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Major Link Soccer: Eddie Johnson cut loose

MLS ends their contract with EJ, Prince-Boateng might be completing NYRB's all-hyphenated front line, and NE Revolution steals money from the Galaxy.

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Seattle

The Sounders' road trip continues, swinging through Columbus tomorrow, so naturally someone has to ask Sigi Schmid, Brad Evans and Chad Marshall (SAM) about their old MLS-Cup-winning squad from so long ago.

Don't forget to enjoy the Sounders doubleheader-ish experience tomorrow by catching Sounders FC 2 vs. Sacramento Republic FC after the match at Columbus (with a little dinner break included in between).

Major League Soccer

Kevin Prince-Boateng might be on his way to the Red Bulls this summer. At the very least NYRB are reportedly using a discovery claim on him. How would Prince-Boateng work with Bradley Wright-Phillips, and are hyphenated last names the key to success in a post-Henry world? (You know what this writer thinks).

Speaking of discovery claims, we're starting to have a little action under the new, purportedly streamlined rules for this mechanism. West Ham midfielder Sebastian Lletget is rumored to be headed to the Galaxy - but hold on there LA, because NE Revolution have already slapped their discovery tag on the player. The Rev's may have just pulled a fast one on LA and made a quick 50k in allocation. Over at American Soccer Analysis, they take a look at what we know about this new process.

The Eddie Johnson saga continues, and it sounds like MLS has terminated EJ's contract, since he had a preexisting medical condition. What this means for Eddie in terms of money etc. is unclear, and that negotiation is probably far from over. But DC United gets cap space and a Designated Player slot back, which give them flexibility for a big signing this summer.

Toronto FC finally get a home opener at their new BMO Field, and they expect a sellout - they might even sell standing room tickets. Hopefully they can do that a lot to pay for their massive payroll.

Crew SC needed to announce some good news to cheer them up, since they have to play the Sounders this weekend. To that end the team announced it will host Spain's Valencia CF in a friendly on May 27th.

MLS growth among key TV audience demographics is a good sign for the league, now MLS looks to keep that momentum going in the face of competition with other American sports later in the season.

International Game

Fox Sports continues its slow takeover of all things soccer broadcast, and appears to be close to landing the rights to next year's Copa America.

What was it like for Sydney Leroux to abandon Canada for the US National Team? This and much more in this long form feature on Leroux.

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