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The Blue Links: October 19

One stop for all your soccer news, updates and hullabaloo.

MLS: Sporting KC at Real Salt Lake Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Sporting Kansas City

MLS Standings
A draw between Seattle and RSL means an SKC win on Sunday puts them in 4th place (if Portland doesn’t beat Vancouver by more than we beat SJ... fricken MLS).

Instant Replay - Benny earned penalty against RSL
It was an absolute stonewall penalty that went uncalled. Had it been called and converted, SKC would already be sitting in 4th place.

Four Teams Backing Into Playoffs
Once again, the boys limp into the post season... hopefully.

Best Dressed Coaches in MLS
Vermes won the first round but is losing right now! Dude is slick, vote for him.

Sporting KC signs 4 Rangers to short-term loans for CCL tonight
Pasher, Granitto, Molano, & Selbol will be available to SKC

Jaylin Lindsey selected to the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program
Good news for an SKC Academy kid!

Rubio tears ACL in practice
Really sucks to see this. I still think he has a lot of potential and would have been great to see him come in fresh after a full off season in KC.

Swope Park Rangers

ICYMI - Ualefi ALSO suffered ACL injury
Big blow for the Rangers, and the young player. He has a future with first team.

Amer Didic named to the 2016 USL All-League First Team
Perhaps biggest reason for SPR’s turnaround this year

Dos Santos and Didic nominated for Coach and Defender of the Year
I think we will see both of these Rangers win the awards

Everything Else

St. Louis has SECOND MLS group unveil $150 million stadium
Means two groups will have proposals for STL at the same time for the MLS to see. Have to think this bumps our neighbors up the list for expansion candidates.

How to watch the madness that will indeed be Decision Day on Sunday
The number of possible outcomes for all the games this weekend is astounding. This league has it’s issues compared to others around the world, but the final weeks of the season are really something special... or something.

Drogba situation is apparently resolved
He refused to be in the lineup after being told he wouldn’t start. But the club says the player is happy and will do whatever he is asked to help the team.

Roma interested in move for USMNT’s Timmy Chandler
Timmy has had a great season for Eintracht Frankfurt and the Italian giant is looking to make a move for him in January.