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Major Link Soccer: David Villa is in, but Giovinco isn’t

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Also, Arsenal’s nightmare season continues, and there’s always money in the MLS stand

Seattle

If there is one thing that should be repeated no matter how many times it has been said in the past, it is Cristian Roldan’s greatness.

Roldan wasn’t always a Sounders starter; at one point he was a kid, too. You might have heard he did an Adidas commercial in his younger days; as he heads to USMNT camp, he’s talking about it.

MLS

Former Houston Dynamo midfielder Stu Holden is rallying the national soccer community after Hurricane Harvey. Other US soccer legends are pairing with Holden to raise money to help the rebuild after Harvey.

David Villa hasn’t spent time with the Spanish National Team for over three years, but the NYCFC striker is heading back to the side as they play Italy and Lichtenstein.

Meanwhile, Sebastian Giovinco is being ignored by Italy, presumably because he plays in MLS. With a player that good, who cares where he plays?

LA Galaxy might not make the playoffs, but they plan to go down swinging. By swinging, I mean hiring Dominic Kinnear and ostensibly just planning on hacking opponents down (no word on their efforts to re-sign Nigel de Jong).

It may look like MLS is losing money, but its owners are making a lot more than you think - and it all comes from SUM.

World

After yesterday being all about Arsenal, here’s a note about Manchester United and are they actually good? Or are they just winning games right now?

Remember yesterday when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was heading to Chelsea? Well, think again. The winger apparently is holding out on the Blues to go to Liverpool.

Alexis Sanchez also wants out, and it appears the majority of the Arsenal squad would like him to leave too. This comes after the club rejected a massive deal from Manchester City as the window starts to close.

Replacing Neymar isn’t an easy task, but Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti thinks Ousmane Dembele can do it without a problem. I don’t think that’s 100% true, but Dembele did look great at Dortmund.

What are everyone’s Premier League sides’ needs as the window shuts? Hint: multiple teams should target the want-away CB from Southampton, Virgil van Dijk.