Major Link Soccer: Gold Edition (Because there's nothing else to link about)

The Heritage Cup continues on Saturday as Seattle visits the Bay Area for the second time this year. San Jose leads the series 1-0-0 in MLS play.

Before I forget, it was great to meet more of the Sounder at Heart community at The Berliner, which was a cracking good time until the very end. This is going to be a short one as I, like many of you, am still in mourning over Wednesday's weird loss. I AM ONLY HUMAN!!! *sobs*

MLS' 90 Plus Week 22 is up, which mercifully includes Seattle's LA romp without a mention of any Open Cups. Which is great for me, because prior to our most recent match, everyone was changing their tune on the destination for the Sounders' season, including Kyle McCarthy at Goal.com

The same doesn't hold true for the rest of the league's website, with no other midweek games. Simon Borg and Jon Bettin took a look at the PKs in a gutsy MLSsoccer.com post that may do little more than open our fresh wounds farther.

Looking forward, Seattle and San Jose meet on Saturday in a clash of potential Supporters Shield frontrunners. Seems our Bay Area brothers are beginning to think of us as rivals or something. Maybe they should make a rivalry trophy to play for?

With the United States Women's Soccer Team's thrilling run in the Olympics, much has been written about the future of the club play for our champions. While the Sounders Women are the 24th best soccer draw in the United States, professional Women's soccer leagues have failed twice in ten years in this country. But there is a lot of talk about expanding the MLS affiliation to Women's soccer that it already maintains in Seattle, Vancouver, Colorado, and DC. The worry now is that our country's top Female players will head to leagues in Europe the way their male counterparts do.

The fallout from the USA-Canada game isn't yet over (after the Open Cup final, I think I can relate to Canadians just a little bit). Benjamin Massey at Eighty Six Forever proposes an Olympic boycott should any National team players be suspended for their comments following the controversial match.

Elsewhere in Cascadia, the Portland Timbers continue their "Bonfire Sale", this time sending away defender Mike Chabala to DC in exchange for New Zealander Ian Hogg.

I don't always agree with Bruce Arena, but when I do, it's that the Supporter's Shield is useless in an unbalanced schedule.

DC United may have new owners, but they are still having a tough time bringing fans to that hellhole they call RFK Stadium. The always excellent Black and Red United just finished up a three part series on why this year may be the worst at the gate in their history. United used to be the model of success in MLS, and is a warning that today's top clubs could all take care to be aware of.

Sticking to the Northeast (AKA the Northwest of Soccer, where the teams are terrible and poorly covered by the national media), the Red Bulls are in "win now" mode, hoping to finally collect the first (worthwhile) silverware of their existence.

There was once a time that Eddie Johnson and Freddy Adu were thought to be the salvation of American soccer. Both have returned to MLS in recent years after disappointing stints abroad, and while GAM is lighting it up, Adu still isn't living up to the expectations that were set for him at the ripe old age of 14. He's still only 23, but he needs needs NEEDS to not only live up to the Designated Player contract Philadelphia signed him to, but at least approach the terrific talent he flashed all those years ago.

Speaking of DPs, we linked to the story of Sharlie Joseph being expelled from the rebuilding New England Revolution last time, but now the details are coming out, sounding something like a polite version of Sebastien Le Toux's exit from Philadelphia. Needless to say, the "Fort" faithful aren't terribly happy to see their Captain go.

If Joseph can help Chivas win the "SuperClassico" this weekend, they will be only four points behind the LA Galaxy of Carson with a whopping FOUR games in hand. Needless to say, fans of the Goats are talking about playoffs as an actual possibility. And who wouldn't love to see them knock Beckham out of the postseason entirely?

What happens when you breed a nerd with a jock? You get stats porn like this article from The Shin Guardian. For all of you soccer-playing engineers and software developers out there.

Finally, the NCAA rankings are out for college soccer, and the UW didn't make the top 25. But there is still some interest in the form of Sounders Academy products.

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