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Major Link Soccer: Tune up time

The USMNT play Ecuador in a Copa America tune up game, Jordan Morris wishes everyone the best, and Goals of the Season

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U.S. Soccer

The United States and Ecuador will clash at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas tonight, for the United States' second Copa America Centenario tune-up match.The South Americans overall record against the U.S. is 5-5-2 (W-D-L) and they have a positive four-goal differential. Sunday's game against Puerto Rico was a nice warm up, but tonight's game against Ecuador will be a true test for the USMNT. Here is what to watch for.

Bobby Wood has had a break out year, setting a new record for most goals in a single season by an American playing in Germany, Bobby Wood is in the form of his life, will that translate to success with the USMNT.

Consistency will be the key for the United States back line this summer when they will be called upon to stop some of the world's most talented attackers. The U.S. feels confident it can do so with several defenders in good form.

Aged seventeen and having been fast-tracked through Borussia Dortmund’s youth ranks into their first team – for which he had made nine Bundesliga appearances and scored two goals this season – it’s hard to believe Christian Pulisic is just a normal kid.

U.S. U17 MNT reach the final of the AIFF Youth Cup in Goa, India. They will play South Korea at Tilak Maidan Stadium.


The week in five words "If you’re not worried, worry". The Seattle Sounders are not scoring goals, and head coach Sigi Schmid that's not for lack of trying. Brad Evans on the other hand feels a sloppy goal is better than no goal.

At best, a player can endure The US Soccer Hype Machine’s sharp teeth and emerge stronger, more resilient. At worst, the heady expectations can destroy a career. Over the last year, it has been focused on Jordan Morris. Morris to his credit has handled it all like a true professional.

DeAndre Yedlin is ready for every possibility. The 22-year-old spent last season on loan from Tottenham to Sunderland, who he helped survive an English Premier League relegation battle after turning into a regular starter late in the season. Sunderland are now apparently trying to make Yedlin’s deal permanent.

World Soccer

Milan's historic San Siro arena will host Real Madrid and their city rivals, Atletico Madrid, on Saturday but work will need to be done to ensure that the surface is worthy of the occasion. What really is the history behind one of the world's greatest stadiums.

The feud between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola started in 2008, now it will divide Manchester. Mourinho may have the upper hand if Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes the $50 million dollar offer. Ibra will be widely missed at PSG.

In their continuing effort to clean up world soccer  FIFA has fired finance director and deputy secretary general Markus Kattner after an internal investigation revealed he got irregular bonus payments worth millions of dollars

Antonio Conte, the Italy national coach, has said that Italian players who move to MLS must "pay the consequences in footballing terms" – which means not being picked for international tournaments while he is coach.

Major League Soccer

One sports writer in Colorado feels Mark Burch owned the Seattle Sounders last Saturday, and should be considered for the USMNT at leftback.

In a recent interview, NYCFC midfielder Andrea Pirlo offered his views on youth development in the United States and how that impacts the quality of play at the professional level. His thoughts on MLS are similar.

After five years in MLS, Perry Kitchen craved a new challenge. He wanted to take the next step in his career as well as have a new experience in a different part of the world, so Kitchen opted not to re-sign with D.C. United in order to explore his options as a free agent.

MLS, NASL, and USL well represented this summer in the Copa America Centenario and Euro 2016.

Goals of the Season:  England, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Holland

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