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Major Link Soccer: MLS season kicks off with Jorstian Mordan for the win

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There’s one season in Seattle and it’s Jorstian Mordan SZN.

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The MLS season has started, and Jordan Morris is already basically unplayable. There was also another edition of el Clàsico, Schalke took a firm stand on racism while other Bundesliga took a firm stand on being mean to rich people, and Liverpool finally actually lost a game.

Seattle/Tacoma

Jordan Morris helped deliver a win for the Seattle Sounders as his two goals were enough to overcome the Chicago Fire. Hometown Hero: Jordan Morris delivers clutch performance off the bench to earn three points in 2020 MLS opener | Seattle Sounders FC

The GA Cup qualifying games weren’t exactly great, but things have gone mostly well since starting the DA season. Most recently the U-15s, U-17s and U-19s all won against their respective Timbers academy teams. Academy Snapshot | USSDA season picks up as U-17s qualify for GA Cup Premier Division | Seattle Sounders FC

MLS/USL

In LAFC’s first home game of 2020, a CCL game against Club León on Thursday, The 3252 supporters unveiled a tifo tribute to the Bryants. LAFC supporters unveil Gianna & Kobe Bryant tribute tifo - Angels on Parade

The ISC is now confident that the league is valuing their input. Independent Supporters Council, MLS form meaningful partnership to clarify fan code of conduct – The Athletic ($)

Soldier Field should be at least half full against Atlanta United. Ticket sales top 30,000 for Chicago Fire home opener - Hot Time In Old Town

Amid poor season ticket sales, CEO Mark Pannes says the Whitecaps need to ‘reawaken that passion for the club’ in former fans. Vancouver Whitecaps ticket sales plummet 17%, club hopes to 'reawaken' fanbase | Pro Soccer USA

The club will host a Midnight Match on Saturday, July 11 against Orange County SC which will kick off at 11 p.m. PT and feature promotions, including a Midnight Celebration at halftime. Lights FC Announces ‘Midnight Match’

Major League Soccer held a season kick-off event in New York City earlier this week where FC Dallas Chairman Clark Hunt was on hand as a member of the Board of Governors for the league. Clark Hunt discusses how to build a fan base at FC Dallas - 3rd Degree

Since coming to Chicago, Heitz has hired coach Raphael Wicky, signed three designated players, and rebuilt the team in slightly more than two months. 2020 MLS season: In little time, Georg Heitz put stamp on Chicago Fire - Chicago Sun-Times

Without Josef Martinez, who will Atlanta turn to for goals? Some of Atlanta United’s option should Martinez miss time

A bitter note to an opening night win. Josef Martinez suffers torn ACL against Nashville - Dirty South Soccer

Did you want some xG numbers from all of the games in the first week of the MLS season with absolutely zero context? Boy, does MLS have you covered. Expected Goals - MLS Week 1 | MLSsoccer.com

This one seems like PRO kind of stretching to cover for the call made on the field. Is the call necessarily wrong? I really can’t say, but I do know that it feels bad. PRO explains why the Joe Willis hand ball in Nashville did not warrant a red card | MLSsoccer.com

MLS is apparently backing up their talk of being a selling league by changing their rules to make selling players more appealing for teams. MLS updates roster rules to deliver more incoming transfer money to clubs – The Athletic

Carlos Valderrama is and was a gift from both the soccer and hair gods. May el Pibe live forever. Black History Month: The iconic El Pibe - Stars and Stripes FC

Carlos Vela has an utter disrespect for American goalkeepers that I find inspiring. Did he have the goal of the week, though? Vote for AT&T Goal of the Week — Week 1 | MLSsoccer.com

A red card in the third minute of the season opener is definitely not what you want. NYCFC's Maxime Chanot shown fastest-ever red card to start an MLS season | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL

A common theme tying the new NWSL commissioner’s plethora of tasks together is the league’s need for specific, visionary leadership as it begins its eighth season in April. Among Lisa Baird’s crucial tasks is uniting diverse group of NWSL owners – Equalizer Soccer ($)

This year, Local 134 will be implementing an “I’ll Go With You” community ally program specifically for the comfort and safety of trans or genderqueer members of our community who may be uncomfortable in gendered spaces, particularly gendered multi-stall bathrooms. "I'll Go With You" | Chicago Local 134

While the Chicago Red Stars have been chief beneficiaries of her talents in recent years, Yuki Nagasato enjoys popularity in the women’s game that seems to transcend any team allegiances. Yuki Nagasato interview: Rhythm meets life at the serendipity cookout for world champion Red Star – Beats & Rhymes FC

Although she hasn’t officially started her new job, Lisa Baird is saying the right things, at least about the ones she can talk about. New NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird off to promising start - All For XI

World

FIFA have set out a roadmap to restrict clubs to no more than three loans in and three loans out by 2022-23. FIFA Confirms New Loan Restrictions Beginning in July | beIN Sports

One of the world’s most talented young players tells Simon Kuper about his first season in Spain and what makes Messi special. Meet Frenkie de Jong, the footballer playing like no one else | Financial Times

Infantino has acknowledged that it’s wrong that there are no women involved at the annual FIFA laws of football meeting. Whether he’ll do anything about it is a separate matter. Infantino says 'wrong' only men deciding laws of soccer

Arsenal are bad now. That’s not going to change any time soon unless every other team in the Premier League gets cursed or something, so we’ve all just got to get used to it. Arsenal must confront their new, very painful, reality – The Athletic

Liverpool lost, in fact they managed to get smoked by Watford, of all people. They’re still good players, though. Liverpool Are No Longer Perfect - But They Are Still Perfect - The Liverpool Offside

Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid’s team came out on top against Barca, and in doing so topped the La Liga table. Three answers and three questions from Real Madrid’s Clásico victory - Managing Madrid

Quique Setién didn’t exactly have a great week. Quique Setién’s first giant week as Barcelona manager was just a little too big for him - Barca Blaugranes

Schalke are taking a firm stance against racism in the sport, and have announced that they’ll be leaving the pitch in the event of racism at their games. No scope for tolerance of hate, violence and defamation - football - Schalke 04

I think a lot of “against modern football” stuff is played-out and kind of corny and disingenuous, but protesting a super rich owner is great, and suspending a game for banners that are mean to a rich guy without being racist or otherwise actually offensive sucks. European roundup: Union Berlin game suspended after further fan protests | Football | The Guardian

What’s on TV today?

11:45 AM - Sampdoria vs. Hellas Verona (Serie A) - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Portsmouth vs. Arsenal (FA Cup) - ESPN+

11:45 AM - Middlesbrough vs. Nottingham Forest (English Championship) - ESPN+