The Seattle Sounders are sitting pretty good going into the weekend. The Sounders put in a yeoman's performance after traveling down to Costa Rica. They remain perfect in the CONCACAF Champions League with their 2-1 win over Herediano. This weekend D.C. United arrive in Seattle looking to bolster their record in the less than competitive Eastern Conference. They need the three points to secure their spot as third place in the East and avoid a wild-card play-in game.
Davies is Player of the Week: One concern coming into the DCU game this weekend is the form of striker Charlie Davies. Davies secured MLS player of the week honors after a hat-trick in DCU's 3-0 victory against Chivas USA. Davies will also be fired up to play in front of a crowd that supported him through a pretty dark time. However, on closer inspection, Davies return to form doesn't look as strong as the scoreline from Chivas indicates. The real man of that match was Chris Pontius who will likely miss the rest of the season due to a fractured tibia.
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MLS Player Salaries: This week the MLS Player's Union released salary data on everyone in the league. The Sounders front office once again looked brilliant with a number of players making much less than their performance on the field would indicate. Leading the list of the best bargains in MLS is darkhorse MVP candidate Mauro Rosales. As usual there were some head-scratchers including M.I.A. defender Juan Diego Gonzalez.
Orlando City Raided: The barbarians are storming the gates of USL-Pro and making off with the US 3rd division's fairest players. The hardest hit by the close of the trading deadline for league yesterday was Orlando City. The biggest signing was Real Salt Lake's signing of player of the year Yordany Alvarez from Orlando City. Two other players from Orlando City were signed by MLS teams this week. RSL also signed academy player Nico Nunez before the deadline.
Soehn Strategy - An Oxymoron? By far the most baffling moves during the recent transfer window came from Tommy Soehn of the Vancouver Whitecaps. He released multiple players in positions of need without any kind of compensation and leaving multiple roster spots unfilled. He traded serviceable players for allocation money and then blew it on Jordan Harvey. Sounders fans won't complain to much. It gives us many more opportunities to see Peter Vagenas ply his trade in the midfield. He's a great guy and much more fun to watch when he's on someone else's team.
Chandler Might Switch: One of the bright spots on the current national team is defender Timmy Chandler. Chandler has played quite well in the full-back spots for the team in recent friendlies. However, he is not tied and may be gaining some interest from German national team coach Joachim Loew.
Bradley Goes to Egypt: Reports out of Egypt indicate that Bob Bradley has secured a job as the Egyptian National Team Head Coach. Official word is expected next week.
Sapong Busts a Move: Sporting K.C. rookie CJ Sapong tries to charm Hope Solo and fails miserably. He should stick to what he's good at. Banging in goals. Check out the reactions from some of Solo's teammates. Pretty hilarious.