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Major Link Soccer: Messi returns to score against Lodeiro and Uruguay

Kamara's call up could be going wrong. De Jong fallout for LA. Heather O'Reilly retires from the international stage.

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Major League Soccer

Kei Kamara was called up last minute to the Sierra Leone squad for their match against Ivory Coast, but if these twitter reports are believed, Kamara is not too happy with either the head coach or the financial situation of the SLFA, and said as much. Meanwhile, coach Sellas Tetteh says he "does not need" Kei and isn't in his plans.

Over on the MLS site, the fallout for LA of the Nigel De Jong departure is considered. Also, the Fire rejecting offers for David Accam and the Timbers' extension of Liam Ridgewell are seen as smart moves.

For more detail on all the summer moves in MLS (the transfer window closes tomorrow), SoccerAmerica has a full rundown and picks out the most important (Yeah, Lodeiro tops the list).

The Red Line Report looks at the trandlines in xG for different squads leading into the playoffs. Who is in "good form" and ready to make the push, and who are faltering? Check it out.

Speaking of making a push for the playoffs, here is one MLS fan's loveletter to parity in MLS. It means no champion can rest on their laurels, and no bottom-dweller has to feel like there's no hope (OK, within reason).

The rapids are worse since the arrival of Tim Howard, at least so far. Is that his fault? It's obviously hard to say.

Because everyone must be asked about Colin Kaepernick's act of protest, Jozy Altidore was asked to weigh in, saying he can "understand where he's coming from."

Good news for those excited for video assistant referees to be implemented at the MLS level: The system was successfully tested in the recent France-Italy friendly, and FIFA President Gianna Infantino praised it as a success.

Hurry! During Labor Day weekend only, you can get into this Timbers MLS Cup Champion themed corn maze!

Soccer in the US

Julian Green recounts he experiences as the Bundesliga season began and he didn't get the call in the first match, but he's feeling confident and he says he has "nothing to lose."

There's not much more to it at this point, but Barcelona are reportedly interested in launching a women's team in the US.

USWNT veteran Heather O'Reilly has officially retired from her international career with the Red, White and Blue after a long and decorated career. 230(!) caps and 46(!) international goals and 15 years later, the 31-year-old is going to stick to club soccer with FC Kansas City from now on.

US Soccer journalist Grant Wahl had to wait in a line to go through customs in Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, and was not happy about it on the Twitter. The SVG prime minister will apparently look into the issue, for some reason.


Franz Beckennbauer is under investigation for corruption charges related to the 2006 World Cup. He was then president of the local organizing committee for the Cup.

FIFA President Infantino has finally signed an actual employment contract, worth just over $1.5 million in 2016.

Nico Lodeiro and Uruguay fell to Argentina 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier. Lionel Messi, in his return, scored a goal (of course he did), but it was from a dramatic deflection that left the keeper no chance to save it.

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