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Major Link Soccer: The Real Story Behind the Chad Marshall Injury

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We now have full details on what happened that fateful Saturday, and also get a look at the pre-MLS years. Sacramento is pushing hard for "promotion".

The Air Marshall spots a flight risk
The Air Marshall spots a flight risk
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Seattle

After advancing farther than ever last season, the University of Washington Men's Soccer Team will start 2014 ranked sixth in the nation according to an NCAA preseason poll.

The Seattle Times has the real story on the Chad Marshall injury (BRAD EVANS WAS IN THE CAR!), as well as what was up with the turf Sunday night.

MLS

If you weren't at the Seattle Reign match on Wednesday, you probably saw the MLS team take victory from Bayern Munich with a 2-1 scoreline. But is the game really anything more than a distraction for the players involved? And is that even a bad thing?

Sacramento is doing a terrific job of inserting themselves into the MLS expansion talk now that Miami is having such serious problems.

"We're ready to take Beckham's place"

-Sacramento Republic FC Head Coach "Preki"

The Sounders will be without one of their Designated Players this weekend when they take on Real Salt Lake, but the Utah club could have their newest high-priced addition on the field in Sebastian Jaime. It sounds like he most likely won't be ready until at least the August 22nd match with FC Dallas, but we've seen that big talent can jump right off the plane and go (eg Obafemi Martins.)

We got a taste of DaMarcus Beasley last night, and Jermaine Jones may be the next US man to join him in MLS. The New England Revolution have been courting him hard, but these sorts of dates require permission from the parents, AKA MLS.

Detroit's Silverdome was once one of the great stadiums in the United States. Back in 1994, it hosted a pivotal World Cup match which made Eric Wynalda's star. Now, it is a decrepit husk of a sporting venue just waiting for one of the many harebrained remodeling schemes to stick. Something has been salvaged though: An old list of cities that MLS was pitting against each other in an attempt to find the original 10 they would start their league with three years later. It is a fascinating list.

Octavio Zambrano was once a middling coach for a middling New York/New Jersey Metrostars team, and now he wants back into the league.

The problem: Fixing Chivas USA. Turning around a moribund franchise takes a lot of work and a focused strategy. It's a well known fact that if you bring together two different properties, their popularity rubs off on each other. It worked when Scooby Doo met Batman and Robin: The Dark Knight owes his sleuthing abilities to that famous dog detective. If the rumors are to be believed, noted soccer fan/USA troll Rihanna may throw her talent behind Chivas' turnaround by buying the club herself.

The Brotherly Game digs in deep and finds out what it means to be banned in MLS.

For some reason, DC United has created a partnership with Sunderland.

World

NBC Sports has been a boon for soccer broadcasting in the USA, but perhaps the greatest thing they have done is bring us "Coach Lasso". The legendary American Football guru once again is lending his talents to the soccer pitch in a new series of adverts for the network's EPL coverage.