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Major Link Soccer: Diaz done for the season

Also, the first and second draft picks for the Expansion draft and MLS SuperDraft have been established.

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Seattle

Despite a short distance between them, Seattle and Vancouver don't have many tangible links. That may change after the leaders of Washington and British Columbia came together to create the "Cascadia Innovation Corridor."

Seattle U is staying hot, their latest victim being Grand Canyon University. Sergio Rivas scored goals in consecutive matches (the other being a draw with UMKC.)

MLS

Atlanta United will pick first in the MLS Expansion Draft at the conclusion of the 2016 MLS season. Minnesota United will follow, and gets the first pick of the 2017 SuperDraft.

In preparing for next week's vital MLS pre-playoff matches, MLSsoccer put together a chart of each team's success in making the postseason. The results will remind you again how incredible the sustained success of the Seattle Sounders has been.

Mauro Diaz is FC Dallas' offensive MVP, but an Achilles injury he picked up in stoppage time against the Sounders will force him to miss the entirety of 2016. The knock will put a real damper on the likely Supporter's Shield winners as they try to win

Seems a spot on the bench wasn't good enough for Didier Drogba, who demanded to be pulled from the 18 after he found out he wasn't in the starting XI.

The Portland Timbers will have an excellent chance to pick up their first road win of the season when they go into Vancouver with the playoffs at stake. However, they'll have to do it without Diego Chara and Liam Ridgewell, two vital defensive contributors (Chara's like replacement is also out with an injury.) A failure to win that game would likely mean Portland would be only the second MLS defending champion to miss the playoffs the following season.

Sporting KC's USL affiliate is on its way to the USL Championship courtesy of a 3-0 win over Whitecaps 2.

DC United got a mostly needed 3-0 win yesterday over Eastern Conference almost-leaders NYCFC, in front of their largest crowd in more than eight years.

US

MLF Women's Professional League has been recognized as North America's top Futsal league starting in the 2017 season.

After 12 years, John Fontana of Raw Charge is stepping away from the Tampa Bay Lightning SB Nation blog.

World

Young women in Venezuela are getting foreign sponsorships to make their soccer dreams come true.