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Major Link Soccer: Jay Heaps is out in New England

Also, the Danish federation doesn’t want to call their women’s team employees, and

MLS

There are a lot of cool things to read about with MLS, but before you get to those links here’s some news, Jay Heaps is getting fired. Reportedly the Revolution boss is out at Gillette Stadium as the club continues to collapse. The Bent Musket gave their thoughts on the situation.

Not many players score hat-tricks and even fewer players grab hat-tricks in back to back games; Josef Martinez is one of those players.

Toronto FC is probably the best regular season side we’ve seen in MLS history. If they miss the MLS Cup Final, they’ll probably deem it a failure with their level of play. What five sides could prevent them from lifting that trophy? Hint, last year’s spoilers are on here.

Billionaires can make or break the league, Robert Kraft and Arthur Blank are on the opposite ends of the spectrum and with how Atlanta opened up Mercedes-Benz Stadium, you can see the difference.

Atlanta United might be the greatest story in sports this year; not just MLS, but all sports, if Don Garber is to be believed. This is one time I don’t really disagree with the commissioner.

Vancouver is a good team; it’s unclear if they’re really a first place team, but they are definitely a playoff side. Eighty Six Forever broke down the numbers of the current Western Conference leaders.

Do you hate the international break in the middle of the playoffs? Good, so do most people. A proposal may have been on the table to change the dates of the playoffs to not worry about it but small clubs are resisting it. For what it is worth, it’s a bad idea. Not because of what the small clubs think but because a one game series for each round is bad.

USA

We keep hearing about the youth behind the USMNT - Christian Pulisic, DeAndre Yedlin, Bobby Wood, and more - but if you look at the side in totality, it has gotten old.

Speaking of those youths, Christian Pulisic turns 19 and he’s accomplished more than most at his last teenage birthday.

While the USWNT hasn’t been able of late to continue the dominance they’ve grown accustomed too, they did beat up on New Zealand with a 3-1 win.

World

Saskatoon is considering new recreation facilities including an 8,200 seat stadium that could house a Canadian Premier League side.

If you’ve watched Hard Knocks, the back story of a team during the NFL pre-season, and enjoyed it, there’s good news for you. If Netflix and Amazon have their way(s) you will soon have a behind-the-scenes look at Premier League sides.

The Danish Women’s National Team side is still on strike as they negotiate a contract with the national federation. The men’s side offered about £60,000 a year to the women’s side (of their players association pay) but the federation rejected the offer that included that stipulation.

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