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Major Link Soccer: David Villa signs with NYCFC

Just weeks after starting in the UEFA Champions League Final, David Villa is revealed as New York City FC's first signing.

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Could DeAndre Yedlin see some time at left back at the World Cup?

Yedlin spoke with Eight by Eight magazine about his meteoric rise to the World Cup roster.

On Sunday, South Sound FC moved to the top of the Evergreen Premier League table with a 2-1 win over Bellingham United at Harry Lang Stadium in Lakewood. South Sound FC holds a 1 point lead over Vancouver Victory FC with a game in hand.

The Sounders U23 took all 3 points in Portland against the Timbers U23, winning 1-0 on a Luis Esteves goal in the 56th minute.

Tristan Bowen and his brother Travis Bowen swapped jerseys after the match between the Sounders Reserves and LA Galaxy II.


New York City FC officially announced the signing of David Villa, making him the club's first signing. Villa has reportedly signed a 3-year contract with the club.

The Portland Timbers have traded defender Futty Danso to the Montreal Impact for a second round draft pick. They have also reportedly offered a DP contract to former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott worth over $2 million per year.

It looks like Sporting KC midfielder Oriol Rosell will join Fredy Montero at Lisbon's Sporting CP for a fee of €1 million ($1.36 million).

Colorado Rapids striker Deshorn Brown was named MLS Player of the Week for his brace in Colorado's 3-0 win over the Houston Dynamo.

The San Jose Earthquakes and the San Francisco 49ers have formed a new partnership to promote soccer matches over the next 5 years. The partnership makes sense geographically, as each team's new stadium sits only 6 miles away from its counterpart.

One of the city council's biggest supporters of the DC United stadium at Buzzard Point is now leaning toward voting against the stadium after funding for new transit to the stadium fell through.

Real Salt Lake midfielder Sebastian Velasquez was arrested on suspicion of DUI a few weeks ago and was formally charged last week, in addition to a speeding charge. Both charges are misdemeanors. Since his arrest, Velasquez has been away from the team, in accordance with league policy.

Landon Donovan has joined Brad Evans as members of the preliminary World Cup roster to be subjected to "US reject" chants at away games in MLS.


The USL Pro expansion franchise in St. Louis set to join the league next year will be known as St. Louis FC.

US Soccer

Alex Morgan and Shannon Boxx will make their returns to the USWNT this month in a couple of friendlies against France. The Seattle Reign will be represented by Hope Solo, Stephanie Cox, and Sydney Leroux.

World Cup

Ghana has finalized its World Cup roster. Jerry Akaminko, Jeffrey Schlupp, and David Accam are the 3 players who were cut from the 26-man squad.

Germany played to a 2-2 draw against Cameroon, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting finding the equalizer in the 78th minute. After the match, Germany named its 23-man roster for the World Cup, with Miroslav Klose the only listed striker.

Portugal's send-off match against Greece ended in a 0-0 draw.

Pro Soccer Talk has the final rosters of all 32 nations in the World Cup.

Although he was named to the final roster, France's Franck Ribery could miss the tournament due to "an ongoing back problem". Colombia's Radamel Falcao will definitely miss the World Cup, as he was left off his nation's final squad.

Vancouver Whitecaps right back Steven Beitashour has been named to the final World Cup roster for Iran.

Slim Jdidi, who worked the United States vs. Turkey friendly, is on the short list for the World Cup, despite having been suspended indefinitely by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) last year for his performance in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Microsoft is launching an Xbox One app for the World Cup called "Brazil Now".

Sports Illustrated is launching Planet Fútbol as a stand-alone site for soccer content.

A FIFA investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar respectively will not consider new allegations of bribes for the vote that awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar because there won't be enough time for the investigator to look into them before his report is due next week.

Just in case you missed this over the weekend and in the comments yesterday:


Frank Lampard has confirmed that he is leaving Chelseaamid reports that he could be NYCFC's next DP.

Despite interest from Monaco, Emmanuel Adebayor may be willing to take a significant pay cut to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.

Borussia Dortmund has signed Italian striker Ciro Immobile, who won Serie A's Golden Boot with 22 goals for Torino last season. Immobile signed a 5-year deal with the club and represents Robert Lewandowski's replacement.

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane could fill the same role at Aston Villa, as Villa manager Paul Lambert is looking for a replacement for Ian Culverhouse. If hired, Keane would still maintain his current role with the national team.

Soccer on TV

Friendly 12:00 PM Brazil vs. Panama beIN Sports, beIN en Español
Friendly 3:50 PM Greece vs. Nigeria beIN Sports, beIN en Español
Documentary 4:30 PM Inside: US Soccer's March to Brazil ESPN
Friendly 6:30 PM Mexico vs. Bosnia ESPN2, UniMás

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