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Major Link Soccer: What's Next, MLS?

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The new branding is here. David Villa says the Sounders are the best. Expansion draft day set.

Dempsey, pre mic-drop.
Dempsey, pre mic-drop.
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Seattle

Seattle phenom Jordan Morris talks about what it was like to be called up by Klinsmann for the Czech Republic friendly, and many other subjects in this wide-ranging interview with Sporting News.

This is a quote from David Villa: "looking at the standings, I think this year Seattle are above the rest by a lot not only in points, but also in their play."  Just saying.

In college ball, Sounder Darwin Jones had a nice game against FGCU, according to this recap.

Major League Soccer (+USOC, CCL)

So the new logo (sorry, MLS Next) has happened.  And the response is strong, and mixed.  The yelling is angry, it's happy, it's everything.  But, maybe more importantly, the response has been pretty creative, given the nature of the design.  More on this later.

Graham Parker has a nice piece on ESPN FC about the US Open Cup, with a big dose of the Sounders' recent victory thrown in, so it's worth a read either way.

Will Chivas TBD be playing in MLS in 2015?  It would appear that's a big, official maybe.  But what does that say about the league?  Are there hints of instability...contraction, even?

Mark your calendars for sadness, the NYCFC and Orlando City expansion draft has been scheduled for December.

Rio Tinto stadium will soon have the largest video board in MLS.

Sporting KC have defeated Saprissa in Champions League action, an important win in group two.

Martin Rodgers, a British soccer writer for Yahoo Sports, is moving on, and says goodbye in a long love letter to American soccer.

The Colorado Rapids have a new USL Pro affiliate, Charlotte Independence.

The mayor of Revere, Massachusetts is named Dan Rizzo.  He is sad that a giant casino will not be built on a soon-to-be-former racetrack location 5 miles from downtown Boston.  But on the other hand, a stadium for the New England Revolution would fit quite nicely there, wouldn't it?

Montreal Impact have signed former Ghana U-20 player Jame Bissue, a 23-year-old midfielder.

World

It's always good to celebrate a goal, but it's a good idea to look before you leap.  Imagine if this had happened to Roger Levesque during the scuba celebration?