Major Link Soccer: The Most Accurate Passer in MLS is...

Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Osvaldo Alonso leads the league in passing accuracy. The other Sounder in the top 50 may surprise you.

Seattle

Much like Eric did yesterday, KOMO's Tom Glasgow sees the current success local college teams are having as further evidence that Seattle is as big of a soccer city as you're likely to find in the United States.

MLSsoccer.com offered a breakdown of the 50 most accurate passers in the league in 2013. Osvaldo Alonso finished the season at the top of the list with a 88.58% pass completion rate. The only other Sounder in the top 50 was Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, who completed 84.4% of his passes, which placed him 22nd in the league.

Sounders Academy product and potential future Home Grown signing Aaron Kovar scored the winning goal for Stanford over #5 Cal last night. Kovar and Jordan Morris also assisted Stanford's first goal.

Major League Soccer

RSL Soapbox takes a look at how lineup changes throughout the season affect the performance of the team on the pitch. Sounders fans will find this interesting, given that Sigi Schmid only repeated a lineup once in the 2013 season.

Ahead of the team's upcoming tour of Indonesia, DC United is looking into the possibility of streaming its matches there.

Another MLS coaching change is being made. Chivas USA head coach Jose Luis Real is reportedly returning to Guadalajara and will not continue as the head coach of the MLS franchise. Paco Palencia will be his replacement, if the reports are correct.

Orlando City SC is set to make the announcement of its acceptance as a MLS expansion team next Tuesday. There is also a separate press conference scheduled for Monday that may be an announcement of stadium naming rights.

With Orlando's spot in MLS secured, attention will begin to shift toward Miami, where David Beckham appears to be stepping up efforts to bring MLS back to Miami.

In the past decade, MLS has gone from having most of its teams playing in facilities that are not ideal for professional soccer to having almost every team in a stadium that gives each team a chance of success at the box office. One of the remnants of MLS 1.0 is the New England Revolution. It now appears that the hopes for a soccer stadium in Boston for the Revs may be contingent upon the city securing the 2024 Summer Olympics.

The search for a new head coach for FC Dallas continues. The newest name being linked with the job is former Colorado Rapids and Stevenage boss Gary Smith. Smith told the Dallas Morning News that his agent has been in contact with FC Dallas but he has not yet interviewed for the position.

US Soccer

With Mike Magee being snubbed by Jürgen Klinsmann after having a 2013 MLS season arguably worthy of the MVP award, Phil Schoen of beIN Sport decided to name his first and second team of uncapped American soccer players. Lamar Neagle and DeAndre Yedlin were included in the first team.

Going into the winter, Klinsmann has made it clear that there are certain players that he wants to go on loan to teams in Europe in the January window. Despite his recent injury, Clint Dempsey looks like he is the most likely player to secure a loan in the Premier League, with speculative reports linking him to 4 different teams.

Tim Howard weighed in on the possibility of governing bodies taking action to prevent incidents like Tottenham's handling of the head injury to Hugo Lloris recently.

World Cup Intercontinental Playoffs

In the first leg of the playoff between New Zealand and Mexico, El Tri easily defeated the Kiwis at Azteca by a score of 5-1. Barring a collapse of historic proportions, Mexico will join the US, Costa Rica and Honduras in Brazil next year.

In the first leg of the other playoff yesterday, Uruguay beat Jordan 5-0.

NASL

Expansion team Indy Eleven may get a 10,000 capacity stadium at the site of a former GM plant in the next few years. The team's owner has said that he wants a permanent stadium to be completed by 2017.

USL Pro

Sacramento Republic FC may have found a home stadium for its inaugural season next year. A temporary 8,000 capacity stadium would be built at the site of the California State Fair. It also appears that SRFC is close to an affiliation agreement with the Portland Timbers.

England

Derby County FC, the club where Ross Fletcher got his first play-by-play announcing job and where Alan Hinton made more appearances than with any other club in his career, has sold naming rights to its stadium to global sports drink company iPro. The 10 year deal is worth $11.2 million.

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