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Blue Links: Sporting KC in local politics, KC NWSL ownership, & the best Americans in MLS

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SKC is involved in a local political debate, the new NWSL ownership group is already winning, & all things soccer in Kansas City.

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It’s Friday, Kansas City! And it stopped snowing too! Below are all the news & updates you need for all things soccer in Kansas City today.

Local Politics: Sporting KC taxpayer funding
This video on r/KansasCity gives some very interesting perspective on a potential soccer park in Tiffany Hills. Sporting KC is looking for $36 million in funding for the project.

ICYMI: The all-new KC WOShow!
We’ve got a brand new podcast that debuted with Thad & Cindy Lara (Thad will start saying her name properly, we promise) covering the return of the NWSL to Kansas City.

NWSL: Kansas City charting new course on and off the field
(Paywall) Brittany Matthews & the rest of the majority owners are already proving to be doing the things the RIGHT way. In stark contrast from the previous ownership group in KC.

MLS Primary Transfer Window pushed back
The window opens March 10 through June 1st leaving it closed for just one month as it reopens from July 7th to August 5th.

MLS, American teams in global top 10 in total transfers, fees received
The FIFA study “International Transfer Market Snapshot” shows MLS teams were in the top 10 leagues in the world for both the number of players transferred (4th), and the total transfer revenue generated (7th).

Why the U.S. lower division transfer market has stalled out
(Paywall) On the other hand from the above story, this article asks the question of why there aren’t more players sold from the USL.

Galaxy sign “prodigy”
15-year-old Mexican international Alex Alcala has signed a deal with the LA Galaxy so ESPN calls him a prodigy. But Gianluca Busio was a full month younger when he signed with SKC. So suck it.

Black History Month Roundtable
Black executives from MLS come together to talk about how to increase black representation throughout the league.

Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 revealed
I know you’re salty about not playing it, like myself, but the draw is done and the schedule is set. Might as well as the question again... (sighs) is this the year for MLS?

Top 10 American players in MLS
Taking a look at the best United States Men’s National Team eligible players in MLS for the 2021 season. They’ve got Walker Zimmerman and Gyasi Zardes at 1 & 2, respectively.

Rumors Henry may return to England
Thierry Henry might be making a move to Bournemouth after coming up short in Montreal.

Pato, Brenner deals signal differing strategies of Brazilians to MLS
Alexandre Pato & Brenner Souza da Silva are coming to Orlando City SC & Cincinnati FC this season, representing two different schools of thought.

Matuidi: I’m not with Miam for vacation
Frenchman Blaise Matuidi has signed with Inter Miami CF but he says he isn’t coming to Major League Soccer for a vacation. “I came here to win”.