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Major Link Soccer: Dembele’s move signals Dortmund’s Pulisic era

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Also, the Chicago Fire are sliding, and the English FA is facing some harassment controversy

Borussia Dortmund Season Opening 2017/2018 Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images

Seattle

The return of Clint Dempsey’s health and productivity has given the Sounders the best kind of problem to have.

The Washington State Women’s soccer team is hoping a youth moment and an updated stadium will bring on the field results and more fans in the stands.

In case you missed it, it was a rough weekend for Seattle teams in the battle for northwest supremacy. A disappointing result in Saturday’s Reign-Thorns match kicked things off, and late controversy left the Sounders forced to settle for a draw.

MLS

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The Chicago Fire have seen their fast start plateau, then slide into a slump, which MLSSoccer.com partially attributes to a lack of backline depth and a Nikolic scoring drought.

The Pro/Rel in the U.S. crowd has at least one supporter among the MLS community, with Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch expressing support for the system to be introduced in MLS.

While LAFC’s imminent arrival brings a new geographic derby to MLS, that derby should not downplay the already established California Clasico.

The addition of Curt Onalfo as coach and Jermaine Jones as a midfield anchor were supposed to expedite the Galaxy’s post-Arena rebuild - that promise took an unfortunate path to being fulfilled.

The Colorado Rapids have continued their rebuilding efforts, mutually agreeing to part ways with former Young Designated Player Juan Ramirez.

MLS has officially suspended Real Salt Lake player Ricardo Velazco after he was charged with having sex with a minor.

The World

By selling star player Ousmane Dembele, Dortmund has pretty explicitly put all their eggs in Christian Pulisic’s basket.

Two superstars for the Iranian National team are facing a ban from playing for their country after participating in a Europa League match in Israel. Thanks to a massive public outcry however, that ban appears to be on the verge of being lifted.

England Women’s National team player Eni Aluko finds herself in the thick of controversy. It was revealed that the FA sent her a cash settlement to quell her harassment allegations against the England manager.