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Major Link Soccer: Sounders moving up power rankings

Also: More love for ‘Pinoe; Meram back in Columbus; Azira is back in USL

Nico celebrating MLS Watercolorist

It’s been a while, so here’s a reminder about what Major Link Soccer is. It’s our open thread to discuss anything related to the themes of Sounder at Heart (Sounders, Reign, Puget Sound area soccer, USNTs, soccer in general, some cultural stuff), that doesn’t have its own story on the site. It is also a set of links to stories we, the staff of Sounder at Heart and Ride of the Valkyries, think you should read. That’s it. It’s simple

Seattle (Sounders, Reign, sometimes college soccer in the area)

Artistic license: How Megan Rapinoe was set free – Equalizer Soccer

The Art on the Artist: Stefan Frei discusses the significance of his tattoos | Seattle Sounders FC

Fine-tuning new formation looms as key step for Sounders |

Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez, Ray Serrano head to Costa Rica for U.S. U-17 MNT camp | Seattle Sounders FC
More plaudits for the S2 players.

Cash: Love for Rapinoe and Bird is amazing
Swin Cash shares her thoughts on Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe posing for the cover of ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue, along with how basketball helped her fulfill her dreams.

Hear Us North America shirt design
Again available in multiple styles starting at $19.99 plus shipping and handling

It’s the culture (not soccer stuff that some readers may enjoy)

Games Workshop annual report sees profits nearly double - BBC News
The fantasy figure maker, which has nearly 500 stores worldwide, says its business is in "great shape".

This Avengers coding kit lets kids build their own superpowers like Shuri - The Verge
LittleBits’ Avengers Hero Inventor Kit teaches kids how to code their own superpowers. Made in collaboration with Marvel, kids can learn from Black Widow, Ant-Man, and Iron Man.

Good Job, Portland: Only One E-Scooter Has Been Thrown in the Willamette River So Far - Willamette Week


Justin Meram returns to Columbus Crew SC in trade with Orlando City - Massive Report
The winger is back with the Black & Gold after about six months in Florida.

Orlando City Announces Hiring of Assistant Coach Sean McAuley - The Mane Land
Lions add the former Portland Timbers assistant coach to James O’Connor’s technical staff.

Sign a Six or Bust: What will happen if MNUFC doesn’t add one? - E Pluribus Loonum
It boils down to whether or not this season matters.

D.C. United ownership: MLS board of governors approves changes - The Washington Post
Jason Levien will remain the face of ownership, and he'll welcome several of his partners from Welsh squad Swansea City.

Will Europe Start Buying Major League Soccer’s Stars? - The New York Times
According to FIFA, the top six soccer associations by net transfer spending in 2017 were England, Germany, China, France, Italy and the United States. Five of those make perfect sense.

MLS Power Rankings: Atlanta stays top, moves for the Galaxy and Sounders | US Soccer Players
The August 2018 MLS Power Rankings have Atlanta holding onto the top spot and upwards moves for the Galaxy and the Sounders while Toronto and Chicago slide.

MLS Power Ranking Averages - Week 22 - RSL Soapbox
Are the Sounders finally making their move?

New Loons designated player Rodriguez likely to make debut Saturday -
The Loons secured an international spot for him in a Wednesday trade with the Colorado Rapids.

Atlanta sets MLS All-Star Game attendance record - Dirty South Soccer
Mercedes-Benz Stadium breaks lot of records

D.C. United ownership: MLS board of governors approves changes - The Washington Post
Jason Levien will remain the face of ownership, and he'll welcome several of his partners from Welsh squad Swansea City.

Orlando to host 2019 MLS All-Star Game | Pro Soccer USA
The 2019 MLS All-Star game will be hosted at Orlando City Stadium, fulfilling league commissioner Don Garber's pledge to bring the match to Orlando.


July Player of the Month: Lindsey Horan
The Thorns midfielder scored three goals in July

USL/NASL/CPL (the other pro leagues in US/Canada)

Whitecaps set to launch new development team to fill void left by closing down WFC2 – AFTN

Switchbacks Add Azira on Loan from Rapids

US soccer (national team stuff)

Israel hire former USMNT assistant Andreas Herzog as head coach

USA 4, Brazil 1 at Tournament of Nations - Stars and Stripes FC
No serious injuries (hopefully), Rose Lavelle looks healthy, , and an overall tournament win. Not bad.

World soccer (other pro leagues and national team stuff that isn’t US)

Barcelona want to help football grow in the United States - Josep Maria Bartomeu
Barca already have a base in New York, partnerships with universities and a number of academies in North America.

Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of the Mourinh-O-Tron™ 3000! - The Busby Babe
The troubleshooting guide for your malfunctioning manager.

What is the future of the International Champions Cup?
The International Champions Cup (ICC) has become strangely polarizing. Some see tournament. Others see cash-grab. What's the truth, and what can it become?

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