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Major Link Soccer: The Allure of Failure

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Also, NASL season preparation, the future of soccer in China, and the resurgence of Kezar

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MLS

So how did Chicago convince Schweinsteiger to sign? They apparently flaunted just how terrible they have been.

Unfortunately for the windy city, it seems highly unlikely that the German will be the solution to all of their problems.

Jason Kreis has intimate knowledge both of coaching for Real Salt Lake and of being fired unexpectedly. In his opinion, the firing of Jeff Casar was absurd.

According to supporters of Minnesota United, designated players just aren't that important and aren't what is needed in the face of their -9 season goal differential.

Grant Wahl is reporting hope on the horizon for a dramatic improvement to the New England Revolution's stadium situation.

In what feels somewhat like a throwback story to the olden days of MLS, one of Toronto FC's new additions had to quit his job at a bank to accept the team's offer.

Dallas fans have yet another reason to celebrate this young season; Frisco is finally getting craft beer*. Also, beer is apparently $5 in their stadium.

In expansion news, LAFC recently had a bit of a scare due to drastic changes at the bank that will sponsor their stadium, but it looks like the sponsorship will go forward as planned.

Landon Donovan is excited about MLS expansion in his new home town of San Diego and is working with the group collecting signatures to get a stadium proposal before the city council.

NASL

Although it seems like a particularly low bar, the NASL is aiming for a much more stable season in 2017.

The division 2 league has managed to secure various deals that will see many of their games nationally broadcast in one manner or another.

The newly formed San Francisco Deltas will live stream all of their home matches from Kezar Stadium. What could possibly go wrong?

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Seen Here: Kezar Stadium. Probably....

USA

Can Landon Donovan's history with the US serve as a model for how to build the team around Pulisic?

Arena and the team certainly have to hope that everything fits together if they are to have a chance of digging out of the current hole.

Maybe the most recent addition to the roster, Chris Wondolowski, is the secret weapon that the team needs to push their way forward.

A transit station in Atlanta with a new built-in soccer field has been unveiled. It's honestly pretty cool.

The International Champions Cup schedule has been released for those who enjoy glorified and overpriced friendlies.

World

The Chinese league may have reduced the number of international players this season, but it is still a financial force to be reckoned with on the world stage. However, even a clear improvement of their league play is unlikely to achieve the results being sought on the international stage.

* crafted by Anheuser Busch