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Major Link Soccer: Chivas manager’s seat heats up

The Sounders come into the second CCL leg against a reeling Chivas side with a manager to match. Plus, a look at all of the MLS week action.

Chivas v Cibao - CONCACAF Champions League Photo by Refugio Ruiz/Getty Images

Seattle

It’s no secret that the Sounders core is getting older, and we should expect Brian Schmetzer to address their age with tactical innovation.

If the constant “throwing fish” cutaways in NFL broadcasts irk you, maybe don’t look into this study that notes 72 percent of Europeans think the Seattle Seagulls are an NFL team.

The Sounders head to Guadalajara for the second CCL leg, to face a manager increasingly on the hot seat.

If you’re looking for more ways to stay up to date with the Sounders, the first episode of 107.7 The End’s Full 90 Extra Time podcast is now live.

Former Sounder Cordell Cato has found a new soccer home, joining the Charlotte Independence in the USL.

MLS

New York City FC brought the LA Galaxy back to earth with a 2-1 victory in their home opener.

Atlanta United were able to, at least briefly, exorcise their D.C. United demons with a 3-1 thrashing at Mercedes Benz Stadium. Over 70,000 fans and one dirty south Rapper approved:

The Red Bulls played their kids on Saturday and got quite the return on investment, running the Portland Timbers off the field 4-0.

Ethan Finlay gaveth and tooketh away in Minnesota United’s 2-1 victory over Orlando City.

Los Angeles FC are officially off to a hot start in MLS, with a 5-1 Rio Tinto victory versus Real Salt Lake. The victory included a very controversial goal from Latif Blessing, but RSL Soapbox shows evidence that he was onside, and his goal valid.

In what’s become an unfortunate recurrence, Mike Petke delivered another apology to Real Salt Lake fans after the ‘embarrassing’ defeat against LAFC.

The Vancouver Whitecaps have long struggled away from home, while the Dynamo have built BBVA Compass Stadium into a fortress. As everyone of course predicted, the Whitecaps pulled out a victory at Houston for the first time ever.

In easily the best game of the week, Sporting Kansas City surrendered three straight goals only to pull out a victory in Chicago, 4-3.

The New England Revolution were the winners of a frantic second half against Colorado, via a deflected, last minute winner.

Gyasia Zardes is living his best life and scoring goals again, to the benefit of his new club Columbus Crew, who stay unbeaten after defeating Montreal Impact - Massive Report.

Twitter has inked a three-year content deal with MLS, streaming at least 24 live matches this season. On top of that, several teams including the Chicago Fire have announced a streaming broadcast deal with ESPN’s ESPN+ platform.

World

Barcelona are requesting a significant change to one of Spanish football’s oldest traditions: making the Copa del Rey a one-game, instant knockout format.

The owner of Greek team PAOK appears to be carrying a gun while disputing a controversial, disallowed goal.

Fiorentina saluted the late Davide Astori by releasing thousands of balloons before their match against Benevento.

The longstanding soccer myth of “first five, last five” has finally been put to a statistical test.

Petr Cech became the first ever Premier League keeper to have 200 career clean sheets:

West Ham fans ran on the field to protest after a 3-0 loss to Burnley, making an ugly afternoon even uglier.

Mark Hamill swore allegiance to Wolves in their match versus Aston Villa, and 7500 To Holte did not take it well.

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