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Major Link Soccer: Real Madrid signs James Rodriguez

There were a few big signings in Europe on an otherwise quiet news day.

Denis Doyle


Terry Kegel, the founder of the West Seattle Cup soccer tournament, will represent the Sounders in the MLS Community MVP Contest. Votes can be cast here until Friday and the winner is awarded a $10,000 grant to the charity of their choice.

A few people were grumbling when the LA Galaxy game got moved to Monday night. Coach Sigi Schmid isn't one of those people.


Once A Metro does a fine job of breaking down what is going on in MLS during Week 19.

In the least surprising Landon Donovan admission of the week, the midfielder said his days of playing in the EPL are most likely over.


Arsenal has shelled out £3 million for Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina and he is expected to compete with Wojciech Szczesny for the starting position.

Quell those NYCFC rumors for now because Xavi isn't going anywhere.

The Real Madrid and Barcelona arms race continues after Real Madrid announced the signing of James Rodriguez.

UEFA ordered a partial closure of Paris St-Germain's stadium for its next Champions League game after the hometown fans verbally abused disabled Chelsea fans during a match last season.

The transfer market is usually what draws all the attention in Europe during the summer, but the Daily Mail doesn't want anyone to forget about these academy products expected to make a big impact this season.

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said that he plans on keeping Julian Green instead of loaning him out before the season starts.

Louis van Gaal has been told to go buck wild to find the right player for Manchester United.

Here is the best rumor threat of all time:

World Cup

FIFA's report on corruption charges involving the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids is now delayed until September. In the end, that really doesn't matter much since the report won't be made public anyway.

The next World Cup is essentially four full years away, so the media is getting started early being critical of Russia's preparations for the tournament. The BBC reports that the 2018 is already set to top the 2014 World Cup as the most expensive in history.

After bowing out of the World Cup in quite the embarrassing way, Dunga was named the replacement to Luiz Felipe as coach of the Brazilian national team. It is Dunga's second time around with the squad after he was the coach between 2006 and 2010.

Greg Dyke, FA chairman, said England will not bid on a host for the World Cup until FIFA's process becomes a bit more transparent.

Soccer on TV

4 p.m. friendly Toronto FC vs. Tottenham ESPN2
4:30 p.m. friendly Liverpool vs. Roma NBCSN
6 p.m. friendly Sporting KC vs. Manchester City ESPN2
7:30 p.m. friendly LA Galaxy vs. Manchester United Fox Sports 1
7:30 p.m. MLS San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire NBCSN

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