I've got nothing this week. Cascadian win? Zakuani's return? Mario Martinez? I covered all of that last weekend. So this opener is a little lackluster. Sorry. I'll be better next time.
Top Drawer Soccer has some excellent coverage on the college players looking to enter MLS over the next few years. This list includes a pair of Sounders academy products among those expected to make waves. Predictions for men's college rankings are out, which look positive for the UW. Seattle U is also looking to compete this year with the help of Austin Sweeney. Finally, a list of players that are projected to become pros.
In Champions League news, both Los Angeles and Salt Lake won today to take control of their groups. The Galaxy laid down a 5-2 destruction of Metapan, and Salt Lake took a 2-0 victory over Tauro. The Sounders benefited from a scoreless tie between Marathon and Caledonia. Marathon isn't what they used to be, currently last in Honduras' Liga.
The NFL is trying to make inroads on soccer's home turf, with talk now that there may be expansion or relocation into London in the next few years. The St Louis Rams and Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to be prime candidates.
For all you FIFA fans, the demo for 13 will be released on September 11. I don't know if the info for new stadiums added to this version of FIFA is out yet, but it almost assuredly WON'T include the Clink. Oh well, it's not like they're making any crazy changes to it from 12.
Some Earthquakes fans may have convinced themselves differently, but everyone knows that Steven Lenhart is the least-liked player in Major League Soccer. Yet it is the responsibility of a manager to defend his players (even the dirtbags) and that's just what Frank Yallop did this week after Lenhart's red card against Montreal. To which the entirety of MLS sort of said "sure, whatever".
While Sporting may be somewhat embarrassed to see their "Livestrong" stadium associated with the shamed Tour de France biker, but they are doing good in their community with this new Sporting development program.
In midweek DC United bounced back from their referee dispute to take a convincing win over Chicago 4-2. Also, Toronto continued to skid towards the end of the season, dropping a result to Columbus and retaining their hold on last place.