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Major Link Soccer: Michael Bradley might be a wrestling heel

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Also: MLS offseason updates, and US Soccer’s power vacuum problem

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Seattle

This season there has been a lot to be thankful for. First and foremost we have one more home game!

After Seattle earned another clean sheet and scored two away goals in its 2-0 win in the first leg of the Western Division championship, FiveThirtyEight has upped the probability that Sounders will advance to the MLS Cup to 97%, best odds of any remaining team.

Coach Brian Schmetzer talks about the rollercoaster ride this season has been.

As part of a new agreement, penned Monday, Seattle and Seattle Public Schools will begin planning improvements to Memorial Stadium, home of the Seattle Reign.

MLS

While Seattle, Houston, Columbus and Toronto are now looking at just one to two games left in an epic 2017 season, MLS teams no longer in the playoffs are on the cusp of a busy off-season with the first option-exercise deadline looming. Check out the key offseason dates for the remainder of 2017.

Michael Bradley took some time out of focusing on beating the Columbus Crew to beat up on the Columbus fans. The US captain definitely isn’t siding with the fans on #savethecrew, parroting many of the lines Crew owner Anthony Precourt has tossed out.

The writing was on the wall. As we covered on Monday, Dirty South Soccer gave former Sounders back Tyrone Mears a middling grade for the 2017 season and speculated he might not return next season. Now it’s official. Atlanta United has declined options to retain several players, including Mears.

The Colorado Rapids have made a quick off-season move, signing attacking midfielder Johan Blomberg from Allsvenskan side AIK Fotboll pending receipt of his ITC. Get to know the 30 year old Swede; we’ll undoubtedly be seeing more of him next season.

In a recent interview with Spanish paper Marca, David Villa is still bright on MLS and says his plans are to stay with NYCFC.

The LA Galaxy wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

USA

Yesterday there was news that Sunil Gulati was rumored to be considering not running for USSF President. Now it comes out they might not hire a USMNT Coach until February. FourFourTwo asks: how detrimental is this leadership vacuum, and lack of urgency in starting to fix the USMNT, likely to be?

If you have not been following The Journey, the U.S. Soccer series following U.S. Women's National Team players as they compete for spots on the 2019 Women's World Cup, the sixth video of the series, profiling Rose Lavelle, has just been released.

World

Finally, more than two years after the investigation of international soccer corruption became public, the first cases are on trial in U.S. Federal District Court in New York. Here is some background.

Liverpool was having a really fun day, and then it turned into a really rough day.