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Major Link Soccer: How bad is finishing in MLS, really?

Also, Atlanta United's opening weekend was a success worthy of their ambition ranking, Dallas try a new tactic to get people to road trip to Frisco, and PRO's 2017 points of emphasis

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Dick's Drive-In is opening another new location via fan vote after expanding to Edmonds in 2011. Their online poll gives two options: East or South?


The Sounders rank 3rd in Grant Wahl's 2017 MLS Ambition Rankings, behind Toronto FC and Atlanta United.

Looking to capitalize on their two trophies in 2016, FC Dallas are set to invest $39 million in renovating Toyota Stadium and its surrounding complex into "the Mecca of soccer." Unfortunately, also like Mecca, it will still take a pilgrimage to get to.

Top Drawer Soccer ranked the top 5 current MLS Homegrowns at every position - the list includes current Sounders HGP Jordan Morris, former Chicago Fire HGP Harry Shipp, and former Sounder Sean Okoli.

MLS referees have four points of emphasis for 2017; let's hope the Sounders don't fall victim to the inconsistent enforcement of them early on like last season.

When you start a Manager career in FIFA17, you have three apparel choices for your avatar: suit, shirt and tie, or tracksuit. They clearly haven't seen these brave MLS coaches that are trailblazing a fourth option: sweater.

Orlando City built its new stadium with a special place for the club’s supporters — a safe-standing "Wall."

Even though they squandered their lead to NYRB, Atlanta United's MLS debut was a categorical success with 55,000 strong turning out. They even passed the Sounders for most Twitter followers in MLS!

Ever watch MLS and feel like the finishing is lacking? This deep dive on MLS shot placement offers an interesting take on the abstract term.


US Soccer recently changed its policy to require players to stand "respectfully" for the National Anthem, the first American sports organization to do so.

A comprehensive study at the University of Mississippi focusing on the effect of weather conditions, travel distances and rest days on player performance could have implications for future host sites in sports.

Soccer to Watch Today:

UEFA Champions League

11:45am Napoli vs Real Madrid fuboTV, Fox Sports 2, Fox Sports 2Go

11:45am Arsenal vs Bayern München fuboTV, ESPN Deportes, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2Go

SheBelieves Cup

1:00pm Germany vs England   Fox Soccer 2Go,

4:00pm USA vs France   fuboTV, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2Go

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