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Major Link Soccer: Russia to use prison labor

Also Sepp Blatter thinks he's a goat.

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World

In preparation for the 2018 World Cup, Russia is planning to use prison labor to help lower the cost of building materials. When working on similar projects in the past, Russian prison workers have earned about $300 a month.

Sure Carlo Ancelotti won Real Madrid their tenth Champions League title, but that doesn't mean they have to keep him around after he spent his second season with the team not winning a single trophy. Real sacked the Italian manager yesterday, and are rumored to be bringing in Rafa Benitez for next season.

When thinking of animals to compare Sepp Blatter to, the first one that comes to mind probably isn't a mountain goat. Unless you're Sepp Blatter that is, who when thinking of animals to compare himself to, decided to bring up the mountain goat. The scary part is why Blatter likens himself to the enduring animal: "I cannot be stopped."

If Louis van Gaal had given out candy hearts to his players as end-of-season treats here's what they would have said.

Chelsea held their Premier League title parade on Sunday, and not too many people showed up. Not every city can have fans like Seattle does, I guess.

USA

Despite being drafted in the 4th round of the MLS Supplemental Draft, Chris Wondowlowski has done some pretty cool things in his career. This past weekend he scored his 100th MLS goal, a feat only eight other players have achieved. Former Sounder Kenny Cooper is the active player closest to the 100 goal mark, with 75 MLS goals to his name.

The Vancouver Whitecaps started off the season well, winning four of their first five games. Even though they've only won two MLS games since, fans probably shouldn't be too worried. This is MLS and no one ever knows what's going to happen.

This summer Christie Rampone will be turning 40, as well as playing in her fifth (5!) World Cup. Crazy enough, she wasn't even planning on becoming a professional soccer player. Rampone was preparing for a career in special education when she received a fax that changed her life and the future of US Soccer forever.

Right before helping Stoke City to a 6-1 win over Liverpool this weekend, Geoff Cameron signed an improved contract to stay with the Potters until at least the summer of 2018.

Jonathan Bornstein scored for Queretaro in their Liga MX semifinal against Pachuca, and will hopefully be able to get some minutes in the Clausura final against Santos Laguna. Bornstein hadn't scored a first-team competitive goal since 2009, when he scored for the USMNT in a World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica.

Austin underwent some flooding yesterday, and the Austin Aztex have been affected:

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