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Major Link Soccer: Bastian Schweinsteiger to Chicago

RSL fires Jeff Cassar and the Copa America will return to the US in 2020.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger is coming to MLS - the 32-year-old former German captain will join the Chicago Fire on a 1-year deal as their third DP.

RSL has parted ways with head coach Jeff Cassar, and will begin looking at potential candidates to replace him immediately. RSL GM Craig Waibel called the decision "cumulative", and described the club's disappointing finish last season as cause for urgency this year.

Have you heard about 'USL Priority Players'? It's the latest kinda-loophole in MLS roster rules that allows teams to bring in cheap, young talent and secure their MLS rights while playing for the club's USL affiliate, essentially providing three more Discovery claims (20 players have been signed under this designation this year).

Some people wondered how the NWSL would fare after losing a fair number of US national team players to European clubs over the offseason. While there may be less star power in the league (for now), the NWSL's strength is in its parity.

It isn't often you point to Philadelphia sports fans as role models, but after NYCFC away support embarrassed MLS last week in Orlando, Unions fans went out of their way to befriend local law enforcement.

Kyle Beckerman's sending off against the Galaxy cost RSL dearly, and the worst part is that it was completely avoidable.


USMNT fans are getting a little impatient trying to hold back the excitement for the future while desperately needing points in WCQ: bring on the Pulisic-Nagbe era.


Reports out of Brazil indicate that the United States will host another Copa America in 2020 as the tournament looks to shift to a four-year cycle to coincide with the EUROs and build on the success of 2016's inclusion of CONCACAF nations.

Meanwhile, CONCACAF is also working on a "League of Nations", a potential second-tier international competition that would provide a full slate of international games for the region's weaker teams.

By asking Arsenal to postpone its future planning to wait on his decision, Arsene Wenger has made the club about himself.

If you like LEGOs and soccer stadiums: meet 'Brickstand', a man on a cathartic mission to build every English stadium.

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