This is perhaps my least favorite Major Link Soccer since I volunteered for duty here at Sounder at Heart. At one point last night I had the Sounders-Tampa and U.S.-Belgium on side-by-side screens on my laptop. Sigh.
Here's a link to a story about the beat-down Belgium put on the National Team.
Up in British Columbia the Impact de Montreal (sorry, my grandpa was French Canadian) booked a spot in the next CONCACAF Champions League on the away-goals rule in a 2-2 tie with Vancouver. I hear it was a thrilling game, with Montreal tying it in the 84th minute, but I couldn't find a stream to watch it anywhere.
One Cascadia team was victorious Wednesday, as Portland Timbers ran up a 4-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 5-1 victory over the USL-Pro team from Wilmington, North Carolina in Open Cup play down in Portlandia.
The Fire (who got a goal from newcomer Mike Magee), Crew, Red Bull, and Dynamo, all advanced as well.
The Sounders weren't the only MLS team to fall Wednesday, though. L.A. Galaxy went down 2-0 to the NASL's Carolina Railhawks in a game that Bruce Arena didn't even bother to attend.
Homegrown players could end up being very valuable for MLS squads. In Seattle, you have to wonder if someday DeAndre Yedlin transfers to someplace and brings cash to the squad. In Dallas, they have already cashed in. If you didn't see it in the "transfers post," Dallas' homegrown keeper Richard Sanchez was transferred to Tigres Wednesday. Some Dallas fans aren't thrilled - would have liked to see him play some before he left.
Here's hoping your Thursday is better than Wednesday was.
- Scott Ayers