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Major Link Soccer: The CCL Resumes

Also: The LA Galaxy show English ambitions, Atlanta looks for even more professional soccer, and the New York Red Bulls test the definition of insanity.

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at New York Red Bulls Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports


Yedlin continues to see success across the pond, with at least one outlet seeing fit to ask the question of if he is now the best right back in the Championship.

FourFourTwo thinks that the Sounders may be even better this season than they showed while winning the MLS cup. Of course, that all comes down to players staying available.


In the first meaningful game of 2017 for any MLS teams, the Vancouver Whitecaps were able to hold the Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw in New York for the first leg of their CCL quarter-final matchup. Vancouver now holds a crucial away goal for the second leg coming one week from today in Vancouver.

Dallas will be in CCL action today at home vs. Panamanian side Árabe Unido. You may remember that Blas Perez was briefly a part of Árabe Unido and set to face his former side, but he has already been traded away from the team.


The LA Galaxy is certainly showing some ambition - they plan to hold trials this summer in London and Manchester.

FourFourTwo has collected all of their preseason MLS stories into a large 2017 season preview. One article of note is on what it may take for MLS to join the "big four" US sports leagues.

Kaká seems to have been making the interview rounds this week, and has only positive things to say about both MLS and Jason Kreis.

Orlando City SC seems increasingly likely to be starting the season in the generically named "Orlando City Stadium". The pending deals for naming rights have not coalesced and it seems that no one has taken the time to come up with a more creative temporary name.

Montreal has added some talented (relative) youth with the signing of 24-year-old Argentinian defensive midfielder Adrián Arregui.

Developers in Atlanta have announced a sprawling sports complex that with an eye to host more professional soccer teams. Which teams those may be is an open question, but it may point to an Atlanta United USL affiliate or a WPSL side.

Having not yet played at all in the preseason, it is likely that a lingering knee injury will cause Kyle Beckerman to miss Real Salt Lake's opening match for the first time in a decade.

If at first you don't succeed, you may be better off trying something else. But it looks like the New York Red Bulls will once again start the season trying a formation that they abandoned near the start of last season.

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