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Major Link Soccer: Wambach makes waves

And as we watch, football slowly moves into every MLS stadium.

Wambach remembers.
Wambach remembers.
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Have a happy Memorial Day everyone.


The rumors have been flying around New York faster than bicycles at rush hour. There's so many of them i'm just going to link the names instead of writing repetitive sentences for each one: Mario GomezSulley MuntariDani OsvaldoDidier Drogba, Andrea Pirlo. There's probably Ronaldo and Messi to New York Red Bulls/New York City FC if we look hard enough.

Once a Metro displayed a series of Twitter posts demonstrating indifference with the Philadelphia club up the road. Maybe they should have paid more attention; the Union downed them 2-0 over the weekend.

Jason Kreis left Real Salt Lake in 2014, departing a team that he made into a perennial contender to be part of an expansion side. The Reals* demonstrated their appreciation by beating his new club into 2-0 submission.

It wasn't bad enough that Portland Timbers lost to Toronto FC, but injury was added to insult when Diego Valeri left with a rolled ankle. It's getting a little late to be early for a Portland side with more games played than points.

Suddenly, David Beckham isn't so insistent in a soccer-only facility, reportedly open to sharing a building with the University of Miami Football team. Wonder if it has anything to do with his new NASL competition.

In an effort to be more like Seattle, Orlando City fans are having an internal debate on the merits of a soccer-specific stadium.

In Seattle we're putting the finishing touches on a SoDo Arena proposal which WILL PASS AND BE AMAZING SHUT UP. DC United is going through the same process with their new building, as the Washington city council holds a public hearing on street vaca... *snooze.*

Toronto FC will be sharing their building with the city's Toronto Argonauts next year and for the forseeable future, and it seems fans of each team aren't all warm and fuzzy. One TFC fan even took the time to verbally assault GM Tim Leiweke, responsible for spending more money on the team's roster than any other in MLS.

(By my count, 8 MLS teams could be sharing their space with a football team by the end of the decade)

*Really real really

U.S. National Team

The New York Times spent some... time with technically Seattle Reign Midfielder Abby Wambach, and the takes have never been hotter. When her USWNT teammates woke up on Friday morning, they were likely barraged with texts and tweets linking to this article, in which she calls out inexperienced players, coaches, turf, and marriage. Perhaps the most notable quote was this one, when she asked herself why she scores:

"Because people are a little bit scared. They're like: ‘I'm going to pump that ball up to Wambach, see what happens. I don't want to play this little 5-yard ball, because if I pass it and it gets picked off and we get scored on, then it's my fault.' The nerves and stress make people play a little more direct, make them play a little ‘Let's just pump the ball in there; this is a safer play.' And I just make stuff happen."


Everyone loves a good relegation escape, none more so than Newcastle fans today.

Check out this comprehensive list of all the scandals FIFA has been involved with since Sepp Blatter started sitting in the big chair. Where there's smoke, there's Blatter.

For all the complaining some of us do, sports reporting is a pretty cushy job. That's why it is funny to see some veterans complaining about dumb press conferences that would have still been dumb if they didn't involve a baby or Marshawn Lynch.

Soccer is invading every channel on the television spectrum, signaling the end of times as The Bible foretold.

Not all soccer injuries are fake:

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