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Major Links Soccer: Mohamed Salah is on the cusp of big things

Also: Nick Hinds gets well deserved recognition on S2

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Seattle

It has been a tough couple weeks for the Sounders and whatever the reasons — from injuries to fixture congestion — the fact is that they are 0-2 and this week they have suffered a major drop off in the MLS Power Rankings. MLS Power Rankings: Seattle Sounders take big tumble in Week 3 | MLSsoccer.com

One bright spot: Cristian Roldan has been recognized as one of the most underrated players in MLS. Roldan named one of MLS’ Most Underrated Players in poll | Seattle Sounders FC

Nick Hinds's goal in S2’s opening match against Portland’s T2 is up for USL Goal of the week. Go and vote! Fans' Choice: SELECT Goal of the Week - Week 1

Hinds also made the USL Team of the Week. In addition to his goal he won two tackles and five of eight duels in the midfield. Belmar Named USL Player of the Week

Just in time for the Sounders match against Montreal and the Mariners’ home opener, the West Seattle Water taxi between Seacrest Dock in West Seattle and Pier 52 (while Colman dock is being renovated) downtown will be shifting to its spring/summer schedule on March 29th. The schedule features sailings every day with evening sailings on Fridays, Saturdays, and during Seattle Mariners, Sounders, and Seahawks night home games. West Seattle Water Taxi starts spring/summer schedule March 29 | King County

MLS

Fans are unhappy that the Sounders were knocked out of CONCACAF Champions League and lost their first two MLS matches. But you know who else is 0-2 in MLS? The current MLS trophy holders, Toronto FC. Defending champs Toronto FC in rare company after winless MLS start | MLSsoccer.com

Are there fewer domestic players in MLS and how does the percentage of domestic players stack up against other leagues around the world? How MLS compares to other leagues in playing domestic talent | Pro Soccer USA

Since first partnering with MLS for the first time in 2014, Heineken has sponsored 11 teams, 40 Rivalry Week matches and more. Now they have extended that partnership. Heineken extends partnership with MLS for five years | MLSsoccer.com

USA

Yeah, I guess we are still going to talk about the failure of the USMNT to qualify for the World Cup. Here is another take on what went wrong. What happened? An inquest into America's most embarrassing flop

The talk about the most talented young Americans playing abroad seems to always focus on the big name European leagues. Stars and Stripes FC breaks down some other quality leagues that might provide solid developmental opportunities. Which leagues should more Americans consider for their playing career? | Stars and Stripes FC

According to the Washington Post’s Steven Goff, U.S. Soccer plans on keeping current interim manager Dave Sarachan under contract through the end of June. Looks like there won’t be a new USMNT for the next few months. Report: Dave Sarachan to remain USMNT interim manager through at least June | Stars and Stripes FC

World

Mohamed Salah is closing in on a lofty Premier League record this season at Liverpool: with seven league matches still to play, he is four goals from breaking Ronaldo’s record of 31 goals scored in a 38-game Premier League season. Mohamed Salah is outscoring Lionel Messi and is on course to re-write the Premier League record books

Britain’s government has raised the possibility that it might consider seizing the assets of wealthy Russians, but Russian ownership and sponsorship of English football teams is bound to complicate that effort. Memo to Theresa May: In Premier League, Russian Roots Run Deep | NY Times

Belgian soccer’s top flight, Pro League is teaming up with La Liga in an effort to cut off illegal streaming of matches. Pro League teams up with La Liga to fight illegal match-streaming | SportsPro Media

Atlético’s loss at Villarreal means Barcelona are virtually assured to win La Liga. Game over in La Liga: Atlético's title hopes fade in league that stands still | Sid Lowe | Football | The Guardian

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