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The Blue Links: 10/3/13

The best links from Kansas City and around the soccer world.

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I'm not typically into the "Throwback Thursday" fad but I did want to share with you an old Daily Wiz article from January 2011. It puts Sporting KC players with characters from the movie Major League, which is very entertaining. It's crazy to think how different the rosters are from then.

Sporting KC's youngest signing Erik Palmer-Brown has been named to the United States U-18 roster for a tournament in Europe against Poland, Czech Republic and France.

The 2014 US Open Cup tournament could feature some matches on the weekends instead of exclusively weekdays. It would be difficult to work around the MLS schedule but it's interesting nonetheless.

Here's a nice write-up about the history of the US Open Cup and the great underdog story of DC United winning.

More troubles in Brazil as work on Curitiba stadium has been halted due to a safety risk.

Speaking of World Cup troubles, the total of Nepalese workers building the stadiums in Qatar who have died on site is up to 70. FIFA is meeting to debate having Qatar as host.

Pro Soccer Talk talks about recent managers and players complaining about the quality of the refs when in fact the refs were correct. Peter Vermes is mentioned and used as an example. looks at the increasing number of dual-national players and how US Soccer and Jurgen Kilnsmann are convincing them to play for the United States.