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Major Link Soccer: Carlos Cordeiro elected U.S. Soccer President

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The current USSF Vice President will take on the executive role, and must now pivot away from being seen as an “inside hire.”

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Seattle

Andy Rose is hoping to channel his US Open Cup experience as a Sounder into a victory for his new side Motherwell’s Scottish Cup campaign.

Take a few seconds out of your day to watch Deandre Yedlin decleat Alexis Sanchez with a nifty turn.

MLS

In a test of altitude and aptitude, Toronto FC fell a bit short in a friendly against Club America, that did feature an absolutely silly Sebastian Giovinco free kick.

Many want to buy into the hype around David Beckham’s Miami MLS side and its future, including Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter, who lists the currently non-existent teams prospects as brighter than the very much existing baseball team he partially owns.

Sigi Schmid’s LA Galaxy side have found their new captain in perpetual heel Ashley Cole.

Former Sounder and MLS journeyman Jalil Alibaba has a found a new home in the Eastern Conference, signing with the New England Revolution.

The San Jose Earthquakes have unveiled a new Navy Seal Foundation jersey.

Manchester City’s star player Kevin De Bruyne has revealed his plans following his contract’s end in 2023: moving on to MLS.

Brad Friedel is making the most of the clean slate he has with the New England Revolution, taking steps to change the club’s culture both on the field and in the team facilities.

Phoenix Rising have added a big name investor to their portfolio in an effort to further bolster their MLS expansion bid.

Los Angeles FC Coach Bob Bradley played down speculation that linked the club to forward Darwin Quintero, instead insisting the teams focus is on the midfield.

The Canadian Premier League is set to debut in 2019, with the expectation of bringing a positive impact to the country’s soccer scene.

United States

After overcoming a brain injury and other adversities, Briana Scurry has finally entered the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

After a long campaigning period at one of the most crucial junctures in US Soccer history, the US Soccer Federation elected its next president: current Vice President Carlos Cordeiro. Cordeiro won the presidency with 68 percent of the vote, including securing the 20 percent of the votes the US Soccer Athlete Council holds, which he himself cited as a proof point that he was not an “insider candidate.” Similar to these assertions, Brian Straus also notes that his campaign platform focused on leveraging his experience under Gulati to forge a different path for US Soccer.

While the newly elected President will try to pivot away from this assertion, for many the election does not signify the start of the widespread changes many have called for. This group includes Hope Solo, who described his Athletes Council support as being due to the council ”cracking under pressure.” She further elaborated in her US Soccer election speech. Suffice to say while the campaign is over, several questions remain for US Soccer and its future.

Geoff Cameron made his own thoughts on the future of US Soccer clear in a WPlayers Tribune byline that is heavily critical of how the federation has perceived youth players developing in America.

Amidst the turmoil of a federation election, one familiar sight returned for US fans: Landon Donovan coming out of retirement, this time making his debut for León in Liga MX.

Soc Takes has updated their latest installment in the 50/50 Project, which hopes to determine the best untapped professional soccer markets in each state.

Orlando City defender Jonathan Spector was absent from Saturday’s election, but defended this by highlighting his active presence throughout the entire election process.

The newly minted, aptly named Las Vegas Lights FC lit up their USL debut with a sellout crowd.

Nashville Soccer Club will be holding their USL home opener at Nissan Stadium in late March.

NBC is running their own marathon in the Winter Olympics broadcast, spanning 5 networks and 127 miles of cable.

The World:

Manchester United have all the talent they need, but a lack of intimidation gives sides like Newcastle all the ammunition they need.

Feast your eyes on the Wakanda 2018 World Cup kit.

Jon Moss’ recent controversies serve as another testament to the need for soccer officials to become anonymous again.

Ossett Town FC and Osset Albion FC have decided to merge into one Town and Albion Football Club.

Harry Kane has created a newly minted “Kane brace”: a derby-winning goal and a Twitter posterization of Piers Morgan.

The latest North London Derby smashed the record for Premier League single-match attendance.