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Major Link Soccer: Putin says Blatter should get the Nobel Peace Prize

Seems like a fair trade for a World Cup! Carli Lloyd is rewarded for a very big year. The MLS Home Grown system is broken.

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Seattle

Panamanian central midfielder Pedro Jeanine is popping up on the Sounders rumor radar again, and his agent is very familiar with the Seattle team at this point.

In case you missed it, CenturyLink is hosting several Copa América Centenario games this summer, and season ticket holders for either the Sounders or Seattle Reign will be getting an early access sale.

At this point, it just seems like a matter of days or possibly weeks until Jordan Morris has to make a decision and tell the world he's signing with the Sounders something, anything. Jurgen Klinsmann thinks it's obvious that his next step is to go pro.

Major League Soccer

Re-signing news from around the league: Journeyman goalkeeper Josh Saunders signed a new deal at NYCFC. Orlando City and Portland Timbers were apparently bored and participated in a draft known as the Re-entry Draft stage 2. OCSC took Kevin Alston, while the Portlands took Jermaine Taylor. Chicago Fire signed two HGP's, young men who until recently were playing at Northwestern and Wisconsin.

Speaking of Home Grown signings, here's the story of how a lack of transparency and clarity in the MLS rules (shocking, I know) for Home Grown eligibility have led to confusion and tug-of-wars (tugs-of-war?) over certain players.

LA Galaxy signed defender and (briefly) former Sounder Daniel Steres, who captain LA Galaxy II last USL season.

The Timbers did some more housekeeping around the edges of their roster, re-signing Ben Zemanski, Nick Besler and Andy Thoma.

Meanwhile, Houston Dynamo re-signed some key pieces of their squad, inking new deals with Ricardo Clark, Sheanon Williams and Oscar Boniek Garcia.

As we mourn the loss of Marco Pappa, he is not backing down from the high expectations his new bottom-dwelling club has for him to jump-start their offense in 2016. One thing is certain, the Rapids just got about 50 times more fun to watch.

Is Dan Kennedy actually not that good? The Galaxy may be falling for the "Kennedy is underrated" line a little too hard in signing him. Or, they are going to pull a Seattle and revive his career like Stefan Frei's.

MLS Live is back, and it is still the best option for streaming out-of-market MLS games. Despite threats from ESPN's rights, the service lives to tell the tale of another season on your various devices.

Atlanta United is going to have a great 2016, according to this Atlanta United fan. Ah, the heady days before joining MLS. Everything seems possible, every DP target seems attainable. We'll see, Atlanta, we'll see.

Columbus is sad. But they will be back. Watch a cool MLS cup #supercut video about it here (spoiler alert, the Timbers still win).

Hudson River Blue continues their excellent series investigating the relationship between City Football Group and NYCFC. This time its a sit-down with Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl.

Detroit City FC is about to out-soccer-hipster absolutely everyone with their $1 million crowdfunded soccer stadium for NPSL's "Le Rouge."

The MLS MVP Award trophy is really ugly.

USWNT

Abby Wambach has retired, and her head was a very important part of her game, and her legacy. So here is an ode to Abby Wambach's head.

With 18 goals in just under 2,000 minutes this year, many of them key in attaining a World Cup title, Carli Lloyd wins her second Female Player of the Year award.

World

El Salvador authorities have arrested the former head of the soccer federation there, who is wanted on US corruption charges.

Sepp Blatter is just totally "bewildered" by the ethics allegations against him, he says. He doesn't need to worry too much, he's still got very powerful friends. Vladimir Putin, for one, thinks Blatter should be top of the list for the Nobel Peace Prize!

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