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Major Link Soccer: EPL viewership way down in 2016

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Like the NFL, fewer people are watching the big-time sports this year.

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Brian Schmetzer may not be the best-dressed coach in MLS but he surely tries harder than Sigi. Go vote in MLSsoccer's bracket, at least to make sure Caleb "Smugface" Porter doesn't win.

The Vancouver Whitecaps were a trendy dark-horse MLS Cup candidate headed into the year but the team seems far from competing for silverware outside of Canada. Co-owner Jeff Mallet attempts to explain a season gone wrong in this Q&A with The Province.


There have been rumors the last few days of a potential buyer for FC Kansas Cityyesterday that buyer was revealed to be Minneapolis businessman Elam Baer. Despite the location disparity, Baer made it clear that he has no intention of moving the team.

Portland Thorns FC defender Kat Williamson today announced her retirement after playing four seasons in the NWSL, including three for Thorns FC in which they won the 2013 NWSL Championship and the 2016 Supporters' Shield.

If Williamson's retirement seems too young, perhaps this Nutmeg News article can illuminate some of the barriers to keeping top female athletes in the game.


While the NFL is blaming the presidential election for its poor ratings to start the year, the Premier League has no such explanation for their 19% decline in live viewership from last year. Are people really tuning out from these ratings juggernauts or are they just finding ways to watch other than Sky Sports?

It's become pretty popular to hate on Inter captain Mauro Icardi these days, and it appears his club is no different and may be seeking legal recourse against the player's comments in his autobiography, in which he painted himself as a hero for his confrontation with Inter ultras.

Former LA Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has purchased Ligue 1 club OM for €45 million ($50 million), completing a months-long takeover of the recently stagnating French giants.

Want to write about FC Barcelona? SB Nation's Barca Blaugranes blog is searching for new writers!

FIFA is blocking any stadium concerts in Russia within two months prior to the 2018 World Cup, as well as limiting matches in the 12 stadiums to be used for one month prior to the tournament.

Soccer to Watch Today:


4:00pm Pittsburgh vs Cleveland State ESPN3, WatchESPN

4:00pm William & Mary vs Virginia WatchESPN, ACC Network

4:00pm Campbell vs Duke WatchESPN, ACC Network

4:00pm Ohio State vs Louisville WatchESPN, ACC Network

4:00pm Bowling Green vs Kentucky WatchESPN, SEC Network +

4:00pm Wake Forest vs South Carolina WatchESPN, SEC Network +

UEFA Champions League

11:45am CSKA Moskva vs Monaco ESPN3, Fox Soccer 2Go, WatchESPN

11:45am Bayer Leverkusen vs Tottenham Hotspur ESPN Deportes, Fox Sports 2Go

11:45am Sporting CP vs Borussia Dortmund ESPN3, Fox Sports 2, Fox Sports 2Go

11:45am Real Madrid vs Legia Warszawa Fox Soccer 2Go, Fox Deportes

11:45am Leicester City vs København ESPN2, Fox Soccer 2Go

11:45am Club Brugge vs Porto ESPN3, Fox Soccer 2Go, WatchESPN

11:45am Dinamo Zagreb vs Sevilla ESPN3, Fox Soccer 2Go, WatchESPN

11:45am Olympique Lyonnais vs Juventus ESPN3, Fox Soccer 2Go, WatchESPN