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Within the wider pantheon of global leagues, it is not particularly difficult to light upon a purpose that would drive MLS into its next glowing iteration. If the league is still wed to the idea of bringing in aged, beyond-their-prime stars to weigh down owner finances, then it must be a developer league.

In a recent sit-down, MLS commissioner Don Garber basically conceded as much.

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Written by Will Parchman

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The Francesco Totti transfer sweepstakes are rising in timbre. We’ve known since at least February that Totti was unsettled at Roma, where his age and broken lungs are preventing him from taking much of an outsize role at his once and future club. He’s even been rumored to be in for an MLS transfer, which would, as we’ve discussed, be an unmitigated disaster.

There’s also this dumb thing floating in the wasted space of Internet Transfer Rumors. So many questions here.

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Gennaro Gattuso made his name as a player over 13 years at Milan by doing things like grabbing coaches in the neck, screaming at referees, and looking like a demented pirate. Gattuso was a fantastic holding midfielder, on balance, but he also spent most of every game looking like he was about to unsheathe a shiv from his pants and end your existence.

So he’s a pretty chill coach!

No. Of course he isn’t.

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The U15 BNT was recently in Uruguay to compete in the International Festival of Futbol, and it went very well. So well, in fact, that the U15s dropped the hosts 2-0 in the final to bring home the championship. The goals – LAG’s Efrain Alvarez and NYCFC/Claudio Reyna offspring Giovanni Reyna – were both nice things.

The U.S. YNT system is having itself quite the start to 2016. A month ago, the U17s scored a massive upset by beating France in the final of its own tournament. Now, the U15s drop Uruguay on its own soil to win another. Perhaps even more proof better days than these are ahead. Let’s hope, anyway.

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At the start of the 2015 season, the OKC Energy opened a recently renovated Taft Stadium with a clanging gong. The team welcomed Sounders 2 for their season opener, and before the match, The Grid, the OKC supporter’s section, unfurled that tifo of a tree and the phrase, “The Spirit of this City Will Not Be Defeated.”

The match was played on April 18 (exactly a year ago today), or the night before the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombings. The tifo gathers even more significance when you realize the tree represents the one that survived the bombing.

Today, there’s a beautiful short film commemorating the occasion, the groundswell fandom in Oklahoma and everything else around the club. You owe it to yourself to give this a watch.

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On Friday, the announcement we’d spied from a distance finally came to pass.

Haji Wright, the electric winger who’d had brief stays with LA Galaxy’s academy team and the New York Cosmos between two years with the U.S. U17 MNT, had officially joined Schalke. A poorly kept secret for more than six months was finally out of the bag for good.

It did not take Wright long to pull on the team’s iconic blue strip. The next day, at 2 p.m. local time on Saturday (6 a.m. on the West Coast), Wright started for Schalke’s second-place U19 side. Fifteen minutes into the match, he scored his first goal. In the 80th minute, he scored his second to cement a 3-1 win over local rival Gladbach. Wright trotted off in the 89th minute to what one would assume was a hearty handshake from coach Norbert Elgert.

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You should know something about Christian Pulisic.

He is good.

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A year and a day after scoring his first and only goal for the U.S. men’s national team, Jordan Morris found the back of the net at the professional level for the first time.

Morris scored in the 71st minute, racing on to a perfectly-weighted through ball from Andreas Ivanschitz and nudging home past Philadelphia’s Andre Blake.

Back on April 15, 2015, Morris started and scored for the full team in a 2-0 friendly win against Mexico in San Antonio.

Making his sixth appearance for the Sounders this season, his goal above provided the winning tally as Seattle topped the Union 2-1 at CenturyLink Field.

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Cf97cW7UEAA3sF4It’s been a pretty terrible start to the 2016 season for the New York Red Bulls.

Supporters’ Shield winners in 2015, the Red Bulls have dropped five of their first six games of the current season, with the latest coming in a 2-0 mid-week loss on the road against San Jose.

There was at least one bright spot from the game: the introduction of 17-year-old Tyler Adams into the starting lineup, making his first MLS appearance. After signing with NYRB II, the U.S. U17 men’s national team veteran earned a starting nod in central midfield alongside Felipe in the team’s 4-2-3-1.

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Major League Soccer isn’t the only soccer league that uses playoffs to determine a champion.

Down Under, the A-League finals series (Australian for playoffs) kicked off early Friday morning Eastern Standard Time with an extremely compelling Elimination Final.

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