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Major Link Soccer: MLS CUP WEEK

No matter who you root for as a soccer fan and more importantly an MLS fan, this has to be one of the most exciting weeks of the year.

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Major League Soccer

Everything you ever wanted to know about MLS Cup Host City Columbus and of course who else better to tell you all you need to know than the original "Soccer Dude" Frankie Hejduk!!

In case you need a refresher on how we got to the Final, you can watch  all the goals from the 2015 MLS playoffs here!!

Seabastian Giovinco came to MLS looking for a change, a challenge, and a new opportunity and ended up finding much more.

Seattle

Tuesday the Seattle Sounders announced that they have partnered with North Carolina youth club Twin City Youth Soccer Association as their first out of state youth partner.

The Seattle Sounders Academy landed one player on the NSCAA 2015 All-America Team, and two on the MAC Hermann Semifinalist list.

U.S. Soccer

One thing is for certain, Carli Lloyd's goal from midfield in the World Cup Final should win the FIFA Puskas Award, but will Lloyd win FIFA Women's World Player of the Year?

The next cycle of U17 players will be on display this week in Florida as the USA takes on England, Holland, and Brazil in the Nike International Friendlies.

Soccer is a growth sport in the USA, where watching soccer on TV is a $1 billion dollar privilege. That is the cost NBCUniversal splashed out to bring EPL soccer to America (and it has paid dividends.)

Charlie Davies talks about his recovery from a near-fatal car wreck and the troubled past he has overcome.

World Soccer

Bayer Leverkusen want an American star. Is there one? Talking in the "What If sense" chairman Michael Schade said he would love it if an "American player came to Leverkusen and scored every week". So would any team in the world!

Every team needs to have a special one. Ronald Koeman, Roberto Baggio, Sinisha Mihajlovic, Juninho Pernambucano, and now Mauro Zarate.

Manchester City and Everton are into the Capitol One Cup semifinals. City smashed Hull City 4-1 while Everton dispatched Middlesbourgh 2-0.

Back in July of 2010, Paul Gascoigne hit one of his many rock bottoms by turning up at the scene of the Raoul Moat armed siege in Rothbury. What he had done before he arrived and what he brought was another story!

Chelsea owner Roman Abromovich has a vision and is willing to spend some money to make that vision a reality.

FIFA is pulling the wool over its sponsors eyes. The sponsors Adidas, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Visa, and Anheuser-Busch were orginally offered places on the FIFA reform committe, but instead were given advisory board seats.

Goals of the week: A bike, a chip, and a practice ground free kick.

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