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Major Link Soccer: USMNT Answer the Bell

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Christian Pulisic’s dynamism brings the team one (huge) step closer to qualifying.

Soccer: 2018 World Cup Qualifier-Panama at USA Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

Sounders FC Academy alum Paul Rothrock has earned a call-up to the U.S. U-18s.

MLS

Two of Real Salt Lake’s finest in Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman have given everything for the club’s success, and now face a uncertain future with the team as both of their contracts will expire at the end of this season.

Atlanta United’s fan support continues to break records, this time overtaking their own MLS attendance record set earlier this season.

United States

The USMNT faced a watershed moment versus Panama in Orlando, and Christian Pulisic made sure that they saw the other side. With the bell on their 2018 qualifying campaign about to ring, the USMNT wunderkind answered the call as the US were able to run rampant, and Bruce Arena’s big-game lineup gamble sees his coaching seat cool ever so slightly.

Clay Berling, the founder of Soccer America and a huge contributor to the growth of the US game, has passed away at 86.

7-year old Alex Ibarra raffled off his prized signed Pulisic jersey to benefit Puerto Rico, raising over $3,000. Upon hearing this story, Pulisic had a special message for the young American Outlaw capo.

The USA U-17 team also posted a strong result this weekend with a 3-0 victory over India in their opening U-17 World Cup match.

The World

Egypt qualified for their first World Cup since 1990, sending their fans into tears of joy, and almost certainly ensuring that 44 year old keeper Essam El-Hadary will be the oldest player to ever appear in the tournament. The man of the hour in Egypt is Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah, who sealed it with this penalty kick:

This comes after Costa Rica dramatically secured their own World Cup spot, giving us this all time Teletica call: