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Major Link Soccer: FIFA News Dump Edition

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In a continuing trend, more investigations into World Cup bids have begun amid continued higher-up resignations.

FIFA World Cup 2018 & 2022 Host Countries Announced

Seattle

The common thought is that Seattle will use their targeted allocation money to pay down Ozzie’s salary for another DP player, which Matt Doyle believes will go towards a scoring winger in July.

Laura Harvey is the lone female coach in the NWSL, which brings up a worthy discussion: why are female coaches still a rarity in women’s soccer?

Looking back on The Bent Musket’s storylines leading up to last week’s game, the Revs attack did click away from home, but not enough to overcome the Sounders blitz.

MLS

Former Minnesota United NASL player Jeb Brovsky is slated to join the MLS club on trial, with a fully recovered ACL and an opportunity to impress manager Adrian Heath.

Following a traditional transfer rumor narrative, Chicharito’s agent announced that no MLS offer has been made for his client - at least, not yet.

Bologna midfielder Blerim Dzemaili is coming to the Montreal Impact via transfer, as confirmed by Bologna’s director.

Jozy Altidore caught up with Steve Gennaro to discuss the Reds strong 2-0 victory against Houston. Jozy’s form has been a big part of Toronto FC avoiding stagnation, but the team’s continued effort to develop and sign strong role players has helped too.

Orlando City have gotten off to a strong start this season, and, as their promising young core continues to blossom, it could also be the start of something larger.

MLS Player Union executive director Bob Foose publicly explained why the MLS Players Union releases salary information. Coming off this release, Jason Davis put together the best bang for your buck 2017 starting XI.

Harry Shipp had a brief stay in Chicago, highlighted by his hat trick versus the Red Bulls.

David Beckham continues to work on his Miami MLS venture, including adding Todd Boehly to his investment group.

With Providence Park slated to get remodeled by either 2019 or 2020, Stumptown Footy took a look at the stadium’s footprint and what the east side expansions will look like.

The “will they, won’t they” for New England Revolution fans around a new stadium sadly only leaves them with what could’ve been. This comes after UMass officials officially broke off stadium talks with Revolution ownership.

Nick Rimando’s injury has put Real Salt Lake in an even tougher spot than they’ve been in, and that gives backup keeper Matt Van Oekel increasingly large shoes to fill.

United States

The USMNT 2017 warm-up shirt has leaked, and it is star-filled.

US Federation president Sunil Gulati might want to check his Twitter security settings.

Darlington Nagbe, Romell Quito, and Kellyn Acosta all saw their strong form rewarded in the EA Sports FIFA universe.

The S2 Technical Training Program is up on the Seattle Sounders FC website.

The Crew have announced that two of their academy prospects are beginning a 14-month educational program in France, as part of a partnership with the French Football Federation.

We’re not sure where he’ll end up next, but it looks like Aron Johansson’s stay at Werder Bremen is going to conclude this summer.

Omar Gonzalez became the third American to win CONCACAF Champions League, which is a decent MLS moral victory.

Josh Sargent is doing his part to keep the next great American striker hype alive with this amazing goal at the U17 CONCACAF Championship.

The World

Swearing in Women’s sports isn’t taboo, and it’s important we don’t perpetuate that stereotype.

Pachuca sees the Sounders dramatic 3 goal tie and counteroffers you a 44-year-old keeper scoring a stoppage time header for the 2-2 equalizer.

In another round of Sunday FIFA news dumps, high ranking official Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah has resigned following his public denials of fraud.

This comes off the announcement that French prosecutors are looking into the 2018 & 2022 FIFA World Cup bids .

Soccermetrics has introduced their own version of expected goal charts, which focus on making the plots as visually appealing as possible.

Contrary to every sports movie you’ve ever seen, putting the team first is the selfish thing to do.

Fulham looked dead in the water back in February, but a stunning run of results has put them on the brink of playoff glory.

Miguel Herrera’s super-saiyan sensibilities have returned, to the benefit of Club Tijuana and Mexican soccer.