Major Link Soccer: Really, Colombia?

Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Despite his impressive start with Sporting CP, Fredy Montero was passed over for selection with Colombia's national team.

Sounders

Seattle's final 5 MLS regular season opponents are all in the hunt for either a playoff spot or playoff positioning. While it may be a tough ask to get enough points out of those matches to secure the Supporters Shield, it will make great preparation for the playoffs.

Despite Fredy Montero's impressive start to the 2013/14 season with Sporting CP (only Messi and Diego Costa have scored more goals in the top 6 leagues), José Pekerman did not call him up for Colombia's upcoming qualifying matches against Chile and Paraguay.

The #3 ranked University of Washington picked up an impressive 3-1 road win against Stanford last night, with Darwin Jones having a hand in all 3 UW goals (1 goal, 2 assists). Aaron Kovar created Stanford's only goal off a free kick. It was a game that demonstrated how the Sounders Academy has helped fuel UW's rise to the top, with 6 academy products on Washington's roster.

MLS

2015 MLS expansion side New York City FC announced a radio broadcast deal with WFAN, the iconic CBS-owned station that happens to be the most listened to sports radio station in the United States.

MLS is expanding its relationship with Match Analysis, with the completion of camera installations in every MLS stadium for the K2 Panoramic Video system that will track all the movements of players and officials.

Soccer By Ives takes a look at the candidates for MLS Coach of the Year. Sigi isn't mentioned, but that's not a huge surprise when you consider what the expectations were for each of their teams compared to expectations for the Sounders.

One of those candidates is Colorado Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja, who technical director Paul Bravo believes in so much that he wants him to be Colorado's coach "forever".

Over the past few seasons, it has been widely accepted that the New York Red Bulls are Thierry Henry's team. Is it possible that Tim Cahill is the true team leader? Unlike Henry, Cahill doesn't have a problem playing on turf in an important game late in the season.

Despite DC United posting nearly the worst regular season record in the history of the league, GM Dave Kasper has reportedly been offered a multi-year extension.

Remember when reports emerged earlier this year that FC Dallas and Mexico U20 goalkeeper Richard Sanchez had been sold to Tigres? Well, it turns out that Tigres paid about $1 million for a 70-75% stake in the player's rights. Despite that, he remains under contract with MLS after Sanchez decided that he wasn't crazy about the idea of playing for Tigres.

England

After the crest that was previously revealed was overwhelmingly rejected by Everton supporters, a new crest was revealed yesterday that sports a bit more of a traditional look. Roberto Martinez, Everton's manager, praised the new crest for upholding tradition.

The FA decided to celebrate its 150th anniversary, along with the 150th anniversary of the London Underground by posting a reworked image of the tube map, replacing the names of the stations with names of some of the most famous players to play in England. Check it out and see if you can locate the name of a Sounder. World Soccer thinks the map image looks familiar.

After getting off to relatively slow starts, Jose Mourinho and David Moyes are probably beginning to feel some pressure to begin producing better results.

Tottenham Hotspur supporters have been warned by police that they could be arrested if they use any form of "Yid" this weekend.

US Soccer

On the heels of DC United's unlikely triumph in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, Dynamo Theory asks whether it's worthwhile for MLS teams to take the tournament seriously. The answer to that question seems to largely depend on how seriously the team you support takes the tournament.

With the United States qualified for the 2014 World Cup and the MLS season nearing its conclusion, Jurgen Klinsmann's decision to bring in a first-choice team for the final qualifying matches has ignited the club vs. country debate in many MLS cities. Despite the annoyance of late season call-ups, it would help if MLS could figure out a way to stop scheduling games on international dates.

FIFA

So far, more than 4.5 million requests have been made for tickets to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

In light of recent revelations of work conditions in Qatar, the British government is making it clear that UK-based companies in Qatar are to adhere to workers rights standards.

The head of Qatar's World Cup committee has promised to act on reports of abuse of migrant workers, claiming that the World Cup won't be "built on the blood of innocents". He also doesn't seem concerned about the possibility of the 2022 World Cup being moved away from Qatar.

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan (a FIFA vice president) has called on FIFA to support workers' rights in Qatar in the construction of World Cup facilities and infrastructure.

Yesterday, FIFA began a two-day meeting that will determine whether the 2022 World Cup will be switched to the winter. Another item that will be up for discussion is the possibility of lifting the ban on home friendlies in Iraq.

The first FIFA Development Course in Somalia since 1986 was recently held in Mogadishu, which is aimed at assisting the development of soccer in Somalia. A similar program was recently offered to indigenous Australians.

Europe

After being sent off in his team's Champions League match against Napoli and serving the resulting suspension this week against Olympique Marseille, Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp had his suspension extended for one more match, meaning that he will miss the match against Arsenal.

Diego Costa has decided to represent Spain's national team instead of Brazil.

Technology

A new app is being developed that aims to help people find local pick-up soccer games and tracks stats and individual performances. The developers are in the midst of an online campaign to raise enough money to develop the app for the iOS and Android platforms.

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