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Major Link Soccer: Weston McKennie open to leaving Schalke

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The American CM is open to leaving the Gelsenkirchen side potentially to Hertha Berlin

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The MLS bubble is seemingly bursting while the NWSL is providing great soccer. Chelsea’s newest sponsor is blamed for the loss, jokingly maybe, and Karim Benzema might be sued for involvement in a sex tape scandal.

Seattle

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MLS

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NWSL

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USA

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World

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