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Jurgen appears to be in the drivers seat for the vacant England job.

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United States:

Following conversations with the FA, Jurgen Klinsmann appears to be the clear-cut favorite for the England manager job. This coming off the heels of his proclaiming that despite senior team success, the foundation for the USMNT remains on unkempt ground.

NASL side Fort Lauderdale Strikers are in a heavy state of turmoil, with players walking away from the team due to checks bouncing.

MLS:

An open call for Mario Balotelli to ignite his potential in MLS, with Chicago or Philadelphia looking like the most logical landing spots.

Despite a positive trend in form, Peter Vermes thinks that Jason Kreis would have advanced NYCFC's success further than Patrick Viera has.

Allowing underclassmen to openly declare for the draft and the opportunity to stream games via Twitter represent two interesting growth points for MLS.

Former Sounders player of interest Hector Villaba is drawing closer to a move to Atlanta United.

Carl Robinson is banking on the bench providing Kekuta Manneh a spark.

Lloyd Sam has been traded to DC United, with the Red Bulls getting allocation money in exchange.


NWSL:

Richard Farley writes on how Mark Parson's has keyed a culture shift for the Portland Thorns, which proves key to their success this season.

The World:

Prior to the Copa Corona tournament, Club America and Santos Laguna are tuning up at the Alamodome.

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is in the hospital, after getting food poisoning while vacationing in Bali.

Ahmed Musa is on his way to Leicester City, breaking the defending Premier League champs previous record for a transfer fee.

Seattle:

Kasey Keller's storied career got another award with his induction into the WIAA hall of fame.

Two Merced Atlas players from California are hoping to fulfill MLS dreams by playing for the Sounders youth academy.