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The Blue Links: August 2nd, 2016

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We've got all the links you need for MLS, Sporting Kansas City, Swope Park Rangers, and US Soccer updates!

Vermes' squad is on the rise..
Vermes' squad is on the rise..
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Sporting KC has now won 5 straight home matches. Since a horrendous ten game span, they boys have gone 5-2-2. No longer do they have a losing record (10-10-4).

I know the trajectory of this season has not gone how fans are used to it going, but I think this team is in good position to finish out the season strong.

Onto the links!

SKC strengthens spot above the red line

MLS Power Rankings: MLS Cup finalists hit rock bottom - SKC #8

MLS Standings: SKC in 4th place with 34 points

Vermes 5th MLS coach to earn 100 wins with 1 team

Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes notches 100th career MLS regular-season victory

Sporting men earn weekly honors

Team of the Week: Ike Opara colossal in Sporting KC's 1-0 win over Portland

VOTE: Alec Kann is up for Save of the Week for diving stop

Vermes and Dwyer respond to transfer rumors

Sporting striker Dom Dwyer addresses transfer offer | The Kansas City Star

The Rangers of Swope Park on hot streak as well!

RECAP: SPR defeats San Antonio FC 2-1

Rangers earn weekly honors

Amer Didic and Mark Anthony Gonzalez earn USL Team of the Week honors

SPR forward Dane Kelly nominated for USL Goal of the Week

CONCACAF Champions League begins TONIGHT!

Previewing all eight groups in the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League

Liga MX out to extend dominance over MLS in Champions League - ESPN FC

MLS starting to shell out big bucks...

MLS expansion fee could go as high as $200 million - ESPN FC

- BUT to compare: Premier League clubs' transfer spending £500m

Alejandro Bedoya nearing MLS move with Philadelphia Union - sources

MLS Transfer Window Tracker: News and rumors from the 2016 summer window

Portland improves back line that was so bad vs SKC

Timbers bolster back line with signing of Premiership veteran Steven Taylor

Portland Timbers sign Nigerian national team center back Gbenga Arokoyo

Good news for two USMNT players abroad

Ancelotti insists Green will get chance with Bayern Munich

Sunderland targeting Yedlin return after loan successful loan spell

Olympic soccer kicks off TOMORROW!

Olympics soccer TV schedule for games on US TV and streaming

USWNT embracing pressure in pursuit of fourth-straight Olympic gold

Take a guess before clicking.. What the is the most watched league in the world?

Most popular soccer leagues on US television, ranked - World Soccer Talk

I leave you with a video of Dwyer actin' a fool. Happy late Birthday, Dom!