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Major Link Soccer: The Collapse of NYCFC

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No amount of money can build Rome in a day, particularly when all the builders are a decade past their primes.

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

Our local footy squads pulled out some big wins this weekend, leaving some hurt feelings in their wake. First, Once a Metro mourns Sky Blue FC's close proximity the first ever away victory in Memorial Stadium (NWSL era.) Seattle Reign, being the trolls they are, elected to wait until the 90th minute to take a draw in their final home game of the season.

Then of course there was Seattle Sounders' victory over the Portland Timbers, not only putting them back on top of the Cascadia standings (a draw or win against Vancouver Whitecaps would clinch the hardware) but also producing so much salt. If for some reason there are still bad feelings about that Open Cup game, I prescribe 300 comments of the finest Stumptown Footy schadenfreude money can't buy.

MLS

Frank Klopas was sacked of his head coaching position by the ever-underachieving Montréal Impact. He was immediately replaced by Mauro Bello, who will carry the "interim" tag through at least the end of the season.

We have an updated look at the function of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, soon to be the home of MLS' Atlanta United and the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. This place simply looks expensive, and maybe somewhat sterile.

New York City FC is only two points out of a playoff position in the dreadful Eastern Conference, but after a weekend loss Head Coach Jason Kreis is questioning his players' desire, and how much they want to succeed. Frank Lampard kind of half-heartedly agreed that the effort hasn't been strong enough.

Rumor has it that an MLS club was going hard after 31-year-old Paris Saint Germain attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi. The rumored number had him worth 17 million dollars over five years.

One of the first links I included in this space when I started Major Link Soccer back in 2012 was about the New York Cosmos stadium hunt. Three years later, the team is still twiddling its thumbs waiting for approval, and local labor groups are beginning to take action.