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Major Link Soccer: Why does Eden Hazard own a NASL side

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Hazard is part of a larger trend of foreign stars buying lower division US clubs.

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MLS

The All-Star game is coming up tonight, so let’s count down the top 30 MLS players. Three Sounders made the list and I can’t really argue but...I want more.

The match will be all stars, but not the league’s best - at least the best this season, like Joevin Jones.

MLS will be expanding and the sooner they announce the better for all us, but until then all we can do is rank the candidates and decide who really deserves a team.

Bastian Schweinsteiger has showed his calmness and skill on the field in Chicago, and the German star is settling in off the field as well in his new home.

Michael Bradley could join his dad in sunny California when he takes over LAFC, but he apparently isn’t looking to make the move. In one year though, who knows what will happen.

USA

You’d be forgiven for not knowing who owns Phoenix Rising FC or the future San Diego NASL side, but it’s why foreign stars are buying up lower division sides in the US that is interesting. (San Diego is owned by a group players and former players headlined by Eden Hazard.)

At the USL meetings the issue dividing the league is independence, and not from the league but from MLS. The independent sides are growing frustrated with the MLS 2 sides they play against.

After being called an old vacuum cleaner, Frank Freddy Adu will not being signing with Polish club Sandecja Nowy Sącz.

Not soccer, but the Chicago Cubs gave Steve Bartman a World Series ring. They’ve won and moved on from that 2003 incident, but the anger is still there, apparently. What do you think? Should Cubs fans let it go now?

Another US youth international is moving to Europe, with Juan Pablo Torres signing in Belgium with Sporting Lokeren.

World

Diego Costa wants to return to Atletico Madrid, but with the Spanish side unable to register him until January, he needs somewhere to play. Chelsea is looking into loan options, including Milan.

All but two Premier League sides have made a purchase this offseason with total spent anywhere from just over $6m to almost $300m.

Neymar landed in Barcelona, but no one is really sure for how long he’ll be in town before going to Brazil, or UAE, or Paris, or... somewhere else, who knows.