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The Blue Links: February 7th

Updates from your soccering world

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

SKC fell 2-1 in a preseason match with the Revolution today

Today opens Swope Park Rangers preseason camp

While plenty of SPR guys are in Tuscon with the senior team, the rest of the squad opened up camp today in KC and will train here for the next seven weeks until the home opener on March 25th.

ICYMI - SPR Signs Midfielder Lebo Moloto

Drafted by Seattle, but played for the Pittsburge Riverhounds the last two years. A spot was opened after losing Ayrton.

KC Star: Developer pursues $27 million soccer, retail & hotel project in Olathe

Yet another soccer complex may soon be popping up in the Soccer Capital of America. There is a “plan to build nine soccer fields, roughly 27,000 square feet of new retail and a 120-room hotel on 96 acres southwest of Ridgeview Road and Kansas 10.

SKC should be dangerous in EA Sports FIFA 17 with addition of Gerso Fernandes takes a look at offseason additions and roster changes and how they stack up on FIFA. Gerso is rated in the 90s (pretty uncommon) on speed, agility & acceleration... Please & Thank You.

PRO hire Howard Webb to manage Video Assistant Referee operations

The league is testing video review fairly extensively this preseason and is hoping to implement into regular season games the second half of this season. This hire would indicate they are serious about it.

Chicharito to MLS?

FourFourTwo says plenty of MLS GMs are willing to shell out the money to bring the El Tri striker to America. “Just one GM expressed reservations that “overpaying” Chicharito might inflate the market and make it tougher to navigate for MLS teams in the future. Others believe Chicharito’s stature in North America is well known and would combat that potential problem.

MLS would subsidize Beckham-caliber DP for Canadian clubs - Don Garber

The commish recently spoke about the importance of the Canadian clubs to the league and how they can continue to grow the brand in that country.

Atalanta to Atlanta United

AUFC are doing all the right things as they build their squad. Chilean midfielder Carlos Carmona has joined them from Atalanta in the Serie A.

USMNT striker Bobby Wood had a great run to seal the win for Hamburg today

Sounders' Clint Dempsey returns to play in first game action since August

Duece took part in a preseason match yesterday for Seattle and it was his first time on the pitch since being sidelined last year with an irregular heartbeat.

I THINK the new kit is being unveiled on Thursday night at the fan forum. (Team previously stated it’d be Friday).

I leave you with Soni Mustivar, who is lowkey one of the best personalities on the squad