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The Blue Links: May 26, 2016

Your dose of Sporting Kansas City, Major League Soccer, and United States Men's National Team news and updates.

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While things aren't so pretty on the club front, country gave us something to cheer about last night. Not just the win, but a 17 year old gave glimpses of a bright future.

All the hype is okay when the kid creates it on his own.

Onto the links!

Sporting Kansas City keeps falling off the pace

Last week's loss moved the record to 5-7-1.

MLS Standings: 17 points; 7th Place in West (8th in SS)
MLS Power Rankings: #14

Besler and Zusi appear in USMNT win

Zusi starts, Besler comes off the bench as U.S. tops Ecuador 1-0 in Copa America tune-up

Soni Mustivar to play for Haiti in Copas

Soni Mustivar and Copa America: Playing for club, country and family | Sporting Kansas City

Sporting KC will find out Champions League group on Monday

Official Draw Confirmed for the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League

SKCvDCU kicks off at 6pm tomorrow night

By The Numbers | Sporting Kansas City

EPB is back for the weekend after winning title in Portugal

What is Sporting Kansas City’s plan for teen champion Erik Palmer-Brown? | The Kansas City Star

Swope Park Rangers

I'll be the one the police are looking for when puppies start to go missing
- Swope Park Rangers to host Bark at the Park Night on June 8

Some of the guys went for a round of FootGolf and HOA in Swope
Sporting KC and Swope Park Rangers players visit Heart of America FootGolf

SPR forward Kris Tyrpak reflects on start to the season, looks ahead to Sacramento

USMNT defeated Ecuador 1-0

USAvEcuador, Friendly: Final 1-0, Darlington Nagbe's first international goal wins it late - Stars and Stripes FC

Nagbe was perfect and had a great winner

Darlington Nagbe makes a case for bigger role with US national team in win | MLSsoccer.com

The finish is great but Yedlin almost killed that guy...

Pulisic should be starting for the USMNT

Christian Pulisic 'in contention' to start for U.S. vs. Colombia says Jurgen Klinsmann - ESPN FC

Club and Country: Klinsmann praises Nagbe, is looking for more to come | MLSsoccer.com

Three things we learned from the late USMNT win over Ecuador – ProSoccerTalk

The refs can't mess everything up this summer!

Goal-line technology to be used at Copa America – ProSoccerTalk

Union earned 2-2 draw in Orlando last night

Orlando City SC vs. Philadelphia Union | MatchCenter

Struggling Dynamo now coachless

Houston Dynamo & head coach Owen Coyle part ways | MLSsoccer.com

A painfully true article about the perception of MLS

Giovinco’s omission could hurt MLS’s player recruitment – Soccer Travels

Giovinco says he'll earn his spot eventually

Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco vows to earn his way back to Italy squad - ESPN FC