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Major Link Soccer: USMNT Elimination Aftermath

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Also: Sounders Records on the Line

Trinidad & Tobago v United States  - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images

Seattle

Heads up! In a bid to make the match viewable by a larger, national audience, TV coverage of the Sounders’ critical home game against Dallas this Sunday (October 15) has been moved to Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes; game time should remain the same.

Despite the ups and downs of this season, it’s fair to stay that the Sounders have accomplished a lot. Soundersfc.com runs down records that the team (or team members) could set.

The Sounders are the first MLS team, and among the first wave of pro sports teams, to use live-streamed social media content to enhance the game experience, via local firm Tagboard.

MLS

As we covered yesterday in this column, Andrea Pirlo is calling it quits. Now, only days after, the Orlando Sentinel reported that Kaka is in talks with Orlando City to extend through 2018, an interview with Globo Esporte floats the possibility that this may be the star’s last season playing in MLS.

We all have complaints about facets of the game. Here are some suggestions for “Americanizing” (and in the process quite possibly improving) MLS soccer. Like these ideas? Have others?

USA

In the immediate aftermath of the USMNT being eliminated from the World Cup, mlssoccer.com has a roundup on reaction to the loss.

Clint Dempsey was one of the few players that got good marks in player ratings from the match.

For his part, Omar Gonzalez was understandably inconsolable that his own-goal contributed to the U.S. loss.

The USMNT’s World Cup elimination was a real blow for the players and fans alike. But a variety of businesses are also going to lose big, too.

World

The plucky Iceland national team qualified for the World Cup for the first time in the nation’s history. The downside is months of articles about their “signature celebration”, the viking thunder clap (which is no more than a minimally re-packaged version of our Sounders’ boom-clap ;-) ).

After the Netherlands shockingly failed to qualify for the World Cup, star Arjen Robben announced his retirement from national team play. He will continue with his club, Bayern Munich.