In a month and a half, the best(ish) of MLS will face perpetual Italian stalwarts (and future MLS side?) AS Roma in the MLS All-Star Game. Among those (eligible) who seem to have some support are Michael Gspurning, DeAndre Yedlin, Osvaldo Alonso, and Djimi Traore. All worthy choices, though certain absences are still noticeable. While not a candidate, Servando Carrasco has become a key piece of the Sounders starting lineup.
The United States' most popular sports league has instituted a change that could very well be coming to other leagues in the near future. Now, normal bags and purses will not be allowed into NFL stadiums. Instead, folks will be expected to use clear plastic bags. Season ticket holders for the Seahawks will be receiving said bags as part of their ticket package, but it seems that the NFL is wagering the inconvenience of bringing food in bags will get more folks to buy their concessions inside (this move has apparently been in the works since before the Boston Marathon). It may be a while, but don't be surprised if this policy comes to MLS within the decade.
You may have some USMNT burnout after the lovefest that was last week, but allow me to trouble you with one more helping of praise before tomorrow's Utah match. Kick TV took a look at the fans for both the Sounders and National games for one of the best and most comprehensive videos on the subject yet made.
Another day, another story out of NYCFC. The Bronx now wants to compete for the stadium of the new Yankees-owned club, while Queens has been hesitant. I miss the old days when NYC stadium talk only went as far as a dock on Manhattan. Speaking of which, Brooklyn's NBA building may inadvertently help Seattle pick up an NHL team this fall. Barclays Center is terrible for hockey, and so is Key Arena.
San Jose has a new coach after Frank Yallop was fired last week, and this new coach did something the old one hadn't done in five weeks: win. He did so while kicking balls at opponents and arguing with player and coach alike.
The LA Galaxy have had a pretty sweet third kit for the last two years. Their black and gold look was good in a way I can't say about most teams with the same color scheme. Too bad this fan-designed new kit doesn't inspire such feelings. The thing is a disaster of epic proportions, and proof that voting only works when the people participating are worth the right.
Some may remember the Seattle man who attempted to dribble a soccer ball from the Space Needle to the World Cup. His journey ended prematurely, but this terrific article on Grantland details his final days in great detail.