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Major Link Soccer: Chivas cuts cord with Univision

Should the MLS Cup Final be a two-legged affair?

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MLS

With all the drama in the Western Conference on Decision Day, you might be surprised to peek over to the East and see that the Philadelphia Union managed to sneak into the 6th spot with the lowest PPG (1.23) of any playoff team since 2006.

Many have called for the MLS Cup Final to become a two-legged series before, but The Guardian has a novel twist to the format: instead of a traditional two-legged series, let the higher seed host the first game to reward their regular season performance, and then play the second game at a neutral site.

Sacremento Republic FC fans have been getting antsy waiting for news from MLS on their expansion bid but the end of the tunnel might be in sight; with a series of MLS executives and owners meetings scheduled over the next several weeks, it's possible that Commissioner Don Garber will have something meaningful to announce during his annual "state of the league" address in early December.

USA

US Soccer and Thorne Nutrition have agreed to an official partnership that will make Thorne the presenting sponsor of the federation's Recognize to Recover (R2R) scheme, as well as supplier of US Soccer athletes at all levels with its products.

Founded in 2013, USL side Nashville Soccer Club has hired their first CEO in former MLS executive Court Jeske.

Yet another hurdle (of many) has been cleared in DC United's quest for their new stadium as the club gets closer and closer to finalizing plans with the zoning commission.

World

Chivas de Guadalajara has will part ways with US broadcaster Univision when their contract runs out in 2018 (they did the same in May with Mexican broadcaster Grupo Televisa SAB); the club is betting they can take in more revenue by offering matches through Chivas TV, their $12-a-month online service.

FIFA officials were encouraged by the U17 Women's World Cup in Jordan this past month, the first international women's soccer tournament ever held in the Middle East.

Soccer to Watch Today:

NCAA

4:00pm Michigan State vs Notre Dame WatchESPN, ACC Network

English League Cup

11:45am Arsenal vs Reading fuboTV

11:45am Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur beIN SPORTS, fuboTV

Copa Sudamericana

5:00pm Cerro Porteño vs Medellín Fox Soccer 2Go

German DFB Pokal

9:30am Sportfreunde Lotte vs Bayer Leverkusen ESPN Deportes, ESPN3

11:45am Borussia M'gladbach vs Stuttgart ESPN3, WatchESPN

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