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Major Link Soccer: Field debacle pushes NWSL to tipping point

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Sounder At Heart readers do some great work, contributing a pair of insightful FanPosts.

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Ali Krieger

Seattle

What started as an excellent comment in the discussion of the Sounders player ratings against LA is now a full-fledged FanPost by Jack2142 on the state of the Sounders' roster and how our FO got us there (since 2012).

Individual tickets are now on sale for the Galaxy-Sounders US Open Cup quarterfinal at StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium on Wednesday, July 20. You read the location correctly.

Do you like Seattle sports blogs? Something tells me you do. Lookout Landing is looking for people to write about the Mariners, in case you want to fully commit to the masochism that is Seattle sports fandom.

MLS

DC United have rebuffed Maccabi Tel Aviv’s offer of nearly $1 million for defender Steve Birnbaum.

The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed Canadian defender David Edgar, who most recently appeared 36 times for League 1-side Sheffield United; at 6'4", he'd make for an imposing pairing with Kendall Waston.

Houston Dynamo left back DaMarcus Beasley is set to undergo surgery on his left knee this week; the Dynamo expect him to begin rehabilitation soon after and for the veteran to return relatively quickly.

Fans around the world fell in love with the Icelandic national team this summer, and it appears that part of their fan culture has also caught on in Toronto. Sounders fans might recognize the stadium-wide booming and clapping of sorts.

NWSL

The viral nature of the Flash-Reign field dimensions debacle has pushed the NWSL to a tipping point in its historic fourth season; the problems the league faces have deep roots, not least of all the distinct lack of progress on sponsorships.

NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush admitted that it was a mistake to play the game on Rochester's minor league baseball field, but it begs the question of how the league came to its decision. This FanPost by Sevenless lays out the many better options that were available.

USA

The explosion of youth soccer in this country has been exciting to watch, but it's also resulted in once-modest local leagues into psuedo-businesses managing hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.  Over the last five years, hundreds of volunteer treasurers and club officers have been prosecuted for embezzling huge sums from youth clubs.

The still-rebuilding Jersey Shore could get a beautiful new outdoor stadium, as Asbury Park Football Club revealed its vision for a 5,000-seat boardwalk stadium.

World

Let's be honest: this year's Summer of Soccer was high on drama but low on quality.

French forward Andre Gignac reportedly wants out of Mexico and is looking to return to Europe. The 30-year-old has enjoyed great success with Tigres, reaching the Copa Libertadores final, winning the Liga MX Apertura in 2015, and was the top goalscorer in the Clausura in 2016.

It's hard to even know where to begin figuring out how front offices identify and target talent; Front Office Report starts its three-part series on how scouting models are developed to beat subjective judgment.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's long-awaited documentary will premiere in October; here's the epic trailer.

In case it wasn't already clear that Romeo Parkes' soccer career is over after his disgusting on-field assault, FIFA has extended his 1-year USL ban worldwide.