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Blue Links: Weekly honors, power rankings, & beating baseball

Quick links and stories to keep you up-to-date with all things soccer in Kansas City on Tuesday.

MLS: Sporting KC at Los Angeles FC Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Besler got a Team of the Week nod after a shutout performance at LAFC. Ilie Sanchez was also recognized with a spot on the bench. The list was headlined by Luciano Acosta, who scored three goals on four shots in DC United’s 3-2 win over Orlando City. (SportingKC.com)

Back in top form: Sporting KC wins second straight on road to charge up standings. (KCStar)

Power Rankings: Sporting Kansas City jump from #7 to #5 (and send LAFC from #6 to #8). Atlanta United, of course, sits atop the table. Hey.. remember when SKC beat them at their place? (MLSSoccer.com)

Doyle has put each MLS team into tiers. Sporting KC falls into the 2nd tier, On the “Doorstep?”. The alphas are ATL and the NY teams. SKC is grouped with Columbus and Portland. (MLSSoccer.com)

Welcome to MLS: Rooney’s moment draws parallels to Ibrahimovic’s debut (MLSSoccer.com)

Instant Replay: MLS is going to MLS and there is literally ten minutes of discussion about bad calls around the the league this week. They say no handball for Ike but disagree with the PK. (MLSSoccer.com)

Goal of the Week voting is open. Dwyer’s chip is nominated but losing heavily. Personally, I like the DC United winner. (MLSSoccer.com)

FS1 to feature first all-female on-air team for a national U.S. professional men’s soccer broadcast in English. Byington, Slaton and Witham will call the D.C. United-New England Revolution match Sunday. (AwfulAnnouncing.com)

Just making sure you know that soccer has ‘made it’ in America. (Twitter)