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Major Link Soccer: Timbers eye Providence Park expansion

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A tragedy in India, an opportunity in Minneapolis, and DeAndre starts again for Sunderland.

The current capacity of 21,144 at Providence Park just won't do for an MLS champion.
The current capacity of 21,144 at Providence Park just won't do for an MLS champion.
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Seattle

Sounder at Heart's own Spenser Davis has his take on the Sounders' opening loss up on myNorthwest.com.

ExSlacker examines in a FanPost the Sounders' roster transformation over the last 6 months and considers what kind of moves Garth and the front office might have in the works for the summer.

DeAndre Yedlin got his second consecutive start for Sunderland and sounds like he's marking it hard for coach Sam Allardyce to bench him in the latest DeAndre DeBrief.

MLS

Rumor magnet and Montreal Impact forward Didier Drogba is headed down to California to train with Sacramento Republic FC. The amount of time is unclear, but Drogba won't be playing with the Impact until they finish playing 4 of their first 5 games on artificial turf, including an April 2nd date against the Sounders on the Xbox Pitch.

The Oregonian asks an interesting question after Portland raised their championship banner Sunday: "Can we move this party to a bigger room?!?" Ignore your disgust and read a very detailed article on the options facing the Timbers' desire for expansion at Providence Park.

Brian Dunseth has replaced Simon Borg on MLSsoccer's Instant Replay series. Is the absence of Borg's over-the-top voice going to get you to watch again? I bet it will if I put the link here.

USA

Former Sounder Shalrie Joseph is partnering with America's Next Soccer Star and touring 14 cities nationwide, including Tacoma, WA.

Minnesota United that will face Mexico's Club Leon in the soccer opening of the Twins' (and possibly the 2017 MLS franchise's) stadium, Target Field in Minneapolis, and providing an opportunity to test Minnesota’s ability to independently draw a large soccer audience.

Brandi Chastain became one of the most prominent athletes to commit their brain to the study of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) after her death, which is both important to the general health community as well as the smaller body of work of research on female athletes.

Virginia recently passed a bill legalizing Daily Fantasy Sports, but like most first-to-legalize laws, it has some problems.

World

Erin Andrews' lawsuit against the Nashville Marriott has triggered a discussion on the importance of safety and general best practices for female reporters spending nights on the road, with both nationally and regionally known reporters having a lot to say on the subject.

CONCACAF has re-hired Director of Refereeing Brian Hall, who had spent the two years in between working for PRO as their Match Official Development Manager.

An argument between two men over Ronaldo vs. Messi led to a stabbing death in India over the weekend.

The most ridiculous soccer team names in the world -  apparently these are all real.