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Major Link Soccer: New season, new ratings

It looks like the 2015 season brought with it a few new fans.

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The Seattle Sounders had three players featured in MLSsoccer's Team of the Week. You can probably guess the first two, but the third, Tyrone Mears, may come as bit of a surprise. Mears played well in his first MLS game, choosing good times to join the attack and of course laying a beautiful cross which Obafemi Martins finished for the Sounders' second goal.

The Sounders' third goal is up for selection on this season's first Goal of the Week. There were some other pretty solid contenders though.


Maybe all of this making fun of the Union has actually been good for them. This weekend, the Philadelphia team experienced their highest viewership ratings ever.

They weren't the only ones to reel in the fans for opening season though, as TSN had an average of 353,000 viewers tune in to their Vancouver-Toronto FC match.

Jozy Altidore scored two goals in that match. Although I'm sure most Southsiders were unimpressed, one in particular showed it a bit more memorably than others.

It appears that Salt Lake City fans are going to have a shot at at seeing playoffs. A recent report said that Rio Tinto will be the site of CONCACAF's Olympic qualifying semifinal and final.

Not to be outdone by Orlando City SC, New York City FC are hoping to fill their own stadium for their home opener. The club just opened up the 400 level of Yankee Stadium for their game against the New England Revolution. The club also announced yesterday that they've sold 15,000 season tickets for 2015.

MLS starting weekend sure was exciting, right? Well if you had so much fun that you just can't wait for the next weekend of games, maybe this list of 12 MLS short films can hold you over.

If on the other hand you'd like to relive some of the opening weekend excitement, take a look at this's roundup of tifos from around the league.

You may have heard of Kentucky's newest professional soccer team: Louisville City FC. However you probably have not heard the story of their inception. The story begins on Facebook, features an Orlando City owning architect, and involves heavy usage of the word "millennial." So yes, you should read it.

We all hate when players dive, which is part of why MLS has strived to cut it out of the game, often issuing yellows in game or even punishing players retroactively. Orlando City's head coach, Adrian Heath, thinks we may have taken our hatred for diving too far. Heath said in an interview that that perhaps referees should not have to give a yellow card for simulation, especially considering how difficult it is to make a correct call with something like diving in the heat of the moment.

A teenage fan put a bet out on Twitter before NYCFC's first game: if Mix Diskerud scored the New York club's first goal, he would somehow change his name to reflect Mix's. Well it looks like he's begun the process.


Take a look at Sports Illustrated's collection of tifos from around the world. The Timbers Army's work is featured a whooping zero times (unless you count Cascadia Sam,) compared to the ECS's two. Reason #482 the Sounders are better.

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