It's a season defining couple of weeks for the Sounders. Thankfully, they managed to get the party started right by securing a spot in the elimination rounds of the CONCACAF Champions League. The 2-2 tie against Comunicaciones gives them some breathing room with a rough travel schedule to end the season. The Sounders traveled straight from Guatemala to the greater Boston metro area to take on the New England Revolution. A win against a faltering New England team would be nice, but the greater prize is on Tuesday when the Sounders are back at the C-Link to take on the Chicago Fire for their third consecutive U.S. Open Cup. As always, the match recap and photos are available on the Sounders website.
The Tyranny of Discontent: Those superstar malcontents are called locker-room cancer for a reason. Steve Davis looks at two of the worst currently destroying their teams from within. The first being Carlos Tevez and the second being the New York Red Bulls own Rafael Marquez. The Red Bulls should take a page from the Sounders playbook in dealing with Freddie Ljungberg. Keep Marquez isolated from the team until you can arrange a trade.
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Beckerman Ejected: Real Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman lost his head and was ejected for headbutting Chicago Fire midfielder Daniel Paladini. It's possible the midfielder will miss one or two extra games for the incident possibly impacting RSL's ability to hold on to the third place in the West (and their spot as the Sounder's first playoff opponent). The Fire would go on to win the game 3-0 off of a hat-trick by Marco Pappa. Pappa and the Fire are heating up at a dangerous time for the Seattle Sounders.
The Union Are Back: The Philadelphia Union are back in a big way with a vital 3-2 win over D.C. United. Former Sounder Sebastien Le Toux was my man of the match with two early goals. The Frenchman showed again why he needs to be playing up top as a striker rather than a deeper role. Rookie Michael Farfan, the official man-of-the-match took over the play-making duties from the right-side of the midfield rather than being slotted in at his usual full-back spot.
Chivas Looking at New Stadium Site: The Los Angeles Galaxy's little brother final looks ready to move out from the basement and into some new digs. Chivas USA is looking at a potential site in the L.A. suburb of Santa Ana according to a report in the Orange County Register. Santa Ana has a culturally rich and vibrant Latino community which the team has long coveted as potential fans. It is also the fourth most densely populated city in the country making it more like the successful downtown soccer-specific stadiums in MLS.
Quakes Move Closer to Stadium: The San Jose Earthquakes moved closer to building a new stadium in San Jose this week. Local residents were given an opportunity to voice concerns to the city's department of planning before building commences. As a gesture of goodwill the team shelved plans to hold concerts at the new stadium. Concerts are an important revenue base and the decision may financially crimp the team in the future.
Klinsmann Names Roster: USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann released the 22-man roster for upcoming friendlies against Honduras and Ecuador. The list is heavy on European based players, but there are a few important MLS players selected from Seattle's rivals in the West such as Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman, Brek Shea and Landon Donovan.