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Major Link Soccer: Neymar scores in PSG debut

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Along with Lukaku’s brace and Lacazette’s opening goal over the weekend, high profile attacking transfers are paying dividends early

Neymar Signs For PSG Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

Seattle

Thanks to a prototypical 1-0 grinding victory versus Sporting KC, the Sounders moved to the top of the Western Conference.

While the climb to the top of the conference table is astounding given how the season started, it should come as no surprise that the Sounders have been able to leverage a scorching hot summer into championship contention.

Sounders inaugural season ticket holders have been able to renew their tickets at a discount for several years, but one member of the Sounder At Heart Community shared their perspective on how that no longer appears to be the case, thanks to a 23% renewal price increase.

The 2017 MLS summer transfer window was one of the more active windows of recent memory, but SoccerAmerica notes that none of the players brought into the league have the potential impact that Nicolas Lodeiro had in his move last season.

MLS

The Sounders time at the top of the west was (at least briefly) cut short, with the Houston Dynamo claiming the top spot after a 3-0 thrashing of the San Jose Earthquakes.

On more positive notes, FC Dallas continued their tough run of home with a brutal 0-0 draw (including a questionable VAR decision) against the Colorado Rapids, and Toronto FC kept up their torrid pace with a schadenfreude-filled 4-1 beatdown of the Portland Timbers.

EA Sports™ unveiled their MLS presentation sizzle reel in the lead up to FIFA 18’s upcoming release:

The video highlights an updated broadcast package, as well as announcing that the StubHub Center will be a playable stadium in this year’s game.

United States

The Baby Boomer and Millennial generations get a lot of credit for building and destroying a variety of things, but The Mane Land argues that Generation X is the key force that has brought American Soccer to what we know it as today.

Detroit’s own semi-pro team Detroit City FC have been semi-pro for quite some time, but their ownership group is hoping to shed that “semi” label this fall.

The World

With the 2026 World Cup bid deadline fast approaching, Morocco is set to throw their bid into the ring along with the United States joint bid with Mexico and Canada.

Brighton & Hove Albion have put English soccer in a bit of a bind in their climb to the Premiership, thanks in part to their co-owner being one of the most famous soccer gamblers, in a country that has since made betting on soccer illegal.

On an opening EPL weekend full of offensive outbursts, none may have been as impressive as Romelu Lukaku’s opening brace for Manchester United, showing the flashy transfer is rising to the challenge made by his flashy manager.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s polarizing brilliance was on complete display in the Supercopa, scored a brilliant goal only to get sent off 2 minutes later.

Everything is coming up Milhouse Neymar: