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Major Link Soccer: Champions League Final Edition

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The glory of the trophy is a core part of it, but many outcomes lie in the balance of the result from Milan

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The World:

The all-Madrid affair in Milan will hold many soccer fan's attention today, leading some to believe that the big-game pressure could lead to a multi-goal game amongst shaky defenses. Additionally, Sky Italia is reporting that Real Madrid have asked Sevilla manager Unai Emery to keep his options open until after the Champions League Final result, with the heavy implication being that Zidane's fate with the Galaticos lies in the balance of his teams performance.

Meanwhile, Lyon pulled away with the women's UEFA Champions League title, through some goalkeeping heroics deep in penalties.

With a Chinese consortium in talks to buy a majority of the stakes in the club, Milan president Silvio Berlusconi is beginning his ride into the sunset.

Missing Carlos Sanchez, Monterrey struggled to break through a gritty performance by Pachuca in the first leg of the Clasura final, losing 1-0.

In a unique look at something many have suspected, Front Office Report dives into the metrics behind Manchester United's brand, and the potential parallels between Brand success and on-field success.


MLS:

A look at the worst performing teams in MLS history by the numbers has the 2015 Chicago Fire at the top of the smallest mountain, with plenty of other surprises found along the way.

Public documents have confirmed that a Orlando City specific bar is coming to downtown Orlando, to go with their soccer specific stadium.

Reports are surfacing that MLS's All Star Game will be renamed to the Frank Lampard Memorial All Star Game. These same sources would neither confirm or deny that "Only Time" by Enya will be played on a loop during the entire ninety minutes this July.

Seattle:

Just after a month away for a tibia fracture, Jess Fishlock returned to the field for the Reign, underscoring the tremendous value she provides the starting XI.

United States:

While many place MLS Cup above it as a symbol for their club's success, the U.S. Open Cup remains the most valuable commodity in the American soccer community.

The group leading the charge for Nashville to get a USL team has filed a letter intent with the city to purchase the pre-existing team, Nashville FC, which currently competes in the National Premier Soccer League.