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Major Link Soccer: Bruce Arena reflects on second USMNT tenure

In his first public commentary since Trinidad, Bruce doesn’t mince words, or egg analogies

SOCCER: OCT 06 USA v Panama Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Seattle

The Los Hernandez Tamales shop has brought a James Beard award to central Washington.

Joevin Jones is back on the field, or at the very least he will be soon for his new Bundesliga club.

MLSsoccer.com gave Seattle’s SuperDraft picks a C+ in their draft grades column, citing the long term upside of their early picks.

Listen to Stefan Frei’s in-studio appearance on the Flounders B-Team podcast.

MLS

Despite a steady stream of negative sentiment around its overall worthwhile, the MLS SuperDraft likely isn’t going anywhere. Criticism levied at the SuperDraft does have credence however, with RSL Sopabox’s deep dive into draft pick retention showcasing unimpressive results.

Atlanta United’s long transfer saga has finally come to an end, with the signing of Independiente playmaker Eqequiel Barco now official.

New York City FC got a big contribution from Jack Harrison this year, and that has drawn interest from abroad — specifically from Stoke City, who have made a formal bid for the midfielder.

The New York Cosmos have agreed to a transfer fee with San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Eric Calvillo.

PRO has made what is sure to be a uncontroversial promotion, making Howard Webb general manager.

MLS’s transfer model has been passed by time, and its lack of sustainable infrastructure is harming the long-term future of the league.

Forward Soony Saad is expected to move on from Sporting Kansas City, with player and club reported to be exploring mutually beneficial transfer options.

United States

Bruce Arena is not one to mince words, and that trend continued in his reflection on USMNT’s brutal World Cup qualifying failure, citing that the team both “laid an egg” and had “bad eggs”.

U.S. center back Cameron Carter-Vickers was recalled to Tottenham earlier this week, but is now heading back out on loan to Ipswich.

All of the candidates for US Soccer President spoke about their platforms at the United Soccer Coaches convention.

USL side Swope Park Rangers have found a new home in the Shawnee South District of Kansas City. There’s no word yet on if they’ll change their name to Shawnee South Rangers.

Sunil Gulati has expressed concern that the current political climate could derail the joint 2026 World Cup bid. He also had some concerns around hot-button issues the future USSF president will have to face, calling pay-to-play youth leagues and promotion/relegation ideas “nonsensical”.

NWSL Players Association President Yael Averburch spoke with FourFourTwo on the need for better communication between players and the league.

USMNT midfielder Emerson Hyndman appears to be heading out on loan to Sunderland.

US Soccer Presidential candidate Michael Winograd is seen as an outsider, but that perception makes for intriguing presidential platform.

Howard University has been highly prestigious in a lot of industries and academic subjects, but few know of their decorated history in Division I soccer.

The World

The Liverpool Offside believes that it is up to the fans to fill the accountability vacuum the club has not always had with their players.

It’s been more than seven years, but the voting scandal surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids continues to burn.

Authorities have confirmed that an Atletico Madrid fan is in serious condition after being stabbed before Wednesday’s Copa del Rey match.

The Bundesliga has a competition problem, and its worth examining if implementing a playoff system could help curb Bayern Munich’s dominance.

Once an incredible player, forever a soccer maestro: Ronaldinho formally retires from professional soccer.

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