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Major Link Soccer: CONCACAF close to approving new "League of Nations"

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Similar to the UEFA Nations league, it would pit national teams across the Caribbean and both North and Central America in a league competition format.

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United States:

CONCACAF is beginning to set plans for a league competition among North and Central America and Caribbean national teams in motion. The move comes after widespread acceptance to the idea among CONCACAF members, and (similar to the UEFA Nations League) could eliminate friendly fixtures for the USMNT.

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Seattle:

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MLS:

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Former Washington Husky/likely no. 1 NBA Draft pick/Maryland local Markelle Fultz was in the RFK crowd for DC United's 2-1 victory over New York City FC this weekend.