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Major Link Soccer: DC United owner named in Panama Papers

Erick Thohir is also majority shareholder at Inter Milan. USL is expanding like crazy. All the best/worst MLS commercials from the last 20 years.

Erick Thohir Portrait Session Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Seattle

Jimmy Ockford is doing well in his return to the New York Cosmos. He started in the season opener against Ottawa, helping to keep the clean sheet in a 3-0 win. He also admits he's happy to be with one squad all year, rather than jumping between the Sounders and S2.

Tyler Miller talks about his time in Germany as a "learning experience," but he's happy to be back in Seattle.

DeAndre Yedlin's Sunderland team may be headed for relegation to the Championship, but he credits his coach and teammates for improving his defensive game during his loan stint. We'll see if they can help out his parent club by beating Leicester City this weekend.

Megan Rapinoe, her sister Rachel, Carmelina Moscato and Lori Lindsey discuss at length what it's like to grow up as tomboys, why Canada soccer hates US soccer so much, and just about everything else in this piece on the Players Tribune. You should read it.

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Major League Soccer

Oh wow. You may have seen some of these cringe-inducing and/or hilarious MLS and other soccer commercials from the 90s and 00s, but they're all worth a watch or rewatch. Highlights include the Chicago Fire equating themselves with the actual great Chicago fire, Rev Run, and of course a young Chris Henderson in the Austin Powers-themed Kansas City Wizards commercial.

The Earthquakes will host Spain's Real Sociedad in a friendly on May 18 at Avaya Stadium, and the match is included for season ticket holders.

The Spurs ownership in San Antonio really wants into MLS. Is it really worth it for the taxpayers of the big Texas city?

Gyasi Zardes is training his first touch with this one weird trick! Centerbacks hate it! Actually, it's a pretty cool machine designed by former USMNT-er Eddie Lewis.

Frank Lampard is 37 years old, so when I tell you he will not be playing this weekend due to a nagging injury, you will not be shocked.

USL

The signs point to continued USL expansion over the next few years. Austin Aztex and Reno 1868 FC are definitely on their way, but Nashville, San Diego and Birmingham seem to be gearing up as well. There are also rumors of LAFC's upcoming USL affiliate being a merger/rebrand of existing club OC Blues FC.

A reporter from the Charleston Post and Courier inquired about a lawsuit filed against the owner of the Charleston Battery, and in response the team revoked that paper's press credentials, so they are no longer able to cover the team at all. Nice move.

US Soccer

The US Mens National Team are now only the third-highest ranked CONCACAF side in FIFA rankings, behind Mexico and Costa Rica.

NCAA college soccer is often described as a "hole" in young player development in the USA. Stars and Stripes FC reports on a panel discussion about how to change college soccer for the better. One of the main reforms would be to extend the season to cover the entire academic year, rather than squeezing games into the fall.

Mexican clubs have been in the habit of scouting and signing young talent from the US, but they might be breaking the same rules that earned Barcelona a transfer ban, since players under 18 are not supposed to sign with foreign clubs, with a few exceptions.

Jurgen Klinsmann doesn't want to sit through a bunch of boring press conferences, so instead US Soccer just interviews him on video and shares that video with the press. Convenient, sure, but it means all his answers are rehearsed and canned.

World

The Panama Papers will no doubt continue to be pored over for years, but bits of information keep leaking out. A notable name that appears in the leaked documents is Erick Thohir, majority shareholder of Internazionale and majority owner of D.C. United.

Have Real Madrid become the New World Order of the 90's World Championship Wresting (WCW)?

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