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The Blue Links: March 7th

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MLS: Sporting KC at D.C. United Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

MLS Standings | MLS Power Rankings

SKC moved up to #7 (from #9) in the Power Rankings after the draw on the weekend. Anti-climactic result but you have to take a shutout and point on the road.

The 2017 MLS Confidential Player Poll is out!

I absolutely love when this comes out. Notably, Benny Feilhaber is no longer named as one of the most overrated players. And he was picked by a 8% (third highest behind Giovinco and “myself”) of people to take a penalty if their life depended on it. The best thing I saw was an answer in response to players crossing the line:
"Jermaine Jones. He thinks he's bigger than what he is. I know that sometimes you get frustrated, but you can't get into personal stuff like 'I have money and you don't.'"

WE HAVE ROSTER DETAILS

The league is continuing the trend of transparency and now we can see exactly how all players are listed and fit into the ridiculous roster rules of MLS.

Tim Melia is up for Save of the Week - DUH

I love KC’s ability to dominate online voting for our sports stars.

Soccer Hooliganism as a sport?

A Russian lawmaker wants to turn football brawls into a stadium spectator sport. Because Russia.

WATCH: Speaking of hooligans... we’ve got MLS Hooligans!

After Orlando opened their shiny new stadium, there was some trouble in the streets between fans. Orlando and NYCFC have had their problems in the past and it continues. This piece has some ugly videos of police trying desperately to control the crowd.

Kaka to miss 6 weeks with hamstring injury

The Brazilian star made it only 11 minutes into Orlando’s home opener before going down with an injury. Now it looks like he is going to be sidelined for some time.

Mix Diskerud headed to Sweden?

He’s making over 700k for NYCFC, who would get some minor relief of that salary in securing a loan to IFK Goteborg. The club had high hopes bringing him to MLS but he failed to make much of an impact.

SKC among MLS teams who brought youth into attacking core

This is a really positive trend for the league that is actually kind of happening below the radar. The league has turned a corner from favoring aging stars to youthful promise.

Landon Donovan joins San Diego MLS ownership group

LD has joined the effort in San Diego to bring an MLS team to the city.

MLS Sunday TV Ratings show significant bump

The ratings show a solid bump from last years opening weekend and a 30% increase from the 2016 average.

ICYMI: Peter Vermes in depth interview

This is a good interview from PV where he opens up about the role of all the veterans on the squad. They are calling for a 30k seat stadium at the Qualcomm (Chargers) location.

HOME OPENER ON SATURDAY

SKC has a really tough test on Saturday with FC Dallas coming to town. Gates open at 5p. See you there, SKC Nation.