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Major Link Soccer: Pineda not impressed by USMNT

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The former Sounder poo-pooed the US' effort against Ecuador while also singing the praises of former teammate Clint Dempsey.

Good to have you around Gonzalo.
Good to have you around Gonzalo.
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MLS

Us Sounders fans have seemed to get the short end of the stick from the referees this year (though Sunday's performance was all on the guys in green) but nothing they've encountered quite compares to this blown call in the FC Dallas-Sporting Kansas City match:

Copa America

Put Gonzalo Pineda in the camp of people who aren't impressed by the USA's Semifinal run.

"I don't like the United States' style. It has won, yes, but it hasn't played to win, and for me against Ecuador the U.S. saved from losing and even from being blown out."

I'd like to think he's just bitter about what happened to Mexico, but he may be correct about the Ecuador match. He went on to talk about how great Clint Dempsey has been in the full article at Goal.com.

Stars and Stripes FC has a tactical breakdown of the Quarterfinal match in Seattle.

Euros

England will play today's match against Slovakia without Wayne Rooney, after manager Roy Hodgson elected to leave the striker off the roster for tactical reasons.

FIFA

In just the short time he's been in charge, Gianni Infantino has failed to improve the situation at Soccer's governing body. Mark Pieth (formerly of FIFA's Independent Governance Committee) has called for his ouster a mere four months in.

If Real Madrid is going to sign Paul Pogbacould they just hurry up and do it already? It totally makes sense that they might want a striker who can convert a penalty in a key situation, or someone who doesn't take selfies with pitch invaders.