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Major Link Soccer: FanDuel and DraftKings to merge

Italy's head coach spells things out pretty clearly for Giovinco: MLS = no call-up.

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The Seahawks and Sounders are leading the way when it comes to sustainability in sports, diverting about 97% of CenturyLink Field waste from landfills, up from just 4% ten years ago.

MLS/NWSL

After being snubbed by MLS' list of finalists for MVP, Sebastian Giovinco is being told in no uncertain terms why he has been left out of Italy's latest squad. Italian head coach Giampiero Ventura spoke of problems with mentality because "he plays in a league that doesn't count for much."

In an exclusive interview with Angels on Parade, LAFC lead owner Larry Berg talked up the club's future stadium as "by far the best stadium in MLS."

Leg 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals will be held at Olympic Stadium at the choice of the Montreal Impact, giving the club a big increase in potential attendance (61k capacity vs Stade Saputo's 21k).

It's hard to blame people for picking TFC as the trendy MLS Cup favorite at this point, especially given their 5-0 dismantling of NYCFC, a clear high point for the club's season.

Perhaps the most exciting part of Colorado's thrilling PK win over Los Angeles was the energy in the crowd at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Sunday, getting to see DPs Tim Howard and Shkelzen Gashi perform as promised.

USA

Sources are saying that fantasy sports gambling companies FanDuel and DraftKings are close to merging, which might mercifully mean fewer of their ads.

Ahead of the USA-Mexico Hex opener on Friday, it's worth revisiting how we got to chanting "Dos a Cero" against El Tri.

By direct goal involvement, Christian Pulisic ranks as the 34th most influential attacker in the world, just behind Robert Lewandowski and a little ahead of Theo Walcott.

With all regular season play complete, here's the full ranking of North American clubs by attendance, with FC Dallas checking in as MLS' lowest team at #22 (14,094).

World

Amid protests over Swansea's American takeover and chants of "we want our club back," Bob Bradley looks to stay focused on the field in his navigation of the EPL.

Fenerbahce striker Robin Van Persie is in stable condition after suffering a serious injury to his eyelid in a match over the weekend; Van Persie later reassured fans that the eye was not damaged.

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