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Major Link Soccer: New wealthy savior emerges for the New York Cosmos, NASL

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The MLS expansion Stadium Wars are going strong. Jess Fishlock is an interim head coach. A certain MLS Watercolorist goes big time.

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NASL, USL and MLS

The New York Cosmos may rise from the ashes again, despite shedding talent and staff during the recent turmoil (and missing paychecks). Rocco B. Commisso, former Columbia University soccer star and owner of a large cable TV company, is ready to throw down cash for the club.

This could be enough to save NASL, as eight teams might be just enough to be considered a Division II league, at least if they get a one-year waiver from US Soccer for exemption from the usual 12-team minimum. Commisso's purchase of the club reportedly hinges on that second-division sanctioning, so the deal is not completely sorted yet.

Meanwhile, in Charlotte, N.C., a stadium proposal is under consideration that would spend about $150 million on an MLS-capacity stadium. A racetrack-owning billionaire family is behind the effort.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies are also slowly moving through the approval process for their own $230 million facility that would only go forward if they are awarded an MLS franchise.

San Jose Earthquakes have hired a new General Manager. Jesse Fioranelli comes to the team with technical staff, club management and player manager experience in Italy and Turkey. His most recent club job was with AS Roma.

Chicarito Hernandez, who is linked with a move to MLS approximately every 2 days, is apparently on the outs at Bayer Leverkusen, but the price to pic him up could be €25 million.

NWSL

Fresh off their NWSL championship, the Western New York Flash are reportedly moving to North Carolina before the 2017 season. The franchise is the most decorated in US Women's soccer, but the current iteration has struggled to fill their stadium. Stephen Malik, owner of North Carolina FC, is reportedly the buyer, and a few months ago he trademarked the Carolina Courage name.

Seattle

Andy Craven has landed at the USL's FC Cincinatti:

Meanwhile, in Australia, Jess Fishlock has been made the interim head coach of her team, W-League's Melbourne FC. She was previously a playing assistant coach.

Washington Youth Soccer will not be left out in the cold by US Youth Soccer while they hash out their disagreements. The groups released a joint statement that they are prioritizing the "interests of the game above all else."

Emily Cummings, aka @MLSWatercolors, is finally getting the recognition she deserves over at the MLS Soccer site!

World

After Riyad Mahrez' rise to prominence as part of Leicester City's crazy year, he has become massively famous in his Algerian home. He has quite a story, although it sounds like fame hasn't changed him much.

Keaton Parks, Texan teen midfielder, has taken an under-the-radar path to (reportedly) signing with Benfica B, previously playing in the Portuguese second division.