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Major Link Soccer - Reviewing Jurgen

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The reviews are in for Jurgen and the USMNT performance and they are as negative as you would expect if you watched the match against Brazil.

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Seattle

Now that they are back above the red line, the Sounders are hoping to find some stability in the standings.

MLS

The Colorado Rapids played an "interesting" lineup including nine defensive players against the Vancouver Whitecaps last night. The strategy went over just about as well as you might expect with Colorado losing 2-0. The result sees the Whitecaps back at the top of the west.

The Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City played to an ugly and boring 0-0 draw.

American Soccer Analysis has been crunching the numbers to determine the luckiest and unluckiest teams in MLS. Portland fans are undoubtedly thrilled to have won this competition.

It's been a couple of weeks since I posted a redundant pro/rel article, so here you go.

Judging from the poll results, the readers over at LAG Confidential are thoroughly convinced that the LA Galaxy would defeat the USMNT if they went head to head. I find the conclusion dubious at best.

Football manager is a game with an impressive amount of real statistical data. But is it enough to be used by real-world clubs to find players? A sporting director for the Colorado Rapids seems to think it so, which might explain their lineup last night.

Don Garber has been reportedly pursuing an "Anglo-American Cup" which is proposed to be either an annual or
quadrennial event featuring the winners of the FA Cup and Premier League along with "our cup champion and
league champion". I'm guessing that he does *not* mean the US Open Cup which would be the proper counterpart to the FA Cup.

LAFC is asking Twitter to help decide the team's new colors. One of the challenges of being a late entrant to the league is that a lot of color combinations are already taken.

USA

The inept showing of the USMNT vs. Brazil was bound to bring out the critics. I could put literally 50+ links in this section, but I'll keep it to a handful.

Our friends at Once A Metro they are focusing on Jermaine Jones' refusal to shake Jurgen's hand and the poor player relationships that this seemingly represents.

ESPNFC is putting the blame squarely on the Midfield. Also on the Defense. Also also on the team's momentum.

NBC Sports has more than one article themselves, but they all have a similar theme. As evidenced by the use of terms such as "debacle" and "optimism-sucking defeat".

Finally, SI.com is trying to remain positive in the face of adversity, reminding us that results in September do not necessarily foretell what will happen in October.

Looking past Mexico there is more potentially bad news. NBC Sports is reporting that the United States is poised to lose their status as host of the Copa America Centenario.