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Major Link Soccer: Xabi Alonso interested in an MLS move

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Andy Rose scores a game winner. MLS agrees -- that LA-NY match was a mess thanks to the referee. Get ready for Stott!

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Major League Soccer

Could Xabi Alonso make a move to MLS for his last big contract? He'll soon be 35, and he makes it sound like he'd definitely consider coming to play with some of his former teammates and opponents in the US.

The Whitecaps are tapping the youth development system in neighboring Alberta to expand their reach to new talent.

Jeisson Vargas has found his way to MLS, sort of, maybe. According to Transfermarkt, the 18-year-old Chilean was signed by FC Montreal (or maybe Montreal Impact?) and loaned to a top flight team in Argentina.

Sebastian Giovinco is not stopping at being really good, earning another MLS player of the week from SB Nation.

Defender Chris Shuler will re-sign with Real Salt Lake after a stint of returning to fitness with Real Monarchs.

Video review can't come soon enough. MLS is discussing with PRO the LA-NY match officiating, which they conclude had several missed calls by Hilario Grajeda.

Are the Whitecaps a team without "difference-makers"? Coach Carl Robinson declined to say, but he wants his team to step up and perform in order to make the playoffs.

Seattle

The Sounders get the privilege of another of those fine PRO referees this weekend. Kevin Stott was assigned to the Sounders-RSL showdown.

Real Salt Lake's leading scorer, Yura Movsisyan, says he is ready to play a big role in the match even as he completely recovers from a hip flexor strain. Midfielder Sunday Stephen though, still has a ways to go before returning to action.

The Seahwawks have reached a new licensing agreement with Texas A&M over the use of "12th Man", meaning you won't see that phrase on the NFL team's official social media or in the stadium, at least for the next 5 years.

Andy Rose had the extra-time winner for Coventry City in the EFL cup to move his squad into the second round.

Two players and a fitness coach from Salvadoran team Dragón (that recently lost to Portland Timbers in CCL) stayed behind in the US without informing their team, and presumably without the appropriate visas to do so. The team is not pleased.

US Soccer

There's a new US Soccer supporters group in town (country) and it's called Sammers SC. Their motto? "Sing for 90." Hard to argue with that.

Here's a special episode of the Filibuster Podcast, focused on race and gender diversity and inclusion in American soccer culture, featuring a special guests and a guest host.

World

Iraq's future Cristiano Ronaldo. That would be Sherko Kareem, and here's the story of his career so far.

Welcome to the strange, conflicted world of being an alternate for the Olympic Games.