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The Blue Links: 7/22/13

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

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Real Salt Lake boss Jason Kreis was not happy following Sporting's 2-1 win over his side. He calls out the refs and the apparently poor calls that they made and makes for a very entertaining press conference.

A little late on posting this one but Sporting is very happy with it's acquisition of Claudio Bieler. The DP has been what Sporting has expected in 2013.

NBC Sports discusses Chris Wingert's hit on Kei Kamara early in the match Saturday and how it should've been a red card. At the very least it should've been a fifteen yard penalty for a hit against a defenseless receiver.

RSL Soapbox has a great article about the referees that have been assigned to RSL games and how they have, on average, the most inexperienced refs out of any team. I'm not one for complaining about refs but they did this is very good fashion while raising some questions.

Brian Straus looks at how big the MLS can get with the many cities wanting an expansion team into the league. I'm excited for the NYC3 announcement personally.

Sporting News has an interesting look at the day-to-day duties of an MLS referee and follows one of the better refs in the league in Hilario Grajeda. Despite what some fans say, no account of money changing hands was recorded in this article.

14,000+ showed up in Sacramento for a friendly between Norwich City and Dorados de Sinaloa, turning heads at making the city another interesting possibility for an MLS team. Their USL Pro team, Sacramento Republic FC, begins play next year.

Freddy Adu is playing with a new squad, getting his first minutes over the weekend for Brazilian club Bahia. It's safe to say the Union have done just fine without the future of American soccer.