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Major Link Soccer: Cabrera replaces Barrett as Dynamo head coach

Several current and former players think the former team captain deserved a longer shot at the gig. David Villa may have earned more callups to Spain. Conor Casey hangs up the boots.

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Major League Soccer

The MLS Cup playoffs continue to be played off! You may already realize that the Sounders went through to the Western Conference semifinal after a late Nelson Valdez goal. More on that later. Also last night, DC United crashed out at home, losing to Montreal Impact in a rather sad fashion.

Sure, the scoreline was 4-2, but it was 4-0 at the 90th minute, with the two consolation goals coming in extra time. However, they were both great goals. Check out Lamar Neagle's header.

Didier Drogba watched from the mezzanine, joining his team after the match.

Conor Casey, who battled injury this year, announced his retirement after 10 years in MLS after starting his career in Germany.

Sacha Kljestan is having a great season offensively, but did MLS need to gift him this 20th assist after the fact? Once a Metro says bouncing a ball off a defender into the path of your teammate is not an assist.

Owner Merritt Paulson talks after the Timbers' "week of horrors," in which they dropped out of contention for 3 trophies in a row, and two of their players were arrested for driving under the influence. It's "unacceptable" to miss the playoffs, he says, but it's hard to make the playoffs if you only get 6 points on the road.

If you're not aware, Minnesota United FC are known as the Loons, after the aquatic bird seen all around the lakes of the North Star State. Well, now portions of the season ticket revenue for the inaugural members will go towards helping the loon population and their habitat.

Spain's new-ish coach was in New York recently and took in David Villa's performance for NYCFC's 4-1 win over Columbus in the final match of the season. Julen Lopetegui came away impressed with the aging star, suggesting he might call him up again. Villa is 3 caps shy of 100 for his country.

The Rapids are feeling confident in their ability to end LA Galaxy's run at the 2016 MLS Cup.

Former Chivas USA head coach, Colorado Rapids assistant coach and current Rio Grande Valley FC (Dynamo USL affiliate) head coach Wilmer Cabrera will be the new coach of the Houston Dynamo. According to multiple sources, the announcement should come sometime today.

This is not a popular move among many current and former Dynamo players. Wade Barrett was well-liked and only had 14 games to turn over an already awful season. Geoff Cameron, Will Bruin and others took to Twitter to denounce the decision.

Seattle

Nelson Valdez is pretty pleased (as he should be, of course).

In case you are interested in a place to park your mega-yacht, or maybe yours and several of your friends' (never yacht alone), you should be aware of this real estate listing for a private island in Puget Sound, for just a few million dollars. Bonus: It was once owned by Gene Hackman.

World

Arsenal fans are getting 'nostalgia' times 'current stars' feels from these pictures of Giroux, Sanchez and Ramsey in famous Gunners kits of old.

The head of the Scottish FA is into the idea of a cross-border league with other countries in Europe, an idea that is floating around to try to create better levels of competition for countries whose clubs who don't make the Champion's League every time.

West Ham's stadium, marred by violence in the stands, is scaring away fans with families and older fans.

From Five Thirty Eight: The story of Charles Reep, the guy who messed up soccer analytics by making a dumb math mistake.

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