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Major Link Soccer: Sunil Gulati speaks on the current international climate

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In lead-up to the USMNT's first game under Bruce Arena, Sunil reminds us of the bigger picture.

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United States:

Sunil Gulati publicly addressed how the current political climate will impact the United State's efforts for a World Cup bid, saying that it runs secondary to resolving the executive order.

The USMNT's first World Cup qualifier of 2017 will be at Avaya Stadium on March 24, in hopes of getting Bruce Arena's side on the right foot, and perhaps in an effort to break a streak of bad results in cities named San Jose.

The USMNT still has questions to be answered in lead up to their match versus Honduras, particularly in regards to their formation. One of those concerns comes from Jozy Altidore, who hopes the offense becomes more aggressive in the coming weeks.

Bruce Arena has a wealth of experience when it comes to managing international soccer, which he is bringing to a significantly wealthier U.S. Soccer Federation than from his first go-round with the team.

In order to keep the hotbed of talent they produce strong year round, the Soccer Institute at Montverde Academy has launched their own PDL team.

MLS:

Sebastian Giovinco loves to play soccer- which is one of the reasons he ultimately turned down an offer to play in Barcelona's logjam of attacking players. This admission comes on the heels of Seba's confirming of additional interest beyond the North, specifically from China.

As he moves on to the Chicago Fire, Once a Metro pays tribute to longtime Red Bulls stalwart Dax McCarty.

Minnesota United have announced their stadium in St. Paul will feature the steepest safe standing supporter section, able to hold 3,000 fans. As they will stand for their club, Minnesota fans are also planning to stand for their entire community.

New York City FC continue to look for a viable soccer-specific stadium site, and the president of Queens Borough is opening up her neighborhood for consideration.

As the opportunity to expand into MLS becomes more enticing, Sports Illustrated takes an in-depth look at each of the perspective expansion markets. Among those markets is NCAA soccer hot bed Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Portland Timbers are on the verge of adding Argentinean midfielder Sebestian Blanco from Argentina side San Lorenzo.

The Galaxy went off script in hiring the more low-key Curt Onalfo to replace Bruce Arena, but their deviation has strong reasoning behind it.

Bundesliga midfielder Florian Jungwirth is hoping to make a move to MLS before his contract expires, but that would require his manager (and eternal U.S. Soccer heel) Torsten Frings to reconsider his goal of getting a player in return.

Once a bash brother, Steven Lenhart is joining FC Imabari in Japan.

Seattle:

Attending a Sounders game at CenturyLink Field made Scout.com's Top 100 Stadium Experiences of 2016, at number 29.

The U-18 Boy's team made their calls for a team camp, including three Sounders Academy players.