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Major Link Soccer: MLS to St. Louis hits a roadblock

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St. Louis loses the public vote, Atlanta changes turf providers, and S2 players make USL Team of the Week.

America's First Soccer Capital rejected an MLS stadium....
America's First Soccer Capital rejected an MLS stadium....
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MLS

If you were planning ahead to go to St. Louis for an away match, I've got some bad news. Voters failed a measure to publicly fund a portion of the new soccer stadium, effectively killing the expansion bid. Oh, and they passed a sales tax raise to a measly 9.17%.

The rejection in STL is good news for fans of a potential San Diego franchise, though they'll need to get the public to vote as well for public funding but instead of sales tax, via a hotel tax. The worst part, it's not till November so now we wait...

Have you heard of Fred Lipka? He's a former Academy Director that has helped develop talent like Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet. He's also now the Technical Director for all of MLS and leads training for Academy coaches to grow development of youth in MLS; he did a cool Q&A about how it is going.

Atlanta United is continuing to copy Seattle - Mercedes-Benz Stadium signed with FieldTurf as the official turf provided. What's weird here is they had already announced a turf provider, GreenfieldsUSA, and it was over a year ago they did it.

Steve Zakuani and Landon Donovan have plenty of things in common, I'm sure, like I'm guessing they both like tacos which is a great thing they can talk about now that they are retired. This is more of a story, though, of how to handle being retired and how a former Sounder star reached out to the MVP trophy namee.

If you think the Sounders should've won Friday evening against Atlanta United, you aren't alone. Advanced metrics thinks we should've outscored Atlanta by almost double per expected goals (warning, decimals do not translate to real goals, and the actual match, when rounded, would've been a 1-1 tie).

USA

Like that other kind of football? Don't like Thursday Night Football because it tends to be boring? Great news, it's reportedly leaving Twitter for Amazon for online streaming in a move that likely does nothing to improve the poor quality on the field but hey, drone cameras or something?

Our friends down at Indomitable City Soccer came out with their USL Best XI from week two and, while a lot predictably come from Sac. Republic, an S2 player makes the list as a starter and honorable mention. In the Eastern Conference you'll see a familiar name in defense and, if this team played, he'd have a lot of work to do since it is technically a 2-5-3 formation.

Sounders are going to turn it around, we get that. But if your team doesn't seem likely to, what do you? Well if you're an RSL supporter, maybe watch the Monarchs and watch MLS Beta/In-training/Lite as they fight in the USL.

World

If you watched FC Dallas play Pachua in the CCL, you would've seen Hirving Lozano score twice in the final ten minutes and crush Dallas. You also would've fallen in love with the young Mexican winger. Unfortunately, Lozano may be leaving Liga MX after publicly stating a desire to move to Europe (maybe it's a smoke screen and he's signing in Seattle!).

Cute kids talking about their future in a top league is fun. Watching a Roldan as a kid in a TV commercial, fun. So it makes perfect sense that as Cales Aleñá makes his way into First Team football at Barcelona, we take a look back at him growing up in the Barca system.

Waking the Red, your SB Nation neighborhood TFC blog, is bringing back their football club. This isn't a weird "take back our boys" thing, they are bringing back having a team for the Football for Good charity tournament. The tournament raises money for soccer and education in East Africa, mainly Uganda.

The Irish Women's National Team is considering boycotting over how bad conditions are for them, and, frankly, they probably should. From sharing uniforms with the youth team (and changing in airport bathrooms), to no pay for playing, they probably need to not play till the Irish Federation changes it up a bit.

Soccer to Watch Today:

CCL

7:00pm Vancouver Whitecaps vs Tigres UANL fuboTV, Galavision, Facebook Live

EPL

11:45am Arsenal vs West Ham United NBC Sports Live

11:45am Hull City vs Middlesbrough NBC Sports Live

11:45am Swansea City vs Tottenham Hotspur NBC Sports Live

11:45am Southampton vs Crystal Palace NBC Sports Live

12:00pm Chelsea vs Manchester City NBCSN, NBC Sports Live

12:00pm Liverpool vs AFC Bournemouth NBC Sports Live

La Liga

10:30am Barcelona vs Sevilla beIN SPORTS

12:30pm Leganés vs Real Madrid beIN SPORTS

German Bundesliga

11:00am Borussia M'gladbach vs Hertha BSC Fox Sports 2, Fox Soccer 2Go

11:00am Mainz 05 vs RB Leipzig Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Soccer 2Go

11:00am Wolfsburg vs Freiburg Fox Soccer 2Go

11:00am Augsburg vs Ingolstadt Fox Soccer 2Go

11:00am Darmstadt 98 vs Bayer Leverkusen Fox Sports 1, Fox Soccer 2Go