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Major Link Soccer: MLS rivalry week is back

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Almost every team has a “rivalry”. match this week; Seattle has two against actual rivals.

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Seattle Sounders FC Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Hopefully you were able to catch some of the solar eclipse, partial or total, but in case you missed it or just want to see more photos, here’s a NYT gathering of photos from across the country.

Seattle

If you think Sounders have the best culture in MLS, you aren’t alone. Minnesota United fans feel the supporters culture is the envy on the league.

MLS

Most sports teams in the US have gotten used to traveling in style, including charter flights. MLS is different, though, and when the CBA comes around the use of charters might lead to in-fighting between owners before players are able to become the opponent.

MLS keeps trying to make rivalries happen and - like fetch - some of them will never happen. This week, though, sees the Sounders face both very real rivals, the California Classico, and many more.

USA

Christian Pulisic is the next US legend (the hype train goes woo woo), but he’s not the only young American over in Europe, and most got some time this past weekend.

Julian Green appears to already be on his way out from Stuttgart, not long after he joined from Bayern Munich.

Language barriers are common in sports, and players are constantly having to find ways around it. During the Little League World Series kids of many countries and languages come together and use Google Translate to talk to each other.

World

Only two players in history of the Premier League have 200 goals, and one of them secured his against his former rival. Wayne Rooney netted the lone Everton goal in their Monday tie against Manchester City.

Andres Iniesta might leave at the end of the season from the club he’s known since he was 18.

Speaking of Barcelona, for what seems like forever they’ve seemed able to bring in anyone they want and, outside of Neymar, keep anyone they want. That may be changing, though, and there’s a growing calls around the world for significant changes at the club (including from a certain recently-departed superstar).

Financial Fair Play is a “great idea”, but seems to not really be working as Kylian Mbappe may join PSG. You may remember them as the club that spent over $260m to sign Neymar.

Speaking of Neymar, he made everyone on Toulouse look foolish.

UEFA Champions League playoffs, the ones to get into the group stage, finish this week with the second legs being played Tuesday and Wednesday. Who has the hardest road to the group stages?