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Major Link Soccer: Save the Crew unveil open letter to MLS leadership

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MLS: Eastern Conference Semifinal-New York City at Columbus Crew Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

These playoffs have illustrated Clint Dempsey’s immense desire for a MLS cup, and regardless of how Seattle’s cup defense ends, he’ll keep things interesting.

This may sound familiar: a crucial Obafemi Martins’ strike has led his team to a lead in the first leg of China’s FA Cup final.

Will Bruin playing in a crucial match in Houston is a familiar sentence, but his new situation makes it feel anything but familiar.

Caleb Porter’s sudden exit from Portland moves every manager up one spot in the managerial tenure rankings, with Brian Schmetzer now at 14.

MLS

Atlanta United’s strong newcomer season correlated directly to this year’s All-Newcomer Best XI list, with a flurry of Atlanta United players making the list.

For Toronto FC, any result in the first leg of the Eastern final is a victory, considering they’ll be facing the Crew down their potent striking partnership.

Atlanta United had high hopes for Tyrone Mears, and while he had his signature moments for the club, he unfortunately did not live up to expectations by the end of their season.

If you would like to read (or sign) the Save the Crew open letter to Don Garber and MLS management, you can find it here.

United States

While it feels like we haven’t watched soccer in forever, it’s still happening, with the 2018 US Open Cup’s Open Amateur Qualifying division still going strong.

The New York Times dove deeper into how the NFL determines what games each region gets on TV.

The saga between the NASL and the US Soccer Federation took another turn with their previously agreed to out-of-court settlement unraveling at the last moment.

A Spanish report is claiming that Barcelona’s NWSL team will play in Santa Monica, but don’t expect a formal announcement any time soon.

The World

The Denmark Women’s national team have received a four year suspended ban from UEFA, after refusing to play a recent World Cup qualifier in a dispute over wages.

In an incredible display, Feyenoord fans honored the tragic death of Brad Jones’ late son by lighting up their phones and singing.

Soccer playing robots have long been subject to internet memes, but skillful mech players aren’t just a possibility; they’re real now. They’ve certainly come a long way: