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Major Link Soccer: Hope Solo one of eight finalists for US Soccer President

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MLS signings and some NWSL news.

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Seattle

In the just about 18 months since Brian Schmetzer took over head coaching duties, we have heard him say many things. One of the most common being “he’s a tough kid”. Now it’s time to go out an get a tough kid patch.

MLS

The Colorado Rapids have signed US international Edgar Castillo to a loan deal for the 2018 MLS season. It will be the first time he will play professionally in the United States.

The Rapids are also keeping an eye on Australian midfielder Neil Kilkenny.

D.C. United announces discussion with Loudoun County for practice and training facility. They would be roughly one hour away from their new stadium.

If Atlanta United FC want the services of Ezequiel Barco, it’s going to cost them.

They aren’t even close to fielding a team but Nashville is already wanting a rivalry with Atlanta United.

Are the Portland Timbers close to signing another international defender? They have their eyes on Costa Rican international Julio Cascante.

Brooks Lennon will remain with Real Salt Lake. Lennon has signed a new contract with his once and future club.

The San Jose Earthquakes have signed Magnus Eriksson as a designated player. Eriksson joins San Jose from Swedish side Djurgardens IF. He was the co-leading scorer in Sweden’s Allsvenskan in 2017 with 14 goals.

USA

We now officially have eight candidates vying for President of US Soccer. Former Seattle Reign FC goalkeeper Hope Solo has a 12.5% chance of becoming USSF President.

Sounds like Laura Harvey has her first player as the new head coach of the Utah Royals. Becky Sauerbrunn will be announced on Thursday as their first player.

Speaking of the Royals, they are off to a fast start at the ticket office for the 2018 NWSL season.

It sounds like Albuquerque will be joining the ranks of the USL in 2019. They currently play in the PDL.