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Major Link Soccer: Yaya Touré the next big MLS buy?

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The midfielder could even keep the same kits if he went to NYCFC. Tim Howard might not be far behind. The Timbers commemorate the luckiest PK in their history with a concession stand.

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Seattle

In case you missed the story, the Seattle Reign schedule is out and available for you to plan your life around. Making that a bit easier are the lack of midweek games and games that directly conflict with Sounders matches. Could this be the year of the double?

Remember that tonight is the first chance to grab a new Rave Green primary or Pacific Blue alternate jersey from the pro shop at CenturyLink, if you have a few extra dozens of dollars burning a hole in your pocket and you want the latest fashions. More importantly, tonight is the only time you will get a free t-shirt designed by Stefan Frei when you buy a new Sounders shirt (first 500 customers). Here's an idea of what it will look like.

Our own Ryan Cowper has his take on what the departure of Obafemi Martins means for Seattle, but what about what it means for Major League Soccer? Did we just get leapfrogged in line for the good players who are willing to take a bit more money to accept a new challenge in a foreign league?

Get ready for Kitsap Pumas soccer this season. I am so jealous of their crest:

DeAndre Yedlin and fellow former-MLSer Jermaine Defoe seem to be getting along swell on the road for Sunderland:

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Major League Soccer

This article may be short on facts and heavy on speculation, but there does seem to be a lot of noise about Yaya Touré heading to MLS after his seemingly-imminent departure from Manchester City. At 32 and with plenty of name recognition, he certainly seems the stereotypical target for an MLS team, especially an expansion side.

Struggling with injury and mixed performances this season, Tim Howard's long tenure at Everton is probably coming to a close. A move to the Colorado Rapids may be imminent.

The Portland Timbers' outspoken owner had promised a while back that if the team won MLS Cup, he would "buy the TA a bar." Well, they did, and Merritt Paulson follower through...kinda. There will be a new concession area in Providence Park with extended local beer and food options, as well as memorabilia from their magical lucky 2015 season. Oh, and it's called The Double Post, get it?

The Houston Dynamo have traded a third round draft pick for Real Salt Lake outside back Abdoulie Mansally.

The new Columbus Crew kits are so bad, even the MLS site has a video where Crew players do the whole "read mean tweets" thing.

Obviously no team in the US can claim to invent the "United" naming convention, but Minnesota United FC fans are still miffed that Atlanta got the jump on them to be the second United in the league, while MLS is probably going to force a name change on them. Dirty South Soccer reached out an olive branch and brought in a writer from the Northern Pitch to talk about what the United name means to Minnesota's fans.

Minnesota's largest supporters group is not too pleased with the situation either.

Speaking of Atlanta though, their new turf at Mercedez-Benz stadium will be from GreenFields, a product that (of course) claims to be superior to all other artificial turf for durability and similarity to grass. Hey Seahawks is it too late to switch?

A.C. Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino is headed to Orlando City, and it seems that Kaka's presence there has made his decision easier.

Houston Dynamo are moving their Zona Naranja supporters section to a new, bigger area of the stadium this season.

United States

USL has announced a partnership with Alianza de Futbol, a development program for amateur hispanic players in the US. This will give the league access to recruit and sign some of the top talent from the program, and will give younger hispanic players direct paths to higher-level play and professional careers.

Landon Donovan and Abby Wambach are definitely US Soccer legends. Did you know they are also legendary marketing gold?

World

FIFPro have (finally) surveyed and published a Womens World XI, and you won't be surprised to find some US (and Reign) stars on the list.

Here is a cool story about a tournament in south India that almost didn't happen, but instead attracted a surprisingly high-caliber group of teams from around the world.

Prince Ali, if elected as FIFA President, would create a powerful FIFA oversight group led by Kofi Annan to help move the business of the organization out of the shadows.