bright Dike is staying in Toronto. Robbie Findley was also added as the team continues to chase their first playoff berth.

As we indicated last week, all indications are that the new DC Stadium is actually happening. Based on their current attendance trajectory, management may want to consider adding a few more seats to those beautiful renders.

Virginia is the new national champion of men's college soccer, the deciding penalty kick scored by a kid with two last names. Their victory over UCLA was the seventh in the school's history.

When MLS affiliate managers go to sleep tonight, they will see Zack Steffen's signing with the Bundesliga in their nightmares. The flirtatious charms of Europe will leave teams like S2 alone at the dance, with no one but that little asthmatic dweeb to make out with.*

*my apologies to any readers who suffer from asthma and are offended by this joke.

World

Club America are once again the champions of Mexico after their victory over UNAL Tigres.

There's reason to believe that Sepp Blatter will continue to be the president of FIFA through the next election.

A match in Peru was interrupted after a player was struck by lightning, all caught on video.

There's a reason why things like the Rooney Rule exist: Currently 25 percent of players in the Premier League are non-white, but only nineteen of English Football's 552 managerial positions can say the same.

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