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Major Link Soccer: Crystal Palace sacks Frank de Boer

The Dutch manager is out after four league matches.

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Burnley v Crystal Palace - Premier League Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Seattle

CenturyLink Field got a major facelift that you probably didn’t notice, the Seahawks upgraded the video boards and control room to provide the best fan experience possible. The Sounders should get some benefit of that.

MLS

Soccer clubs prefer soft turf due to its predictability and that it slows the ball down more akin to traditional grass but NFL sides like hard turf that is easier to run and get speed on. After losing their home opener, the turf that the New England Patriots put in back in May was ruled too soft and will be replaced immediately.

Only Toronto FC has clinched their playoff spot but a handful of other teams should be considered definite locks, like Seattle. Who might join them in the Western Conference playoffs is a still up in the air.

USA

US Soccer has never been the best designed pyramid but it was at least a functioning one but now it appears that structure is falling apart.

You might have been at the game on Sunday and missed Alexi Lalas’ halftime rant about the USMNT but it really struck a chord with fans even though it was pretty much just angry tweets vocalized.

National team stock goes up and down and here is who is up/down for the USMNT and Canadian national teams. It doesn’t include Cristian Roldan as best player ever, so it might not be the most accurate.

World

Chelsea and Alvaro Morata swiftly condemned an anti-semitic chant from supporters which may lead to bans for the Chelsea fans behind it.

Crystal Palace has started their year with four losses and no goals so they did what every English club would do, fired their manager. They are hoping for a former English National Team manager to come in and save the day. What does the de Boer firing say about Palace’s front office?

Argentina isn’t known as the nicest place for opposing fans and with a CONEMBOL World Cup Qualifier coming up at Boca Juniors stadium, Peru wants the match moved. The teams are tied on points and with the history of the stadium including irritants similar to tear gas sprayed by home fans, it’s understandable why.

England is already worried about the World Cup and no it isn’t because the English are afraid of losing in the group stages, it’s because of hacking. The Football Association is concerned with players and coaches having their electronics hacked while in Russia.

Sports and politics aren’t supposed to mix but when the major cable rights holder is owned by the Qatari government, they mix often. beIn is facing problems as the boycott of Qatar started by the Saudi Arabian government is hurting their business for sports broadcasting.

CONCACAF is pretty much guaranteed to get the 2026 World Cup, so focus turns to the 2030 and who hosts there. Argentina and Uruguay were looking to big together but Paraguay has slide into their DMs (or something like that) and are joining the bid.

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