Major Link Soccer: Not so Friendly Edition

Jul 18, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Chelsea FC midfielder Eden Hazard (17) moves the ball past Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Brad Evans (3) during the 1st half at CenturyLink Field. Chelsea FC defeated Seattle 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

In what must be labeled one of the more enjoyable friendlies Seattle has been exposed to, nearly 54,000 people saw the Sounders play decently in a 4-2 loss to English club Chelsea. SaH has covered most of it, but some of the views from the other side are interesting as well. We Ain't got no History has their thoughts on their first preseason game. The gamethread is also worth a look.

Joshua Mayers at the Seattle Times interviews Josh Ford on his first match in some time.

He is also one of many that have chimed in on the report/rumor/legend that Eddie Johnson and Fredy Montero had fisticuffs earlier in the season. This "story" can also be found on NBCsports and MLSsoccer, but it looks like Mayer's story is the only one featuring an actual interview.

The News Tribune has an excellent overview of the injury situation, including some reassurance on Brad Evans after he was taken down late in the "friendly". Gspurning is expected to be between the posts for the next competitive match.

Also, I don't have any direct links for this, but the Sounders have been making a surprisingly large mark on the Arena situation, both pro and con. While on the one hand pro-arena folks point to the Sounders' fantastic year-one success and comparatively higher attendance as reasons why new basketball and hockey teams would be successful, the anti-arena crowd include those scared new teams would hurt the soccer club (or wish that sports would go away entirely, but that's besides the point).

Week 19's "90 plus" is up.

The narrative around the games that mattered this week was that PKs are simply too hard. I mean, jeez, FOUR misses! NBCsports goes over the carnage that might lead to keeper-less penalties. Or not.

The most eventful of those was the San Jose-Dallas game, where the luckless hoops had a chance to equalize the game in stoppage time. Arlo White was on the call as Jair Benitez skied it to let San Jose leave with all three points.

Thierry Henry still has a wonderful finishing boot, and it was the only thing separating Chicago from New York in their midweek 1:00 PM 1-0 win. That is now 10 goals in 13 games for the former Arsenal man. Next, Sebastian Le Toux will meet one of his OTHER former teams in Philadelphia, where he is sure to receive a warm welcome.

Portland is now 0-2 in the Gavin Wilkinson era. We all saw the highlights from the loss to the Galaxy, but who could have guessed after that match that their next outing would be a 1-0 loss to the OTHER LA team?

Vancouver was looking to have a far better week until two late Galaxy goals doomed them to a draw at BC Place. The Whitecaps had earned a win, but Josh Saunders made up for last weekend's performance with the best ten minutes of his career, keeping Vancouver off the board while David Beckham and Jose Villareal snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat. New Whitecaps DP Barry Robson scored his first MLS goal.

But a coaching change is paying dividends for Toronto FC, as the Reds have won three in a row under the new skipper Paul Mariner The winning goal in the 2-1 comeback came from newly minted Toronto player Andrew Wiedeman, who joined the team a week ago in a trade with Dallas. It is all a shocking turnaround for a club that will miss their best player for the rest of the season.

Former Sounder Sanna Nyassi is beginning to find his place in Montreal. Against the Revolution on Wednesday, Nyassi drew a PK and scored a nice shot to put the Impact over New England 2-1.

Finally, The Houston Dynamo are one of two clubs in the 2012 campaign who have yet to lose at home, and they continued to defend BBVA Compass Stadium on Wednesday with a 2-1 win over Eastern Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City.

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Only one week after the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed its opposition to LGBT members of it's society, MLS released a statement declaring that 2012 will be the last and only year of it's partnership with the aforementioned BSA.

Goal line technology isn't the only way that MLS is leaping into the next generation of technology, as Adidas announced MLS will take advantage of "Smart Soccer", which will provide more data to coaches and players about their performance during the course of games.

Chivas USA has always had a tough time at the ticket window, but they seem to have faltered to a new level this year, the club's sixth anniversary. Of the recent expansion teams, Chivas is the only one that has been a clear failure, having difficulty drawing fans when the star-studded LA Galaxy play in the same building.

I don't get to link to video game websites nearly as often as I'd like to, but today I have a legitimate reason to. There's question as to whether Scottish side Glasgow Rangers, after declaring for bankruptcy and relegation to the fourth division, will see their team in the next entry in the popular FIFA franchise.

Somewhat surprising news on the expansion front this week, as Sacramento is allegedly lobbying for a team. While it would perhaps be a good location for Major League Soccer in the future, the larger available markets and Sacramento's proximity to San Jose likely rule them out for a decade or two.

And, for my shameless plug of the week, it seems many of you never saw the Avengers poster I did for the Sounders earlier in the year. It's on Sounder at Heart now, so I feel less dirty in giving it a link. We'll miss you, Black Widow.

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