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The Blue Links: January 18th

All your relevant SKC news for the day

MLS: LA Galaxy at Sporting KC John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Ten Most Intriguing Match-Ups of the 2017 Season

The new schedule has been released and MLSSoccer.com took a look at the best matches to look forward to. The SKC vs RSL rivalry in October made the list.

Former SKC Academy player signs contract with Swope Park Rangers

Defender Joe Amico has been signed to the Swope Park Rangers after his collegiate career at Jacksonville University.

The team is taking shape as all players on roster have selected jersey numbers

Rubio is switching from #9 to #11. Newcomer Latif Blessing will take #9. Incoming DP Gersho Fernandes will wear #7.

Sporting KC wrapped up the SuperDraft with 3rd Round Pick David Greczek

The 22 year old keeper was selected 58th overall out of Rutgers University. Greczek will be a Swope Park Ranger this year.

Benny Feilhaber and Graham Zusi give their thoughts on the USMNT January Camp

Dom Dwyer says he is nearing eligibility for US National Team

The English born striker will be eligible for US citizenship next month and would then just have to file the necessary paperwork to become eligible for the US under FIFA rules. Is Dom really going to play for the Red, White and Blue?

Bill Hamid out 6 weeks: Will he be fit for home opener vs Sporting KC March 4?

DC United’s keeper just had knee surgery Monday and is expected to be out 6 weeks. That is the exact amount of time until they open the season against Sporting Kansas City.

FIFA mulls NASL-style shootouts for 2026 World Cup group stage

With only 3 teams in a group, there is a higher chance of things ending with teams level on points and goal difference. Plus, tactical draws could become a major problem as two teams play for a draw in order to advance. Therefore FIFA is considering using PKs to force a result of group stage matches.

MLS Transfer Window Tracker

Keep track of all MLS teams and the off-season progress. It is in need of an update in the last couple days but it is a solid list.

Lodeiro says Luis Suarez is just a phone call away from joining Sounders

The Uruguayan said through a translator: “It’s just a matter of a phone call, a phone call away. He already makes jokes that he’s coming to the league. He’s already a fan of Seattle.”

Check out the progress on Atlanta United’s new $1.5 billion stadium - MLSSoccer.com

Sporting KC is inviting all fans to CMP tonight to be in a commercial

It sounds like the players are going to be around and hanging out with fans on the field. Anyone can go... just make wear your sporting blue gear.