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Major Link Soccer: Cheick Tiote has passed away

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The Ivory Coast international was just 30-years-old

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Seattle

With their 1-0 loss to the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday, Seattle Reign FC dropped two places in the latest NWSL Power Rankings.

Seattle Sounders midfield Osvaldo Alonso was the only Sounder on MLS’ Team of the Week for week 14.

It should be no surprise, but Cristian Roldan was named number two on MLS’ five players who are officially having breakout years.

MLS

According to MLSSoccer.com, home-field advantage is greater in MLS than in other top leagues, and it’s been growing recently.

Here is MLS’ week 14 tifo roundup.

Minnesota United FC has yet to win a game on the road this season. However, Adrian Heath says that their traveling fans deserved a lot more from Minnesota’s trip to Sporting Kansas City.

Real Salt Lake has had a bad year. How bad? Their last two games saw them lose 5-1 to the Houston Dynamo and 6-2 to FC Dallas. It is so bad that Mike Petke says players 'are going to be fighting like dogs for positions'.

In that 6-2 win for FC Dallas, Jesus Ferreira became the second-youngest player to score in MLS at 16 years and 161 days. The youngest was Freddy Adu at 14 years and 320 days.

Chicago Fire’s Nemanja Nikolic was voted Alcatel MLS Player of the Month for May. He scored five goals in six games for Chicago (two of those in the game against Seattle).

United States

United States U20s head coach Tab Ramos believed that his squad could have won the whole tournament.

The United States and Mexico will face off for the second time during the Hexagonal this coming Sunday. Take a look at why Mexico and the USA at the Estadio Azteca is a can't miss American soccer trip.

Before the take on Mexico and Estadio Azteca. they must first take on Trinidad and Tobago. Centerback John Brooks is questionable for the game with a bruised right quad.

How well do you know the men’s national team’s history against T&T? US Soccer put together some trivia prior to that match. Let’s just say I didn’t know that much; I only scored 40%.

Here’s five (other) things you should know about Trinidad & Tobago ahead of the match on Friday.

An activity called Up Top - organized by the Youth League Drop-In Center in Minneapolis - gives homeless teens a chance to do something in an effort to stay out of trouble.

Mili Hernandez - an eight-year-old girl in Omaha who plays for Azzuri Cachorros girls club team - was disqualified from a soccer game because she 'looks like a boy'.

With her loan now over at Manchester City, Houston Dash midfield Carli Lloyd is not closing any doors on returning to Manchester City in the future.

World

In sad news, Cheick Tiote has died at the age of 30 after collapsing during training for second tier Chinese Club Beijing Enterprises.

With the sudden passing of Tiote, several tributes from the football world have poured in after the shocking death of the former Newcastle United player.

1,500 people were injured in a stampede in Turin, Italy after sounds of explosions in an outdoor plaza panicked people. They were all there to watch Juventus, Turin’s soccer team, in the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid.

Many American players in Europe are facing significant offseasons this Summer.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard will be out three months with broken ankle. He suffered the injury while training with Belgium.

With a new season for the Premier League starting in a little over two months, there will be tons of transfer news. One of them being the possibility of Romelu Lukaku moving to Manchester United and Arsenal having a quiet transfer window.

Fresh off winning the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will be the latest athlete to grace the cover of FIFA 18.

Speaking of Real Madrid, Gareth Bale claims he is “happy” at Real Madrid and has no interest in a Manchester United transfer.

Borussia Dortmund and US international Christian Pulisic is thankful for now-former head coach Thomas Tuchel’s influence. Tuchel and Dortmund parted ways last week.

It sounds like Juventus has found their backup once Gianluigi Buffon decides to retire. Reports are they have announced an agreement to purchase Wojciech Szczesny from Arsenal for around $18 million.

Italy and England booked the last two U-20 World Cup semi-final spots, and will square off on June 8 in the semifinals. They’ll face the winner of Uruguay and Venezuela in the final on June 11.

I love a good underdog story, and do I have one for you over in Spain. Girona has been promoted to La Liga for first time in their 87 year history after earning promotion this past Sunday.

FIFA says it is in regular contact with Qatar over the 2022 World Cup after five Arab states — Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Yemen — have severed ties with the middle eastern country after accusing them of supporting terrorism.