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Major Link Soccer - Garber Bucks Incoming

MLS provides more TAM, more fallout from the NASL, and Landon Donovan retires again but for real this time.

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Waking the Red has posted a head-to-head comparison of the Sounders and Toronto FC starting lineups. I suspect that some readers here may disagree with some of their conclusions. asks which US National Team forward is more important to their team's playoff run; Jozy Altidore or Jordan Morris?

The story has previously been discussed here, but the anecdote of how Luis Suarez helped Nicolas Lodeiro make it to Seattle seems to be making the rounds again.


The big news of the day is the announcement of another large injection of Garber Bucks into the league for next season. The amount totals $400,000 per team in Targeted Allocation Money.

A study has determined that there are more "high earners" in MLS than in Italy's Serie A, when defined as earning over $100,000 per week. Of course, the drop off in pay below that point is much more dramatic in MLS.

In the wake of the collapse of the NASL, the Tampa Bay Rowdies have been quick to start their campaign for a spot in MLS. Is there a chance that they could steal some of Beckham FC's thunder?

American Soccer Analysis has undertaken the task of trying to decipher the much vaunted but often inscrutable Audi Player Index. has published a look at all of the currently proposed or under construction stadiums across MLS. The accuracy of these renders to any final results will obviously vary quite widely.

Burrito Martinez is seeking a return to Argentina and has asked to be released from his contract at Real Salt Lake.

The Vancouver Whitecaps have confirmed that they won't exercise the club option on their captain,  Pedro Morales. He could be a player to watch in the Re-Entry Draft.

According to Grant Wahl, Curt Onalfo is the favorite candidate to take over for Bruce Arena in LA.

Landon Donovan is retiring again, for now. I wonder if he'll get another face to face with Boyz II Men.


To say that the NASL is struggling is to put it nicely. The league's current position on the edge of annihilation has caused a small delay in US Soccer's vote on the division status of both the NASL and USL.


FIFA President Gianni Infantino continues to promote the idea of expanding the World Cup with a current target of 48 teams spread across 16 groups.

A Bolivian official is seeking asylum in Brazil in the wake of the tragic Chapecoense plane crash. She claims to have warned the pilot of danger and that she is now being persecuted in her country.

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