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Major Link Soccer: Are we heading toward a strike?

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U-20 MNT earns playoff berth, Kljestan scores two, and Michael Bradley thinks free agency is worth a player strike.

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Seattle

I'm not angry, Hope. I'm just disappointed.

Unclear if this should really be filed under Seattle news, but there was some thought that Sacha Kljestan was a Sounders target even if LA Galaxy is probably in the lead for his servicesKljestan bagged a brace in a Belgian Cup win.

MLS

Michael Bradley thinks that free agency is absolutely worth an MLS player strike. Collective bargaining negotiations are going to be fun!

Ah, the mid-season friendlies. Owners love them because they bring in the dollars. Fans seem to be mixed. I'm guessing players and coaches dislike them because of increased injury chance for a mostly meaningless game. Kind of like what happened to Frank Lampard.

RBNY officially announced that they will have a USL Pro team this year. And that's it. No name, no date. They're like a college student putting off all their homework to the last... uh oh...

The Vancouver Whitecaps signed former Portland Timbers defender Pa Madou Kah, bringing him back to Cascadia where he is... loved so much.

Colorado will be hosting the All-Star Game for the second time in 8 years because . . . because MLS? The 'stache (Pablo Mastroeni) will be coaching, but the opponent has not been announced yet. The homegrown player game will be back for a second year in a row as well.

USMNT

Brad Guzan is ready for the responsibility of being the starter.

Tesho Akindele (Canada) and Julio Morales (Mexico) are two dual nationals that Jurgen Klinsmann is trying to flip. Klinsmann reports that Akindele is playing well, but he isn't sure which country he's going to choose yet.

The U-20 team finished 3-1-1 in the group stage, so they are moving on to a 4 team playoff in which 2 teams will advance to the World Cup in New Zealand. There are a lot of near goals in the highlights.

World

The biggest clubs were lining up for Norwegian 16-year old Martin Odegaard, and it looks like Real Madrid is the winner.

Manchester United may have to make a choice between David De Gea and Garreth Bale. I found it a bit surprising that 99% of Man U fans prefer to keep De Gea.