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Major Link Soccer: Ozzie Alonso speaks on the US-Cuba Friendly

That and fourteen other stories, to include Megan Rapinoe explain why she takes a knee, as well as what she will do beyond that.

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Seattle Soccer:

Yesterday's friendly versus Cuba was a watershed moment for the Soccer community across CONCACAF, and not many have as good a perspective on it as Ozzie Alonso, who spoke to FourFourTwo about the immense opportunities this will create for Cuban Soccer.

Megan Rapinoe on why she kneels;

I can understand if you think that I’m disrespecting the flag by kneeling, but it is because of my utmost respect for the flag and the promise it represents that I have chosen to demonstrate in this way. When I take a knee, I am facing the flag with my full body, staring straight into the heart of our country’s ultimate symbol of freedom — because I believe it is my responsibility, just as it is yours, to ensure that freedom is afforded to everyone in this country.


Real Sal Lake and coach Jeff Cassar are talking about a contract extension. Cassar is in his third year as a head coach, made MLS Cup once already, missed the playoffs once and are track to return to the league's second season in 2016.

AC Milan and Bologna are looking to add Michael Bradley. He's TFC's third best DP. They may be as good without him.

Atlanta United signed their second homegrown player.


Despite its financial future remaining very cloudy, the NASL is committed to expansion, if commissioner Bill Peterson is to be believed.

World Soccer:

Bob Bradley was introduced to Swansea City's fans yesterday, making the milestone hiring official. Bradley didn't waste the platform this created, taking a shot at his replacement on the USMNT. When it comes to his new team however, Bradley is aware that he will have to earn the fans respect.

Despite many fans hopes, the Chinese Football Association is facing harsh reaction from how they are managing the side, with their fans disgruntlement coming to a head after a recent loss to a war-torn Syria side.

Enner Valencia is the type of dude that fakes an injury to try to avoid paying child support. That's not a good type of dude.

Japan used this goal to beat Iraq.

The second verse is the same as the first for FIFA. Their leader is under an ethics investigation. He took a loan for "soccer reasons" but might have just put it in the stock market to take the profits for himself.

One angle about FIFA thinking about expanding the World Cup to 48 teams is that it would mean more CONCACAF teams at the event - oh, the humanity.

Australian soccer, with its summer schedule is about to start. You should pick a team.