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Major Link Soccer: That Champions League feeling

Manchester United crashed out, Manchester City left it late, and Ronaldo hit four.

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World Soccer

Anthony Martial scored early and Wolfsburg scored late. The German club advances as group winners and United crash out of the Champions League into the Europa Cup. All of Tuesday's scores can be found here.

Three goals in six minutes pushed Manchester City to the top of their group and into the next round. Raheem Sterling hit two goals on his 21st birthday.

Christian Ronaldo had four, Karim Benzema had three and Real Madrid rolled over Malmo. With his four goals Ronaldo became the first player this year to hit double digits in Champions League goals.

We read in yesterday's links that the Augsburg keeper Marwin Hitz damaged the penalty spot before Cologne striker Anthony Modeste slipped and missed the spot kick. Now Cologne's stadium manager wants things repaired and has sent a bill to Hitz.

Michel Platini is going to the top (top court that is.) Platini is taking his case to the CAS (Court of Arbitration for sport) in hopes that his 90 day FIFA ban will be appealed, thus allowing him to resume his campaign for the FIFA presidency.

What's the next untapped market for soccer? If you ask Arsenal, AC Milan, and Bayern Munich they will all say China.

Seattle

Tryouts are coming on both coasts and one lucky player gets a SFC2 first-team opportunity. Seattle Sounders FC 2 announced on Tuesday that open tryouts for the 2016 team start January 28-29 in North Carolina and finish up in Seattle on February 19-20.

The Seattle Sounders might not be adding any players before the end of the year, but don't worry: when they do add a player, they feel the roster will get filled pretty quickly.

Major League Soccer

Jorge Villafana was discovered on a reality TV show called Sueno, he won the reality contest and signed an MLS contract for Chivas USA. A few years later Villafana was traded to the Portland Timbers, and now after winning the MLS Cup Villafana has been sold to Santos Laguna for $1 million. Next step: USMNT left back?

Major League Soccer owners approved expanding to 28 teams last weekend, which has Sacramento Republic FC president Warren Smith feeling more and more like joining MLS is a real possibility.

Former player John Thorrington has been hired by LAFC to be the clubs Vice President of Soccer Operations. LAFC is expected to start play in 2018.

U.S. Soccer

The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated Panama 6-1 in their second match of the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship.

Sunil Gulati, the president of U.S. Soccer, said a "series of mistakes" and a "screw up" led to a failure to ensure a field was suitable for an international women’s soccer match.

CONCACAF announced on Monday that its executive committee members will operate the confederation as a whole (rule by committee) until the new presidential election in May.

Goals of the week: Goals from the seat of your pants and distance.

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