Don't forget we're about two weeks out from Sounder At Hearts official Scarf Release party, and the away leg vs Santos Laguna! For all the details just click here.
Former Columbus Crew winger Robbie Rogers had his debut with Leeds United -- though I don't think it went exactly as he would have planned it out. In last Saturday's match vs the Doncaster Rovers he collided with defender Tommy Spurr in stoppage time during the second half. He was escorted off the field on a stretcher.
Rogers, on his Twitter account, posted Sunday that he was "happy to have made my debut! Didn't know Mike Tyson was out on the field yesterday, out for a good few minutes." Shortly after, he tweeted: "Concussions are no joke... Laying low for a few days. Thanks for everyone's concern and comments much appreciated!"
"The stories that AEG is interested in or has been negotiating for the purchase of Tottenham are untrue," Leiweke said in a statement to the Associated Press.
"We currently enjoy a very good business and personal relationship with Tottenham and have been involved with a number of transactions over the years," he added. "However at no time have we had a desire to purchase that club. We will continue to have a great relationship with (chairman) Daniel (Levy) and Tottenham moving forward."
The Chicago Fire have cut ties and have sued a youth soccer league. In 2009 the Chicago Fire entered into a licensing agreement with Chicago Fire Juniors. The suit claims that CFJI's failed to pay $39,950 that was due as part of the agreement (704 players at $50 each and 75 partial players at $10 apiece).
According to SBN's DC United blog Black and Red United it looks as though the team will remain in the District at the least through the 2013 season. There seems to be the outlook that a new stadium might happen and not have to go outside the DC area to get it done.
The Montreal Impact are still polishing their roster as the season nears; they have released, among other players, 35 year-old defender and team captain Nevio Pizzolitto. With a glut of defenders, it came down to a numbers game, leaving Pizzolitto among those on the outside looking in.
"And obviously coming to the point in my career that I am, the coach thought it would be hard for me to continue, to keep up," Pizzolitto said. "In the end, I respect him for his decision. I’m okay with it."
Former New York Red Bulls goalkeeper and Senegal International Bouna Condoul is currently training with Championship side Doncaster Rovers and would love to play in Europe now that he's now longer in the MLS.
"I wouldn't mind playing in the Premier League, Championship or even League One to be honest because I just need to start playing somewhere to expose myself to the European market. "I want to sign somewhere and help them gain success and promotions."
The San Jose Earthquakes are now this much closer to having their own stadium. They had obtained a development permit in December but had to overcome an appeal that was voted down 6-0. They can now move forward towards a soccer specific stadium.
"We're thrilled to move forward with the working drawings and get closer to a groundbreaking date this year," 'Quakes president Dave Kaval said. "We obviously have to commission the working drawings and at the same time finalize the financing, which could not be finalized with the uncertainty around the permit. So, with this permit uncertainty gone, we're able to expedite those processes and communicate that to our fans and stakeholders as soon as possible."
Soon the Sounders will play Santos Laguna as the knock out stages of the CONCACAF Champions League resume. While Mexican soccer has been great on the field, it hasn't been that great behind the scenes. It seems that owners and coaches a like are causing quite a stir according to Nick Rosano of Goal.com.
Next up was an incident involving was San Luis, when the team’s ownership (headed by media conglomerate Televisa, which owns two other teams including America) said it would reduce the salaries of some players and not pay others following a four-game losing streak.
If it hadn't been for the legal threats, San Luis would have most likely gone through with their threat. What kind of picture does this paint of Mexican soccer? I'm going to guess not a very good one. Really this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as the state of Mexican soccer goes (as far as off the field shenanigans go).
For the 2012-2013 season the Richmond Kickers have made their Academy program free. This is the only such program in the state of Virginia. It is in the same system as the 17 across the US which are run and/or affiliated with MLS teams.
"It is our hope that this significant commitment to youth soccer development will ignite community interest in establishing one neutral Academy program for Central Virginia that all clubs, players and parents can unite behind to share resources to best serve the most talented and dedicated players in the region."