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Major Link Soccer: Will Fredy Montero be back in Vancouver?

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The Colombian is still under contract in China and that could create a complication

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MLS

VAR has been misused or not used plenty of times this season (Nouhou PK against Vancouver...) but Howard Webb is calling it a success. It largely is, but I’m still a little bitter about a few calls. Serie A and the Bundesliga are having similar results as well.

Remember how Anthony Precourt wanted to move the Crew because “business is struggling” except that might not be the case.

It what counts as “no duh” Julian Gressel won the 2017 MLS Rookie of the Year. The Atlanta midfielder earned over 50% of the votes with second place only getting about 16%.

No Sounders made the Goal.com MLS U-21 Best XI and that’s okay, what might scare you is how many RSL players made it and how good Mike “Printer” Petke may get them to play.

Colorado fired their coach mid-season and now it’s their Director of Soccer on the way out. Claudio Lopez played in MLS and then took over as the Director in 2014 and after a poor 2017 was not brought back.

Across the country, New England is looking to add to their staff by hiring Brad Friedel to replace Jay Heaps. I think it’s a bad idea and those at the Bent Musket aren’t sold on him either.

Montreal tabbed former Aston Villa manager Remi Garde as their new manager. He’ll also be their personnel director.

If you didn’t like seeing Fredy Montero playing in a Whitecaps uniform, you may not have to again. While Vancouver would like him back, it’s a financial decision that involves his Chinese club as much as it does him.

LAFC continues to do things right and they are going after Diego Rossi, a Uruguayan youth international that would be a Youth DP.

USA

The NASL lawsuit against the USSF will go forward after an expedited schedule was decided on.

We’ve linked to it before but here it is again since no one really knows...who actually votes for USSF President. Yes it is more complex than the electoral college.

Everyone has an opinion on what the next step is for US Soccer after their World Cup qualifying failure and Seattle’s Mr. Soccer, Cliff McCrath, has plenty of thoughts.

World

Bored because of the international break? Well so were the folks at Cartilage Free Captain and so now we have an entire English football pyramid named by a computer. What’s your favorite name it came up with?

Columbus isn’t the only team with good financials, Manchester City announced recorded revenues. That’ll probably help when they try to buy every player ever.

Vasco de Gama’s 19 year old sub, Evander, decided his side shouldn’t lose to Santos. So he did what any player looking to score their first goal in Brazilian Serie A, a 35+ yard strike.