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Major Link Soccer: Neymar officially out for Copa America tour

Is Barcelona afraid of the turf?

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Seattle

Our own Jeremiah Oshan hosted a post-match podcast (also featuring Richard Farley) after the first Sounders win of the season. Take a listen at Soundcloud.

A SAH user known as K.J.R. (not to be confused with the radio stations) has put together MLS ELO rankings, willing to do the math where I am not.

Head Coach Ezra Hendrickson is frustrated with the performance of S2 three games into the season. With many of the same problems the first team's having, the USL club is looking for individuals to step up.

MLS

The league's referees are on pace to potentially set an all-time record for red cards. SBI asks whether or not it's a good thing, but the real question is whether or not they're being awarded correctly.

Ryan Babel is in Salt Lake for some reason.

Those stat brainiacs at American Soccer Analysis insist that the "finishing" skill is irrelevant in MLS, if it exists at all. Trigger Warning: Obafemi Martins is mentioned a lot. *cries*

NWSL

For unaffiliated teams, drawing fans in crowded sports markets has been a difficult task.

NASL

OKC's new NASL club finished their inaugural game with the best attendance in the league, and a 0-0 draw with FC Edmonton. Indianapolis and Jacksonville have their home openers next weekend.

United States

Reports out of Catalonia indicate that Barcelona is barring Neymar from participation in this summer's Copa America. He will, however, be allowed to compete for Brazil in this summer's Olympic Games. Maybe having the US Men's U-23's miss out on the trip is for the best...

Days after news of Abby Wambach's DUI arrest, at least one sponsor is "re-evaluating' their relationship with the former USWNT star.

Between multiple DUIs, under-performance of the men's team and a lawsuit from the good one, US Soccer has a major PR issue on their handsEven The Onion is taking shots.

World

We linked to the "Panama Papers" yesterday, but we're starting to get a better idea of how bad this looks for Lionel Messi, Vladimir Putin and FIFA's whole... everything...

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