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Major Link Soccer: Betting it's illegal

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Washington residents are spending big bucks on daily fantasy sites, even though they're against state law.

This picture is sad.
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MLS

For the first time since 2009, the yearly MLS Best XI does not include a Seattle Sounder. This year's roster features three Columbus Crew stars, along with two FC Dallas players and one unidentified fan.

A third Texas city wants into Major League Soccer, and they're willing to pay $21 million on land acquisition alone to get it. (Because that's what we need; more trips to San Antonio on the schedule.)

A big bus of Columbus Crew fans almost didn't make it to their victory over the New York Red Bulls when their vehicle ran into mechanical issues.

Vidja Games

FIFA 16 is pretty good about updating rosters every week, and that's part of the reason they have a big sales lead on their main competitor, Pro Evolution Soccer (having nearly every major league under license doesn't hurt.) This week is the one where the later finally updates their teams to be in line with the real world (at least until the next acquisition, which has probably already happened.)

The hammer is slowly coming down on daily Fantasy Football, and we're starting to get an idea of the number of people spending money on gambling services like DraftKings and FanDuel even in states where they're illegal. Washingtonians reportedly spent over $422,000 in entry fees alone, which makes sense (since they're going to run those awful commercials on local broadcasts whether it's illegal here or not.)

EPL

Looking to stay in the English hunt, Chelsea is reportedly ready to spend $45 million on Alex Teixeira.