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Major Link Soccer: LA Galaxy mulling over Andrea Pirlo

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Could LA bring over the ageless Italian from Juventus? Plus some crazy goals coming from Europe.

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Sounders

The Supporters Shield is a nice piece to put in the mantle, but it looks like Seattle isn't as interested in chasing after it if the lineup against New York is any indication. ESPN FC details why that is the case.

Clint Dempsey made the cut as the best player from Texas according to Top Drawer Soccer. Do you agree with their picks for the rest of the 49 states?

MLS

Al Jazeera has a great article on how Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is bringing a MLS franchise to Atlanta without much of the hoopla attached to other such expansion teams like New York City FC and Orlando City SC.

The Goat Parade has one of worst blogging jobs on the planet -- discussing one of the worst run franchises in the nation that might be going on an unprecedented hiatus, and trying to figure out if that is a good idea.

The LA Galaxy might be one-upping all other designated players as they mull over a bid for Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo. Pirlo would most likely replace the retired Landon Donovan.

There has been a lot on academy players recently, especially considering the success of DeAndre Yedlin. MLSSoccer.com breaks down how a focus on academy players should be the next step for the entire league.

Toronto is upgrading BMO Field to increase capacity to approximately 30,000. The initial pictures are looking pretty nice, but Waking the Red isn't very impressed.

On the tangent of stadiums, the San Jose Earthquakes announced a seating design pattern for the main seating bowl of the new stadium. The pattern reportedly contains a coded message related to the club.

USWNT

Hope Solo and the USWNT have gotten some bad press lately after it was decided the star goalkeeper would remain on the team while her legal issues involving a domestic dispute swirl around her. Considering the fact that the NFL thrust domestic violence into national attention, The Atlantic puts to rest the notion that Hope Solo is exactly like Ray Rice.

Europe

ESPN FC has a fun little article describing what Premier League teams' formations would look like if they used the players that best served their tactics. Wayne Rooney isn't too happy with his placement.

SC Paderborn is no longer at the top of the Bundesliga table thanks to a thrashing by Bayern Munich on Tuesday, but read up on the little team that no one knows much about.

Speaking of Paderborn, here is Mortiz Stoppelkamp setting a record breaking goal from 82 meters away.

The Liverpool Ladies had a really bizarre match against Birmingham the other day.

Gorodn Taylor, the Professional Footballers' Association chief executive, said the Football League failed to look into the "Rooney Rule" in an effort to increase the number of black managers in the English leagues.