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Major Link Soccer: MLS adds fourth extra-time substitution

We’ll see how strategies change in the playoffs. DeAndre Yedlin returns to the training field. David Beckham makes risotto.

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DeAndre Yedlin is making his steady return from injury. He was spotted on the training field for Newcastle, so fans can hope to see him return for club and country soon.

Forbes follows up its valuation of the Sounders organization by ranking the Sounders fans in a tie with Portland for the best fans in MLS.

Check out the local coverage of the U16s penalties win over Everton to take the Youdan Trophy.

Listen to Dave:

Major League Soccer

MLS has decided to implement a rule allowing a fourth substitution when a playoff match goes into extra time, giving coaches a little more flexibility to bring in fresh legs and also hopefully preventing some players from playing through injury or bad cramping just to finish a 120 minute match.

Jelle Van Damme is forcing a move out of the LA Galaxy to return to Belgium to be with his family and play at Royal Antwerp. LA’s president suggested Van Damme’s unhappiness has affected his play this season.

The Power Ranking Averages are out at RSL Soapbox, and a certain familiar Canadian team is at the top, while a certain familiar team from the Northwest is quickly climbing the chart.

A top Jamaican U17 prospect named Chad Letts has moved from the Philadelphia Union academy to Atlanta United’s. He is originally from the Atlanta area and joined Philly before Atlanta had an MLS team and academy.

United States

US U17 coach John Hackworth has named his squad for an upcoming tournament in Prague. The 22 players begin play on Tuesday.

ESPN 2 will air the upcoming US Open Cup Final for the third year in a row.


Following the deadly vehicle attack in Barcelona, one fan of the team and the city by that name sends a love letter to the city and its people.

David Beckham appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s show The F Word and comported himself surprisingly well in a risotto-off with Ramsay. [Video] Luckily for Becks, they didn’t have time for round two, a secure-stadium-location-off, which Ramsay surely would have won.

If you enjoy all the UEFA Champions League and Europa League action besides the marquee matchups that make it to US TV channels, next year you will be able to pay Turner for the option to stream them on a standalone service.

Soccer is full of international transfer drama, and sometimes clubs refuse to transfer players who clearly want to leave, even for astronomical offers. Why do huge stars sign contracts like these? The Ringer has an interesting history of soccer contracts.

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