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The Blue Links: May 19th, 2016

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It's felt good being in the win column this week after ending the streaks against Orlando! The grass was a bit a greener once I remembered what a Dom Dwyer goal looked like. Food has tasted better since Roger Espinoza embarrassed Brek Shea for 90 minutes! Also I'm pretty sure my hair has been on point so...

Alright, so maybe I'm exaggerating. But only to make a point for the people who went full panic mode the last few weeks. We aren't that terrible. So cheer up.

Onto the links!

Sporting Kansas City is actually only 7 points off the pace

The club record 34 shots led to a really fun 2-1 win over Orlando. SKC is still below the red line in 7th place at 17 points with a record of 5-6-2. Colorado has 24 points at the top of the table.

We are sitting at #11 in the MLS Power Rankings. Colorado in top spot followed by the Galaxy and the Union.

Next up is Real Salt Lake on Saturday at Children's Mercy Park. MLS Matchday 14.

Sporting Cribs with Graham Zusi

The newest segment from SKC digital is a gem. Andy visits Graham Zusi's house for Sporting Cribs:

Old Friends Update

Amobie Okugo has landed with the Portland Timbers. Mike over at DowntheByline has the full comprehensive update on all old friends.

Swope Park Rangers get back on track as well

After three straight losses, SPR got a 2-1 win over Tulsa last week. 9th place in the Western Conference with 10 points and a 3-3-1 record.

Tyler Pasher's brace landed him on the USL Team of the Week.

@typash had the first multi-goal game in club history on Saturday ⚽️⚽️

A video posted by Swope Park Rangers (@swopeparkrangers) on

The House Marc Dos Santos Built

Dos Santos' old squad, The Ottawa Fury has advanced to the Canadian Championship Semifinals for first time ever. Marcel De Jong is now a Fury man and helped get the win.

US Men's National Team News and Updates

Jozy Altidore is injured... again. Jurgen discusses in interview.

Fabian Johnson and Geoff Cameron arrive at USMNT camp with injures.'s American Abroad Best XI 2016

Here are the Top 5 Americans Abroad for the week. Tim Howard at #1.

Kekuta Manneh is now eligible to apply for US Citizenship.

Alejandro Bedoya wants to challenge himself at "higher leveL" in Europe. MLS in the future.

John Brooks' Hertha Berlin coach calls his Copa plans "unfortunate".

Matt Miazga is ready to step up with USMNT after up and down season with Chelsea.

Major League Soccer is the BEST Sports League in America... or something

I'm not even entirely sure what it means, if anything real, but MLS beat the likes of the ACC, MLB, NBA, NASCAR, and PGA Tour to win the 2016 Sports Business Award.

Rivalries key to Major League Soccer expansion plans

ESPNFC looked at the possible rivalries that will be created with new teams coming in.
Even mention Minnesota vs Sporting KC. They reference the Twins vs Royals as reason for it. But the Twins are the only team I don't hate in the division. I can see this, though.

What TF is going on in Cincinnati?

The record crowed of 23,375 is higher than everyone in MLS except for the Toronto FC's opener of the new BMO Field.

There is definitely something special going on. Could it be the next Orlando?

ICYMI: Giovani dos Santos declines spot on Mexico's Copa America squad

After declining his roster spot for El Tri, Dos Santos says "I am not a controversial player".

Other MLS News and Updates

NY Red Bulls defeated the Fire 1-0 last night.

Poku had an amazing equalizer for NYCFC in a 1-1 draw with Toronto last night. Here's the goal:

Orlando City is seriously giving out green cards in exchange for stadium investments, using a 'controversial government program'.

Former Sounders star Eddie Johnson says early retirement ‘hurts’.

Sounders and Montreal are being linked to Boca Juniors midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro.

Giovinco waiting for word on possible Italian National Team call-up for Euros.

I leave you with Bob Bradley, who put Sporting KC's double post elimination to shame!

He just misses out on history as Le Havre cruelly denied promotion. They needed one result to go their way, and it did. But the hard part was he needed his team to win by 6 goals to earn the promotion to first division. They scored FIVE GOALS and then hit the frame of goal FOUR times while searching for that 6th goal they needed. Watch the madness.

And then check out the awesome moments after the match when the fans ran on the pitch to show support for the valiant effort. Well fought, Bob!