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Major Link Soccer: Nigel de Jong to Galatasaray?

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Are we really still talking about Soccer City, USA? I guess they are down in Oregon.

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Seattle

The New York Times did a great feature on Jordan Morris this week, talking about the weight of expectation and shrugging off the "label stuff".

Oh good, the Oregonian is doing a five-part series on soccer in the US that will conclude with them crowning the real Soccer City, USA. This makes me think of Sarah Palin and "real" America: if you have to claim it so strongly, you're really just exposing your own insecurities and frustration.

MLS

MLS players can all collectively loosen their shin guards and exhale: Nigel De Jong may soon be headed out of LA to Turkish giant Galatasaray (club interest confirmed by Taylor Twellman). He'd be a DP next season for the Galaxy if he were to play 7 of their last 8 MLS matches (yeah right).

Galaxy centerback Jelle Van Damme will be out 2-3 weeks with an MCL sprain; the Sounders will likely still have to face him when they visit Carson on September 25th.

The San Jose Earthquakes have parted ways with GM John Doyle, who had been with the club since 2007. With the team fading yet again from the playoff picture as well as Doyle's long-time struggles with finding impactful DPs contributed to the decision.

Toronto FC's new stadium renovations included adding riggings for large tifos to be displayed, and TFC supporters wasted no time using the new capabilities in their rivalry match against the Montreal ImpactSounders fans might be familiar with a "Your Nightmare"-themed tifo.

There was an extremely sexist two-pole in Toronto as well, but you wouldn't know it from the tone-deaf apology from the club for allowing it through the gates.

Atlanta United's president recently confirmed the upcoming MLS expansion draft coming up in December as well that the club's search for their first head coach may continue for another few months.

Steven Goff argues that MLS keep undercutting itself by scheduling games during FIFA dates, and only hurts the competition of Supporters Shield and playoff races.

NWSL

UCLA's Jessie Fleming is really good at soccer, to the point that you need to watch her wreck this defender and contemplate your relative existence to someone so talented.

Carli Lloyd took a 17-day break following the USWNT's quarterfinal loss in Rio before returning to the Houston Dash, citing a personal commitment "that really is none of anyone's business".

USA

NYRB midfielder Sacha Kljestan was added to the USMNT's roster ahead of WCQ matches on September 2nd and 6th.

World

Frank McCourt, disgraced LA Dodgers owner that was forced out by Major League Baseball after damaging one of the league's most iconic brands and slashing payroll for his personal benefit, has purchased French club Olympique de Marseille at a bargain price.

Before their Bundesliga opener this weekend, FC Koln fans packed the Cologne Cathedral to sing the club's anthem at midday service.

Four-time Champions League winner Ajax will miss out on the main tournament for the second year in a row, illustrating the sad state of the once giant club following bouts of mismanagement.

Soccer to Watch Today:

You're gonna have to wait till Wednesday for your soccer fix.