Major Link Soccer: Bloggers find faith and fault in weekend performances

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Weekend reviews from the blogosphere and media, plus corruption allegations both fake and real.

Let's start Tuesday looking back at some of Monday's best opinion on the weekend's MLS performances:

- In Vancouver frustration is mounting, and after the loss at FC Dallas one blogger has accused the side of "surrender" (Eighty Six Forever).

- Meanwhile, FC Dallas is doing so well that even the Dallas Morning News, not known for covering the team closely, is starting to notice. A columnist makes the argument that Brek Shea's move to England has allowed the team to improve (dallasnews.com).

- In L.A. they are trumpeting the triumphant return of Landon Donovan, who was outstanding in the Galaxy's win over Sporting Kansas City Saturday night (LAG Confidential).

- And finally, in Denver bloggers are none too happy with the loss to the Sounders. This blogger calls the loss to Seattle a "gift" (Burgundy Wave).

With news last week of the Sounders exploring a link in Tacoma, the talk of loaning players out to a USL team has heated up locally. It seems to be working at least in one place as Philadelphia Union players on loan helped the Harrisburg City Islanders become the first USL team to beat an MLS reserve squad (MLSSoccer.com).

Word out of England is that long-time Bolton Wanderers star Kevin Davies is set to join Toronto FC at the end of the English campaign (lionofviennasuite.com).

Monday, Twitter and the football world were abuzz when some amazing tweets showed up from the accounts of both FIFA and Sepp Blatter. The tweets admitted corruption and included a comment from Blatter admitting he took cash payments. Late in the day the "Syrian Electronic Army - hackers sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar Assad" claimed they were the ones who took over the accounts and posted the tweets (sports.yahoo.com).

Corruption at the highest level of world football is no joke, though. CONCACAF leaders Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer are the subject of a damning new report alleging embezzlement and fraud in the millions of dollars. It's possible both the FBI and IRS may look into the matter (soccerbyives.net)

- Scott Ayers

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