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Major Link Soccer - Washington Spirit vs. Streisand Effect

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The decision by the Spirit to move the anthem to prevent Rapinoe's mild protest had exactly the effect that one would expect. Much more widespread discussion of the issue with articles from multiple sources including Four Four TwoHowler, and NBC Sports.

Hope Solo's suspension is still the subject of much discussion. Stars And Stripes Forever thinks that it was handled badly by US Soccer.

Jill Ellis has also commented on the situation, reinforcing the widespread assumption that this was based upon a history of problems and not a single event.


There were two MLS matches last night. The first match was a mostly one-sided affair with Orlando City embarrassing Montreal at home by a score of 4-1. This result puts Orlando City above the red line and halved the gap between them and Montreal to 3 points.

In the later match, Real Salt Lake just barely managed to remain unbeaten at home. The LA Galaxy were up twice in the match, but RSL's Burrito Martinez managed to draw it even in the final play.

The Columbus Crew didn't play yesterday, but the other results have all but mathematically eliminated their playoff hopes.

The $100 million paid for naming rights at LAFC's stadium was the highest ever for an MLS stadium, but Bloomberg is suspicious of the integrity of the deal. It turns out that the CEO of the sponsor is brothers with one of the team owners.

MLS has been expanding at a rate of nearly a team per year for a decade and it doesn't seem likely to stop for the next few years. That makes it all the more surprising that Don Garber would indicate that expansion could stop soon.

Forbes has released their yearly shot-in-the-dark MLS club valuations. Good new, Seattle is on top.


With the most recent international break having come to a close, it's time to focus on the Hex which will start in November.

I know that we covered this yesterday, but people just can't stop talking about Christian Pulisic.


Things aren't so rosy north of the border. With Canada being officially eliminated from World Cup qualifying, it's time to talk about replacing the coach.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino thinks that we are ready to consider expanding the World Cup from 32 to 40 teams, and increasing the bribery pool by expanding to multiple host nations.

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