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Major Link Soccer: Sounders winning at attendance

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The rave green have not yet been unseated as ticket selling champions.

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MLS

Neither of MLS's 2015 expansion sides are doing too well in the standings, but they sure are excelling in terms of attendance. Orlando City SC and New York City FC currently sit in second and third, respectively. The Sounders (of course) still hold the number one spot.

NYCFC lost every single one of their three games this season against the Red Bulls, and the men in blue received some gifts courtesy of the Empire Supporters Club to commemorate that.

Want to hear more about what goes into running an MLS supporters group? Vote for the "Understanding Supporter Culture in MLS" panel on SXSW's PanelPicker.

FC Dallas may be a soccer team, but that doesn't mean it has to be a team full of ninnies. The team could probably stand to gain some fans if it were to align itself closer to some of Texas's traditional values.

MLS deputy commissioner Mark Abbott is meeting with Saint Paul mayor Chris Coleman today, so it looks like MLS expansion to the Twin Cities remains a possibility. Whether Abbott is also meeting with Coleman's archrival Betsy Hodges (of Minneapolis) remains unseen.

United States

Promotion and relegation have never been a part of sports culture in America, but you could see why someone from a second tier league might be looking to change that. In a recent interview, NASL commissioner Bill Peterson discussed his plans for a pyramid system in the United States, even if MLS doesn't play along.

The Cosmos have signed two United States U-17 players in the past five months, leading some to wonder if they might actually focus on youth development for once.

World

If you're a Premier League fan living in the United States, you've probably been getting you're coverage via some NBC affiliate channel. Well it looks like that isn't going to change any time soon, as NBC Sports Group just announced a 6-year extension to their exclusive contract with England's top division.

The Independent recently released its annual 50 most influential women in sport list, which has a distinct lack of USWNT players.

Sporting behavior in soccer is encouraged, but often not enforced. One team decided to take their sporting behavior to a whole new level.