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Major Link Soccer: Manchester United plan superstardom for Griezmann

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He has a €100 million release clause though.

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Seattle

The Sounders Academy is pleased with lessons learned from Generation adidas Cup experience as two academy players earned honors in England is last year’s Youdan Cup. Striker Azriel Gonzalez won the Golden Boot while midfielder Danny Robles took home Player of the Tournament honors.

Don’t forget that the Sounders and Toronto FC match kickoff time has been changed to 12:00 PM from 1:00 pm. You don’t want to miss the rematch of the 2016 MLS Cup Final.

Sometimes the good intentions of the past leave troubling legacies generations later. That’s the idea behind a new exhibit at Renton’s History Museum, and informs us of how a Duwamish Student Became the Mascot for Renton High School.

MLS

The New England Revolution were "gutted" by the draw in Seattle, but take heart in Juan Agudelo's star turn. The 24-year-old scored two of the Revs three goals, and was the star of the game.

FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers battled for the top spot in the West this weekend and nothing was decided in the end as the two teams ended in a 2-2 draw. There are reports that security tossed some fans out of Toyota Stadium on Saturday. One of the fans was tossed for swearing during a chant and was then handed a 30 day Criminal Trespassing ticket. There have been multiple reports of this happening to man other supporters.

Is Orlando City the best team in MLS? That is one of the many things that ExtraTime Radio discusses. The also talk about the Sounders thrilling comeback, Dax McCarty’s return to New York and more.

United States

The Unites States men’s national team is set to host Ghana in East Hartford in a pre-Gold Cup friendly. This will be the first time the two have faced off since the 2014 World Cup. The United Stats is 3-1-1 all-time in Connecticut. The game will be their final one before the US looks to claim another CONCACAF Gold Cup trophy.

With the US taking on Ghana, US Soccer looked at the US’s memorable past against Ghana. The Black Stars have knocked the US out of two of the last three World Cups.

The US U17 team defeated El Salvador 1-0 to finish undefeated in group play at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. They became only one of the two teams to collect the full nine points in group play, and will take on Group D winner Honduras on Wednesday, May 3.

Former Sounders forward Andy Craven received a straight red after delivering an elbow to Bethlehem Steel FC player Gilian Wijnaldum. Not sure what Craven was thinking on that one.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies are one of the myriad teams jockeying to become the newest MLS expansion team, but Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times isn’t sold on it happening. He finds it hard to imagine 18,000 people showing up once a week in the heat of the summer to watch MLS.

World

Antoine Griezmann is one of the more sought after players in Europe, and Manchester United hope global superstardom can tempt him to make a move. Reports have surfaced that he has a €100 million release clause.

FIFA has lifted their ban on Mali ahead of the AFCON U-17 tournament that will take place in Gabon from May 14-28. They will now be able to try and defend their title.

Sulley Muntari of Pescara walked out of his Serie A match this past weekend after being yellow carded for reporting racial abuse. The Ghanaian midfielder was taunted with racist insults from the Cagliari fans during his team’s 1-0 defeat. He was issued the card by the referee for dissent during stoppage time.

Liverpool’s Emre Can scored a goal off of a spectacular bicycle kick in stoppage time. It was a thing of beauty. Watford’s goalkeeper didn’t have a chance to stop that one.

The NWSL announced a deal with go90 just a few days before their historic fifth season. However, the go90 deal could be hurting the League. Several times over the first three weeks of the season, viewers have been interrupted with a screen that says ”Please wait while the commercial break ends”. That’s not a good thing for the league, as we all know soccer does not have commercial breaks.

It appears that Cetys University is looking to cross the border From Mexico and try to join the NCAA. The university fields varsity-level teams in four sports for men and three sports for women. If they could somehow join, they would become the first Mexican member of the NCAA.