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Major Link Soccer: Bruce Arena takes over as USMNT coach

The veteran coach gets his second stint at the helm of the wayward squad. Is MLS outgrowing it's salary cap? Also, a study says promotion/relegation should be part of the future of soccer in the US.

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US Soccer

They didn't leave us hanging too long. Bruce Arena was named the head coach of the US mens national team a day after Jurgen Klinsmann was let go. It was widely speculated he'd get the gig, given his previous World Cup experience coaching the US, as well as his success with LA Galaxy in the mean time.

Of course we still have to consider how we got here. What went wrong with Klinsmann? FiveThirtyEight can show you how his tenure went in one chart.

If you want more details, Matt Doyle tears apart Klinsmann's reign with plenty more evidence, including lots of results and quotes from players about his coaching style.

Major League Soccer

So, LA Galaxy need a coach. Ives Galarcep floats names like Porter, Mastroeni, Berhalter, and even somewhat reasonable ones like Sigi Schmid.

Plenty of roster moves are being made my teams who are no longer in the MLS Cup Playoffs. FC Dallas have exercised their options on 10 players, while opting not to do so for Mauro Rosales and several others.

New York Red Bulls II have also announced contract news for many players after the conclusion of the USL season.

Paul Tenorio at FourFourTwo says MLS needs to allow the teams who are ready to spend more to do just that. The level of the salary cap is holding the level of talent back.

Soccermetrics looks at MLS front office efficiency: How many payroll dollars did each team spend per regular season point? FC Dallas top the list, while the Seattle Sounders...don't.

Promotion and relegation. Plenty to argue about, but how do you prove something? Why, with a study containing facts of course. Deloitte has released such a study pointing to Pro/Rel being a good move in the future. Dan Jones, head of the Sports Business Group for Deloitte, discusses it here.

The study was commissioned by the owners of Miami FC of the NASL. 
Here's Stars and Stripes FC's take on it.


The Huskies are in the Sweet Sixteen after taking out New Mexico.

Evergreen Premier League Washington is on the search for it's eighth club. Will it be East of the mountains, unlike the other seven?

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