Major Link Soccer: Comeback Edition

Jozy Altidore scored a hat trick for AZ Alkmaar. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Clint Dempsey made his debut for Tottenham in their 3-1 victory over Reading. Deuce fittingly chose to wear the No. 2 shirt for the Spurs--even though the No. 9 is available.

Although his performance for the USMNT was less than stellar, Jozy Altidore continued his good form for AZ Alkmaar by scoring a hat trick as they hammered Roda JC 4-0. The hat trick raises Jozy's early season total to seven goals for AZ Alkmaar.

The Chicago Fire have confirmed that Guillermo Franco has signed a deal with the team prior to the roster freeze. The 35-year-old forward, born in Argentine but capped at the international level by Mexico, has played in Argentina, Spain, Mexico, and England during his career.

MLS weekend recap after the jump:

C.J. Sapong scored a stoppage time equalizer to salvage a point for Sporting Kansas City against the Houston Dynamo on Friday night. Brad Davis put the Dynamo ahead in the 58th minute, but Houston was unable to hang on for the win.

The LA Galaxy defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-0 at The Home Depot Center, pulling even with Real Salt Lake. The match saw the debut of Christian Wilhelmsson who scored an insurance goal in the 58th minute. Robbie Keane opened the scoring in the 15th minute.

In a match where the Philadelphia Union controlled 63% of the possession, they still needed an equalizer in the 85th minute from Sheanon Williams to split the points with lowly Toronto FC. Eric Hassli opened the scoring for Toronto in the 58th minute. The teams are currently sitting in 9th and 10th positions in the East.

Although the Columbus Crew opened the scoring early, two goals from Thierry Henry book-ended a strike by Dax McCarty as the New York Red Bulls were 3-1 victors in New Jersey. After a strong run of results, the Crew have now dropped their last two.

D.C. United showed they can win without Dwayne De Rosario as they were 2-1 victors over the New England Revolution on Saturday. New England went ahead early through Kelyn Rowe but goals from Chris Pontius and Lewis Neal took the points for DC. With the win, D.C. put themselves into the final playoff spot in the East.

Continuing the trend, the Chicago Fire managed to comeback and beat the Montreal Impact 3-1 after the Impact went ahead early through Marco Di Vaio. Sherjill MacDonald, Alex, and former Sounder Alvaro Fernandez scored for the Fire. Montreal is rapidly falling out of the playoff picture in the East as Chicago sits comfortably in second place.

A dramatic 96th minute winner from Julian de Guzman took the points for FC Dallas as the Vancouver Whitecaps continue to struggle mightily. Although the Caps are currently hanging on to the final playoff spot in the West, they have now lost their last five games in a stretch where they have scored just a single goal.

The San Jose Earthquakes strengthened their position atop the Supporters Shield standings with a comprehensive 2-0 victory over Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center. Chris Wondolowski converted a penalty and Alan Gordon scored from the run of play as the Quakes continue to roll.

But wait there's more

In MLS - The LA Galaxy are being sued over shorting an agency who recommended Robbie Keane. Real Salt Lake went and acquired a bench player from Atletico Madrid just prior to the Roster Freeze. The league has a non-discrimination, don't take the insults too far campaign.

While the Olympics get the most money for a "single" event, soccer still rules the roost when it comes to which sports drives fans to spend money on product sponsors. It's no surprise that the Sounders are maximizing their efforts along those lines.

Welcome the Arlington Aviators to the PASL indoor soccer league.

Lastly, this is big news as it looks like their will be an internal CONCACAF conflict as Canada is already pursuing the 2026 World Cup and Mexico just announced that they will be doing the same. Will the USA also enter that contest or pick which of their NAFTA neighbors to support instead?

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