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Major Link Soccer: Bob Bradley named Swansea manager

Much like MLS expansion, it's hard to know where World Cup expansion would stop. We have an official number with Gianni Infantino's new proposal: 48.

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Seattle

Here's NBCSports' snapshot of the Cascadia clash this past Sunday, in case you wanted to compare 100 words summaries.

The UW-Stanford game won the ratings day on Friday, managing to beat out four different Fox News journo-tainment programs.

MLS/NWSL

Sky Blue FC midfielder Raquel Rodriquez was named 2016 NWSL Rookie of the Year, beating out Portland Thorns defender Emily Sonnett and Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly.

It wasn't that long ago that MLS didn't have any presence in South - with Atlanta United coming in 2017, there could be a rivalry brewing with Orlando City for Southern pride.

Try not to judge the poor crowd (just 15k) in Atlanta for the USWNT friendly a couple weeks ago too harshly.

USA

Bob Bradley was named head coach of Swansea after a poor run of results to start the year by his predecessor, Francesco Guidolin. Bradley is breaking new ground for an American in European soccer, becoming the first American manager to coach in the English top division. Swansea will likely be in a relegation scrap all-year; Bradley will take the helm with Swansea in 17th, with just 4 points through seven games.

For how historic Bradley's hiring is, that didn't stop a local LA news station from mistakenly reporting that he had been hired by Chelsea. Maybe this is why they tend to dislike Americans over there.

We know Jordan Morris was included in Jurgen Klinsmann's latest squad for upcoming friendlies against Cuba and New Zealand, but the USMNT manager made some interesting choices in the rest of his call-ups, particularly at goalkeeper.

Buffalo resident and massive Bolton Wanderers supporter Mark Yesilevskiy started the SB Nation blog for Bolton, Lions of Vienna Suite. His fiance Jenny managed to get in touch with Stuart Holden for a surprise message on the couple's wedding day.

Speaking of SB Nation blogs for English teams, the Arsenal-focused The Short Fuse is looking for a few new people to get involved.

USL attendance was up 2.1% this year, but a majority of returning teams saw their average attendance numbers fall compared to last year.

World

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has unveiled his new plan to expand the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams in Colombia on Monday. The new proposal would essentially put the top 16 teams straight through to the group stage; the other 32 teams would play a single play-in round to advance to group play, while the losers would return home after just one game.

West Ham's move to a new stadium has not gone exactly to plans with the Hammers sitting in the relegation zone through seven games, and there are now reports that fan unrest has boiled over into violence in and around the London stadium.

The best tifo is often the simplest: Bayern supporters doing it right with this Clockwork Orange-inspired display.

Soccer to Watch Today:

NCAA

12:00pm IPFW vs Detroit Mercy ESPN3, WatchESPN

2:00pm Milwaukee vs Western Illinois ESPN3, WatchESPN

3:00pm Vmi vs Virginia Tech WatchESPN, ACC Network

4:00pm Belmont vs Louisville WatchESPN, ACC Network

4:00pm Unc-wilmington vs North Carolina WatchESPN, ACC Network

4:00pm Florida Atlantic vs Jacksonville ESPN3, WatchESPN

4:00pm Xavier vs Cleveland State ESPN3, WatchESPN

4:00pm Unc Greensboro vs Mercer ESPN3, WatchESPN

4:00pm Indiana vs Notre Dame WatchESPN, ACC Network

4:00pm Hofstra vs Virginia WatchESPN, ACC Network

4:00pm Davidson vs Duke WatchESPN, ACC Network

FIFA U17s Women's World Cup

6:00am USA vs Ghana Fox Sports 2, Fox Soccer 2Go

6:00am Nigeria vs England Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Soccer 2Go

8:55am Paraguay vs Japan Fox Soccer Plus

9:00am Brazil vs Korea DPR Fox Sports 2, Fox Soccer 2Go

9:00am Paraguay vs Japan Fox Soccer 2Go

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