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Major Link Soccer: The Roldanissance

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Like Matthew McConaughey before him, Cristian Roldan’s star only continues to rise. Is a luxury car commercial next?

MLS: San Jose Earthquakes at Seattle Sounders FC Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle:

Looking at the Sounders through the plus minus lens gleans a lot of insights, reiterating Jordan Morris’ tough start to the season, as well as Nouhou’s continued full sprint into our collective hearts.

Beyond the numbers, it’s hard not to fall in love with Cristian Roldan all over again. With his star still ascending, high praise should be no surprise - but this anecdote from Zach Scott on the broadcast is worth doing cartwheels for:

MLS:

This week of MLS was fraught with drama, particularly in the West as the table tightens. Following a game full of questionable officiating decisions, Mike Petke let loose in a wide ranging press conference which, if you believe Once A Metro, signified Mike Petke at the height of his powers. As a counterpoint, Peter Vermes of course thought their match versus RSL was well-refereed.

As MLS clubs’ fates become clearer with each week, so to comes the rifts generated by high cost assets failing to produce high cost results. This week we saw two examples of this, with Kei Kamara openly wondering if he is an asset to the Revolution in his current form, and Vancouver Whitecaps broadcasts openly debating whether Fredy Montero has been a worthwhile investment for the side:

United States:

The United States will have a surprising challenger for the Gold Cup in this year’s final, with Jamaica playing spoiler to Mexico’s anticipated title challenge. An embodiment of Mexican fan sentiment can be found below:

Amidst a globe-trotting year, Carli Lloyd has still been a fixture on the U.S. women's soccer team, with her latest exploits taking her to an international tournament based on the west coast.

The white-hot San Francisco market has become increasingly interested in building a compelling professional soccer product - and one tech company founder is hoping to bring that vision to the USL in 2019.