Major Link Soccer: Rain On Plains Of Spain Is Money

HARRISON, NJ - JULY 21: Kenny Cooper #33 of the New York Red Bulls reacts after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena on July 21, 2012 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

It was a packed weekend in Major League Soccer with implications on the playoff race and hints at players being traded or transferred out of MLS. Monday's journey starts over in Spain where possible Seattle Sounders transfer target Joan Verdu is getting public support from his club's forward to stay, as Verdu is an important element to the Espanyol squad.

The Big Two in Spain are making business news with Real Madrid reportedly being offered 60 Million US Dollars by Emirates to rename their stadium. Remember there was chatter that Emirates would dip into sponsorship here in Seattle either of the kit or the stadium. How much would a sponsorship of the stadium where the Seahawks and Sounders play be worth? Madrid might need the money to keep up with Barcelona, as the Catalan side set record profits in their last season.

While the Sounders once made news for refunding the price of a single game, ultras in Milan are taking it much further as they are suing their club after losing many famous but old players. Is there a responsibility to keep aging talent just for the sake of placating supporters groups or should managers be trying to win games?

Chelsea played another match in the World Football Challenge. The result still doesn't matter, but someone caught up with Frank Lampard about the rumors about him coming to MLS. His answer seems to be a "not now, but maybe later."

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In the I-95 rivalry match the story on the field was Kenny Cooper. The former Timber is knocking in goals and winning games. Red Bull New York beat the Philadelphia Union 2-nil behind Kenny's power. But the real story may be off the pitch as Freddy Adu wasn't in the 18. Is he going to be on the move?

If team can be hidden and great in MLS, D.C. United is doing it. Well, up until this week when they were shutout by the Columbus Crew. Their 1-0 win is a reminder that the Crew have a staunch defense capable of stepping up at any time.

Sporting Kansas City wasn't able to keep pace with Red Bull. The scoreless draw against the Revolution pushes them back to 2nd in the East. The result keeps New England with a zero goal differential same as the much better record Fire.

Round Two of Ching v Marsch took place over the weekend and the team with the old Americans beat the team with old Italians. The Houston Dynamo are set-up well for a late run to add to their strong record riding the late opening of the stadium. This is the second year when a delayed opening will help a team to a playoff run. Houston will also get better as they have Portland's worst first round pick in 2013. That pick is the one they got for Coooper, who is now good again

FC Dallas is a bad soccer team. Some this is due to injury, a lot of it is. George John and David Ferreira came back and the Toros crushed Timbers. Hyndman earned the result while benching Brek Shea. Dallas' U18 Academy team won the championship this weekend as well. Portland's bright spots were all guys that tried really hard. They are now the worst team in MLS.

Two long time rivalries took place to end Saturday. In both cases the power won. Real Salt Lake topped the Colorado Rapids for the 6th straight year. While in LA the Galaxy beat Chivas USA as tends to happen. Don't look now but Beckham to Keane to Donovan still works.

Sunday's match between the San Jose Earthquakes and Vancouver Whitecaps reminded MLS that Goonies may not say die, but they do lose.

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Former Seattle Sounders draft pick Abdul Aman stayed in school and will be a six year senior at the UW. He nearly played for the Battery, but instead talked the NCAA into a final year. He played for the NorthSound SeaWolves of the PDL this last season

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