Major Link Soccer - Soddy Turf Edition

It was another great soccer weekend.  The Seattle Sounders had a roller-coaster 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rapids.  It was a game where everyone on the offense contributed to the victory with crisp passes and great runs off the ball.  The defense had a couple glaring errors, but at least they can look to the offense to bail them out unlike earlier this season.  Match highlights and photos are available here and here.

USWNT Lose Thriller: The final game of the women's world cup yesterday was a thriller to watch despite the heart-breaking loss in penalty kicks for the US.  Even the President was glued to the TV.  The US controlled the game and netted two impressive goals, but Japan always found a way to equalize.  When it came time for penalty kicks you could see the Japanese team were relaxed and happy while the US team was clearly feeling the pressure.  In the end that would be their undoing as three US players missed their penalty kicks.

More links after the break:

Sod-on-Tarp Ruins MLS Game: The Vancouver Whitecaps, like the Sounders, have set up a grass pitch on top of their normal turf for their upcoming friendly against Manchester City.  The Sounders turf this Saturday was bad, but the Whitecaps turf was unplayable leading to a cancellation of a marque game against Real Salt Lake.  Benjamin Massey at 86 Forever is pretty irate with the Whitecaps front office's insistence on bowing to the needs of a big name club.  Denz over at RSL Soapbox thinks the Whitecaps should forfeit the match due to their poor planning.

Roster Moves Continue: Rosters are still under upheaval as teams take advantage of the open transfer window.  Sporting KC added more creativity to their midfield by signing Brazilian play-maker Jefferson.  Jefferson is the club's second designated player.  The New York Red Bulls traded 2nd-year midfielder Austin Da Luz to DC United in exchange for the international roster slot they needed for new keeper Frank Rost.  Da Luz was a highly regarded left midfielder for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, but has had limited impact for the Red Bulls due mainly to injuries.     

Cooper on the Trading Block: It looks like Portland Timbers striker Kenny Cooper is on the trading block.  The Seattle Sounders are in need of a better target forward, but I personally think the team can do better than Kenny Cooper.  According to our own Jeremiah Oshan the other teams that might be interested include DC United, FC Dallas, the Chicago Fire, the LA Galaxy and the Philadelphia Union.

NER Fans Protest: The atmosphere between the New England Revolution front office and its supporter groups just got worse on Sunday.  The supporters sitting in the Fort (the main seating section for supporters groups) sat silently through the first 15 minutes of the Philadelphia Union game before leaving en-mass.  And no, they weren't just looking for better seats in cavernous Gillette Stadium.

Pumas Unbeaten: The Kitsap Pumas remain unbeaten at least in league play.  On Sunday the Pumas defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps residency program 3-0 to claim the division title for the 2nd time in two weeks.  Previously they had clinched the title with a draw against the Washington Crossfire until they were hit with a 4-point deduction for failing to include a player on their roster during an earlier game.  

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