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Major Link Soccer: Kaka thanks Orlando City FC fans in last home game

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The Brazilian legend bid farewell to Orlando in his last home match for the club Sunday.

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

With their 4-0 victory over FC Dallas last night, the Sounders now hold the longest active playoff streak in the league with 9 consecutive appearances:

The winners of the 2017 Washington State Book Awards have been announced.

MLS

With the regular season’s end fast approaching, it’s time now to place your fan ballots for season awards: 2017 MLS Newcomer of the Year award (where Gustav Svensson presents a compelling case), the 2017 Defender of the Year award & the 2017 AT&T Rookie of the Year award.

Dynamo Theory list “Tata” Martino as their top MLS-based USMNT manager candidate, with Patrick Veira in second. ESPN FC’s reports note those candidates as intriguing, but with Tab Ramos and Peter Vermes being clear cut favorites.

Vieira, for his part, is “adamant” he’s not ready for the challenge yet.

Following the announcement that he would not renew his contract at the end of the season, Sunday’s match was Kaka’s last home game for Orlando City. While it ultimately was a 1-0 loss, the moment still loomed large for the Brazilian luminary.

United States

The Portland Thorns ground out a hard fought NWSL championship game victory, thanks to a game-winner by Lindsey Horan.

The victory reaffirms the Thorns status as a highly successful professional women’s team, with the question now being if their success can be replicated across the league, or across all women’s sports.

The NFL protests against police brutality have gone international, with Hertha Berlin players kneeling before their match against Schalke on Saturday.

While the next USMNT manager search is going to dominate soccer news cycles, the question of what must change in the grassroots game is also worth examining.

The World

As much (deserved) negativity is stemming from the USMNT’s World Cup qualifying failure, Holland’s own qualifying failure is equal to, if not even more concerning, for the Oranje.

Indonesian goalkeeper Choirul Huda has tragically died after colliding with a teammate during a league match.

While Jose Mourinho is interested in remaining at Old Trafford for awhile longer, he is confident his career won’t end there, even hinting at a future PSG move.