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Major Link Soccer - Ending the Drought

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A long over due goal, a US Soccer makeover, and the end of the transfer window.

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Seattle

Last night, Lamar Neagle scored our first goal since June.

Not only did we get a goal, but we got an away point as well. The CCL draw won't affect our MLS standing, but it was a great feeling nonetheless.

Soon you'll be able to celebrate this type of event by dancing a jig in your Sounders themed Crazy 8s from Adidas (also featuring shoes for the Timbers).

MLS

The New England Revolution are continuing their long march towards a soccer specific stadium. The Krafts are reportedly now working with Goldman-Sachs to gain financing for a stadium in Boston.

The New York Red Bulls and New York City FC will be facing each other for the third time this weekend, a match for which they have already sold 24,500 tickets.

In transfer news, Argentinian defender Gaston Sauro is the latest player to spurn Levante in favor of a role with MLS.

Despite his not having played since June 16, the Chicago Fire have confirmed interest from Championship side Hull City for Shaun Maloney.

According to a report out of Mexico City, Chicharito has been given an offer of $10 million per season from an unnamed MLS club. With the transfer window closing today, he would have to make a decision quickly.

MLS has been making great strides in its player development programs, but some clubs are lagging behind. Apparently, Portland and DC United still charge for entry into their academies. DC United charges their prospects as much as $2,500 per year.

US Soccer

US Soccer is potentially getting a long overdue facelift. A leak of a new design for the US Soccer crest is being widely reported. If true, the new crest will make it's debut at the 2016 Copa America.

After leading the US Women to their third World Cup victory, Jill Ellis has received a vote of confidence in the form of a multi-year contract extension. It will be interesting to see how she faces the prospect of rebuilding the team in the wake of multiple retirements.

World

It turns out that Caleb Porter isn't that special. Pep Guardiola is perfectly willing to get in preseason feuds with whoever happens to come along.