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Will he be the Galaxy's savior? The words are still flying between Megan Rapinoe and Spirit owner Bill Lynch. US paralympic team steals a stunning draw to open their tournament.

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Major League Soccer

Retirement seems so permanent, especially when there is a massive amount of fanfare and a league MVP trophy named after you. But then there is Landon Donovan, LegenD, who has seen his beloved Galaxy in trouble and was inspired to act. Whether he can perform at high level after being so far removed from competitive matches is another question.

Taking a stab at answering some of those obvious questions about the deal is Kevin McCauley at the main SB Nation site.

The question of un-retiring actually came up in a recent interview, when Landon said "if you give me six months, I think I could last a few months" back in MLS play.

FC Dallas have signed Paxton Pomykal, their 15th Home Grown Player signing (yes that's the record). He's a top young prospect, and as SportsDay points out, the ability to retain local talent is one thing MLS has over other American sports.

Alejandro Bedoya did not have a good match in the recent World Cup qualifier, and Eric Wynalda said as much on Twitter, prompting a vicious response from Bedoya himself, who even referenced an alleged affair between Wynalda's wife and John Harkes. That tweet was deleted, but the sentiment was not.

Bedoya later called in to Wynalda's show to try to clear the air. It's not exactly the first time an athlete has felt they were being treated unfairly by the media, but Wynalda was just doing his job as an outside observer.

Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor considers a move to an MLS expansion side as one of his options moving forward.

Seattle

After Washington Spirit owner Bill Lynch moved the national anthem back to when the players were still in the locker room, Megan Rapinoe's response included calling Lynch "homophobic." Lynch, for his part, denies that his organization lacks inclusivity or makes decisions based on "sexual preference." As the back and forth continues, we'll se how far out in the political realm the accusations will roam (Rapinoe also disparaged the use of the word "hijack" in the Spirit statement).

For the Spirit reaction, check out Black and Red United's recap.

It is certainly big news when a player makes an obvious protest in a game of American football, but soccer and politics, particularly during times of conflict, have been closely tied around the world for a long, long time.

Zach Scott needs your help! He's seeking donations for Run of Hope 2016 and for his friend's daughter Avery, who is battling a rare type of brain cancer.

We aren't the only ones talking about the importance of this match against San Jose. The MLS site notes Seattle's backs are against the wall. As Andreas Ivanschitz says, the match "is a final for us, but it's also a final for them."

In a wide-ranging interview, USWNT coach Jill Ellis discusses her vision for the future of the team, but also talks about the decision to punish Hope Solo for an accumulation of bad behavior that she says reflected badly on the program.

Paralympics

The US paralympic team is full of military veterans, accident survivors, and those overcoming all kinds of challenges. David Garza, who suffered a severe injury in a car collision four years ago, feel like he's getting a "second chance at life." The next challenge, though, is achieving a Paralympics medal, which will be tough given the competition.

In their first match of the 7-a-side tournament, USA drew 2-2 with the Netherlands Thursday, thanks to a last-minute strike by Adam Ballou:

World

Are Leicester CIty a one-hit wonder? It is, of course, too early to tell, but this weekend's clash at Liverpool is certainly a chance to start turning heads once more.

The Canadian Premier League looks like it is going to be a thing,with organizers hoping to lure teams from the NASL starting in 2018. The MLS teams in Canada are very unlikely to jump ship, though.

Real Madrid has been hit with a transfer ban by FIFA that is active through the Winter of 2017.