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Land of 10,000 Links: March 6, 2017

The “We’re not the only expansion team that lost!” edition.

MLS: Minnesota United FC at Portland Timbers Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Good day, futbol fans!

Welcome to our latest daily roundup and open comment thread. Enjoy!


  • Though it wasn’t pretty, our MLS debut is in the books! Catch up on all our coverage here. (EPL)
  • “How I betrayed Minnesota and became a Timbers fan.” Our favorite new article this week. (EPL)

Around the League

  • You’ve gotta stand during the national anthem. So says a new USSF policy announced Saturday. (ESPNFC)
  • Stat wonk blog FiveThirtyEight released its data-driven MLS predictions. Like most of the media, they’re not high on MNUFC. (FiveThirtyEight)

Around the World

  • With an epic Manchester United - Chelsea FA Cup quarterfinal just a week away, United’s Zlatan may be looking at a ban for violent conduct. (BBC)
  • The cost of hosting the Olympics has become prohibitively high. Dan Roan’s excellent article breaks down why the IOC is in such a precarious place. (BBC)

Countdown to MLS

  • Debut MLS match: In the books!
  • Debut home match on March 12 (Atlanta United): 6 days <— Less than a week?!