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Major Link Soccer: Leaving the Desert

CCL Match day, hatred expenditure, and MLS pointlessly votes on the league's best rivalries

Kenny Cooper likely complicates things for some FC Dallas fans
Kenny Cooper likely complicates things for some FC Dallas fans
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The Sounders were seemingly successful in their attempt yesterday to imbue a false set of confidence in their season-opening match opponents.


The CONCACAF Champions League picked back up this week with Montreal earning a draw on two valuable goals at Pachuca. asks where this result ranks in MLS CCL history.

The CCL continues today with the first competitive match of 2015 for a US team. Black And Red United has a preview of today's match. DC United fans can only hope along with the rest of us that their CCL journey is not made entirely futile by the continually lingering prospect of an MLS player strike.


Both good and bad news on the soccer stadium front. The good news is that the NASL's Indy Eleven's bid for a stadium handily passed the Indiana State House of Representatives.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Real Salt Lake ownership has officially rescinded their ambitious plans to build a new stadium just for Real Monarchs. For now they will share usage of Rio Tinto with RSL.


Seattle currently finds itself in second place in at least one preseason power ranking. Specifically, the ranking of FC Dallas fans' hatred.

The question of Seattle fans' most hated team is one that hardly calls for a poll. Everyone already knows about the best rivalry in MLS, which makes this poll completely unnecessary.

But what about those poor soccer fans across America who somehow haven't yet learned about their own domestic league? The Kansas City Star has some suggestions on how to pitch MLS to those fans.

Now excuse me while I take just a brief moment out of sharing links to officially grant you all permission to be excited about the 2015 MLS Season. In fact, I give you permission to be more excited than Philadelphia Union fans. They are only allowed to be excited until the moment Obafemi Martins comes off the bench.

As the offseason winds down, LA Galaxians are finally settling into the fifth stage of their Landon Donovan grief and accepting that he isn't coming back. The question now is if they can still win without him.

With a new rivalry opening up in NYC, the New York Cosmos are determined to remind everyone that they still exist by with some strategically placed advertising.

Will this year be the year that Toronto FC finally finds some success? Jozy Altidore says that he's on a mission to turn TFC around and he is adamant that joining MLS was his decision and not a fate that was forced upon him.

A former Toronto FC player accuses Canadian MLS teams of exploiting their players.

National Team

As expected, Hope Solo has been reinstated by US Soccer and was interviewed yesterday morning by ABC news about her recent life decisions.

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