Two of the newest Sounders, Chad Marshall and Stefan Frei, spoke with members of the local media yesterday. Marshall is looking forward to playing at CenturyLink Field as one of the good guys for the first time. Frei seems happy that he'll finally have some more reliable defenders playing in front of him, especially Marshall.
If you were hoping that Mario Martinez might be the answer to the current lack of left midfielders on the Sounders roster, you may be disappointed with the latest news out of Honduras. Real España president Mateo Yibrín confirmed that Martinez will remain with the team through the 2014 Clausura (link in Spanish), meaning that the soonest he could re-join the Sounders would be July.
Reaction around the league to the Eddie Johnson trade
Jeff Maurer of the Washington Post isn't convinced that Johnson was the right player for DC United to sign to a DP contract, given the quality of signings made in recent years by teams with a decent amount of money to spend.
DC United general manager Dave Kasper was thrilled to secure Johnson's services, calling it "a big coup for the club". Based on recent reports, he may be privately hoping not to have a "coup" in the locker room, but it would be difficult not to improve over his team's 2013 MLS season.
Re-Entry Draft reshuffles some familiar faces
Chicago re-signs two players
Coaching changes around the league
After Jason Kreis left for NYCFC and C.J. Brown departed for a lateral move to Chicago, Real Salt Lake didn't have many in-house options available to them. There were reports previously that the team was interested in bringing back former assistant coach Robin Fraser, but it opted to name assistant coach Jeff Cassar as the new head coach. Cassar has been with the team since 2007.
Shortly after emerging as a candidate for the job as head coach of Chivas USA, Curto Onalfo withdrew himself from convention to become the team's next head coach. The Goat Parade points out that the team's recent track record with its head coaches was likely an obstacle to signing Onalfo.
FC Dallas plans on adding a third DP
FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo confirmed that the team plans on using all three designated player roster spots in the 2014 season. Players currently signed to a DP contract include Fabian Castillo and Mauro Diaz. Clavijo prefers a box-to-box midfielder with the third DP spot.
Vancouver gets new TV deal
The Vancouver Whitecaps will have all of their games televised on TSN in Canada next season. This is a big deal for MLS and an even bigger deal for Vancouver. Having games broadcast on TSN will help make games more accessible to Canadian fans outside of the Vancouver area.
Speaking of TV deals, the FCC ended the rule that prohibited cable broadcasters from airing games that were blacked out locally on over the air broadcasts due to insufficient ticket sales. Leagues can still include a provision in their contracts to effectively keep blackouts in place.
Over a week after Querétaro prematurely announced that it had signed USMNT fullback/midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, it was confirmed that he will stay at Puebla after the club's fans demanded that Beasley be re-signed.
Fresh off of winning the 2013 Apertura, Leon goalkeeper William Yarbrough said that it's too early for him to decide his national team future. As his parents were born in Texas, Yarbrough is eligible for both the USMNT and El Tri.
Bob Bradley's recent decision to turn down the offer to coach the Vancouver Whitecaps told us what we already assumed: he wants to coach in Europe. It's not yet clear exactly where in Europe he will land or when it will happen, but he has a chance to break down one of the last barriers for Americans on the global stage.
Best Moment in US Soccer History
The votes are in, and the winner of the fan vote for the greatest moment in the history of US Soccer is Abby Wambach's stoppage time equalizer against Brazil in the quarterfinal of the 2011 Women's World Cup. It's difficult to argue with that moment as the winner, particularly because the goal came of what may have been the greatest cross in US Soccer's history off of Megan Rapinoe's left foot.
In a recent two-part interview with Empire of Soccer, NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson addressed MLS expansion into NASL markets as well as plans to expand the availability of matches through local and national broadcast deals.
Recently retired MLS Cup winning goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen is reportedly in talks with Oklahoma City Energy FC to become the team's first head coach. With Orlando City moving to MLS in 2015, Oklahoma City could replace Orlando as Sporting Kansas City's USL Pro affiliate.
Oklahoma City will only have to wait a year to begin a local rivalry with a USL Pro team, with Tulsa joining the league in 2015. Sports Illustrated's Brian Straus notes that the third division league will have at least 15 teams in 2015, representing a significant expansion from the 6 third division teams that existed in 2010.