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Major Link Soccer: NWSL final to be played in Houston

Jordan Morris is going to run like he's 50 pounds lighter and Seattle's fanbase is officially the Arsenal of MLS.

The NWSL's predecessors, WUSA and WPS, both only lasted 3 seasons.
The NWSL's predecessors, WUSA and WPS, both only lasted 3 seasons.
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Seattle

Jordan Morris scored after 413 minutes of MLS play; Sigi says now the "weight" is off Morris.

MLS

The Guardian examines the distance factor in MLS on away support, and the conditions that make playing on the road in MLS a uniquely challenging experience.

Atlanta United FC announced plans for a $60 million training complex 15 miles north of their planned downtown stadium for 2017 in Marietta, GA.

A case of mistaken identity actually happened this weekend in the Columbus-NYCFC match, and the league on Monday rescinded the red card given to Michael Parkhurst and retroactively suspended the real culprit, former Sounder Tyson Wahl.

Former DC United HGP Andy Najar is going to be out for six months after twisting his leg the wrong way in Anderlecht's match this weekend. The Honduran international had been enjoying regular playing time with the Champions League club over the last two seasons.

Sueño MLS came to Portland in its first stop touring the country for undiscovered talent ages 13-16; young Timbers fans might have the best example to aspire to in 2007 winner Jorge Villafaña.

Real Salt Lake are MLS' last undefeated team; the Sounders played them pretty even in that 2-1 loss on the road missing Stefan Frei.

NWSL

The NWSL announced over the weekend that the 2016 NWSL Championship game will be held on Sunday, October 9th at Houston Dash's BBVA Compass Stadium; the game will be aired on Fox Sports 1.

It took more than four years, but we're finally seeing a fourth season of a professional domestic women's league. How did the national team players fare for their clubs in NWSL's opening weekend?

World

"Are you Wenger in or Wenger out?" Boy, doesn't that sound familiar? Unusual Efforts examines the widening gap inside a huge fanbase.

Aston Villa's 1-0 loss over the weekend clinched the end to the club's 28-year stay in the Premier League. On Monday two of the club's executive directors resign, both after less than 60 days with the organization.

Mario Balotelli reportedly has no desire to return to Liverpool and would like to make his stay with AC Milan permanent - all amidst rumors linking the striker to deep-pocketed Ligue 1-side Monaco FC.

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