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Major Link Soccer - Thankful To Be In The Playoffs

On this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for Nicolas Lodeiro, for Brian Schmetzer, and for the fact that we are still alive at this point of the season.

This photo is just begging for a witty caption, and yet I have nothing.
This photo is just begging for a witty caption, and yet I have nothing.
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Seattle

On this rare occasion, I am thankful for Simon Borg who agrees with us about pretty much every controversial call(and non-call) in our first leg against the Rapids.

The Colorado Rapids claim not to be worried about he loss of Sam Cronin in the second leg while at the same time highlighting his importance to the team.

If you missed it on Tuesday, even the official CenturyLink Field twitter got in on mocking Montreal's field measurements.

MLS

The conference final/derby match in Montreal set a new record for viewership of an MLS match in Canada with over 1 million people tuned in.

A presumably masochistic writer over at SB Nation's Chicago Fire blog provides our weekly argument for bringing promotion and relegation to MLS.

The Portland Timbers may soon find themselves with a very big hole to fill with Darlington Nagbe being strongly linked to Celtic FC.

Recently retired LA Galaxy "star" Steven Gerrard has apparently turned down a chance to become the manager of the MK Dons of League One.

The season is long over for 16 MLS clubs and off-season moves are under way. The first round of roster moves were recently announced for both Orlando City SC and Sporting KC. You can expect many more announcements in the near future.

NASL

In a very rare bit of good news for the struggling league, the NASL has managed to finally sever ties with scandal plagued Traffic Sports.

USA

Bruce Arena has been signed to at least an 18 month contract with the US Men's National Team, which gives us 18 months for predictions about who will become the "permanent" manager.

Some of the players snubbed by Jurgen Klinsmann might get a chance a second shot under the new (old) coach.

Howler has an article on why Jurgen Klinsmann was the best coach the US has had and will ever have, from Jurgen's point of view. (probably satire)

Firing Jurgen was an important move, but what of the man responsible for giving him the long contract in the first place? Sunil Gulati is unlikely to go anywhere soon.

World

In case you are wondering, trying to sneak into a major match by sleeping overnight in the stadium bathrooms is a really bad idea.