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Major Link Soccer: Sounders working on new lease

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Also, Joao Plata just got a raise, but will be taking an unwanted vacation along with it.

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Seattle

It doesn't look like the Sounders are going to be getting any new turf in 2015, but they may be getting a new lease that improves the turf replacement process.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman speaks the truth. Whether or not you believe his "conflict of interests" comments about Roger Goodell and Robert Kraft, it's certainly true that Sherman's comments reflect a greater distrust in the NFL.

MLS

The soccer gods have acted ambiguously concerning the future of Joao Plata. On one hand, the small Ecuadorian forward just signed a new contract with RSL (making him a youth Designated Player), but on the other hand he fractured a metatarsal, which should keep him off the field for about three or four months.

In the latest version of "MLS player moves to Europe; soon moves back," Juan Agudelo appears close to signing a deal with the New England Revolution. Agudelo signed for Stoke on a free transfer, was barred from joining the team based on work permit issues, and has been trying his luck around Europe ever since.

We all talk about how much we want MLS to become a mainstream league, but what happens when we're there? Could we see increased ticket, merchandise, and television costs? Will I no longer be able to retain this feeling of superiority over my neighbor Jim who "just wants to see people score?" Only time will tell.

The Deportivo Cali-to-MLS pipeline is not through quite yet, as the Colombian team just finalized the transfer of midfielder Cristian Higuita to Orlando City.

New York City FC may be on their way to their first loan from Manchester City FC. Manchester City youth player Shay Facey has been apart of preseason training with the New York Club.

The east coast blizzard isn't all bad! The Philadelphia Union took the obvious step and are offering a Blizzard15 promotion. Sidenote, does anyone know who's in charge of the Union? Is anyone in charge of the Union?

World

The USWNT's World Cup lead-up schedule has been released, with many matches fairly accessible to fans. All games will be shown on one of ESPN, ESPN2, FOX, or FOX Sports 1, although unfortunately the majority will be shown on FS1.

Hope Solo's latest suspension is not the first time she's been in trouble with U.S. Soccer. In 2007, after being punished by the USWNT for speaking out against veteran goalkeeper Briana Scurry and subsequently being accepted back into the team, Solo helped change the notion that members of a women's soccer team must all like each other. Could Solo's latest incidents again be changing how we see women's soccer?

While Spanish giant FC Barcelona will be touring stateside this summer, it appears unlikely that they will play in the MLS All-Star Game.

It looks like Sepp Blatter is going to have a challenger for FIFA President. Head of Dutch FA Michael van Praag has announced his intentions to run for the position.