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Major Link Soccer: Jermaine Jones gets six games off

For Jones' physical altercation with an official, the former New England Revolution midfielder gets twice the suspension that Clint Dempsey received from the league in the Open Cup in June.

One of many moments of contact initiated by Jones towards referee Mark Geiger in New England's 2-1 first round playoff loss to D.C. United.
One of many moments of contact initiated by Jones towards referee Mark Geiger in New England's 2-1 first round playoff loss to D.C. United.
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Seattle

The Washington Post has a write-up on Lamar Neagle for unfamiliar DC United fans.

The Seattle Sounders have a new technology partner working on injury prevention: Say hello to Kitman Labs.

MLS

Jermaine Jones received a 6-game suspension from MLS on Friday for making contact with referee Mark Geiger in the first round of the playoffs against D.C. United, which could affect his status for the USMNT in two World Cup Qualifiers in the spring should he find a new team in MLS.

The head of the MLS Players Union has expressed mixed feelings about the new influx of Targeted Allocation Money from the league, citing concerns over the potential threat to "middle class" players as well as micromanagement of how teams construct their rosters.

The Portland front office didn't waste any time filling the hole at LB left by the sale of Jorge Villafaña earlier in the week, trading for Crew defender Chris Klute in exchange for general allocation money. All things considered, this is probably an annoyingly savvy move from the Timbers.

Although the New York Red Bulls exercised his option for the upcoming 2016 season, homegrown defender Matt Miazga has reportedly turned down "significant pay-raise" extension offers in favor of a European move. Earning his first USMNT cap in November, Miazga's 2015 salary was $68,250.

WorldSoccerTalk has an article saying what we were all thinking during the MLS Cup: why put it up against football?

The Columbus Crew's Justin Meram (17 caps for the Iraqi National Team) is one of 10 finalists for Iraqi Professional Player of 2015; you can vote for him here.

Former D.C. United and New England Revolution midfielder Clyde Simms underwent a kidney transplant on Friday, hoping for better results than a year ago when the same procedure resulted in his body rejecting the transplant.

USA

SoccerWire explores the issues for the average parent-coach navigating the U.S. Soccer coaching curriculum.

Another former Bayern Munich player has publicly spoken negatively of Jurgan Klinnsman's time in charge at the German club, this time Toni Kroos in an interview with Zeit Sport.

World

CONMEBOL President Juan Angel Napout officially resigned on Friday following his arrest in last week's latest FIFA  bust; Napout now faces charges in the U.S. for bribery and racketeering.

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