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Major Link Soccer: San Antonio stadium plans all-in for MLS expansion

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The San Antonio Scorpions want to be your next MLS team, but they might have competition from a squad in Sacramento.

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Seattle

Granted, they aren't the Sounders, but they are from Seattle. The Seattle Times posted an article detailing how the Husky men's soccer team is poised for a deep run into the NCAA Tournament this year.

MLSSoccer.com is handicapping the Supporters' Shield race. Good news -- the Sounders are still the best. Bad news -- D.C. United and the Galaxy are also favored.

A generic Sounders fan was spotted enjoying the weather near Orcas Island over the weeked.

MLS

Real Salt Lake is one step closer to fielding a USL PRO team after the Utah State Fairpark's Board of Directors approved the proposal for an 8,000 seat stadium. The new venue will be funded by Real Salt Lake, who will host the USL PRO team at Rio Tinto Stadium until the new stadium is completed.

San Antonio is making a big case for MLS expansion into Texas after unveiling expansion plans to make Toyota Field one of the finer facilities in the nation. The potentially $45 million expansion would add close to 10,000 additional seats at the home of the San Antonio Scorpions.

Two executives from MLS will be in Sacramento in mid-September to explore options of expanding into the market. A new stadium would be required, and there is chatter that the Sacramento Kings might hop in with Republic FC to make the leap into MLS.

Despite the coaching change in Toronto, Waking the Red says not to expect too much change early on.

Quite a few people are upset that MLS refuses to abide by FIFA dates and Jurgen Klinsmann might be the one with the loudest voice, calling the whole thing a "lose-lose for both sides".

World

With the transfer deadline over, it is time to be critical of the decisions clubs either made or didn't make. Yahoo! News reported the English Premier League was the biggest spender out of the European leagues (not too big of a surprise there) as it spent collectively a new record amount on transfers. Vice has a great breakdown of the absurdities of the hoopla surrounding the transfer deadline. BBC talks about whether some clubs over paid, or pulled off a steal, with some of the big name transfers.

Illegal streams of EPL matches might be harder to come by after a large illegal streaming operation was shut down on Monday.

There has been a lot of chatter about Canada hosting the 2015 Women's World Cup on artificial turf instead of grass. For all of the criticism, there have been a few sound voices pointing out how willing the women players will play on turf when money is involved. Even amongst the loud voices, a third (sane) option of laying down sod and letting it grow over the turf is starting to gain traction.