Major Link Soccer: Sounders Knocked out of Playoff Position, Kaka to Orlando City?

Note the black armbands. - USA TODAY Sports

RIP Julio Chavez

Wednesday meant games for eight teams this week, and while Los Angeles and Portland were kind enough to draw, Vancouver was interested in no such favors as they mopped up a sad sack Chivas USA. They instead leapfrogged the Galaxy and Sounders for the fourth playoff spot in the West. That means that Seattle is currently on the outside looking in. Don't fret though; with more than half the season to play, Seattle has games in hand on every team ahead of them in the standings, and can catch all but Montreal and Dallas with wins in those remaining games.

4 Vancouver Whitecaps 22 15 1.47 6 5 4 25 24 1 18 7 7 -6
5 LA Galaxy 21 15 1.4 6 6 3 22 18 4 12 10 10 -6
6 Seattle Sounders FC 21 13 1.62 6 4 3 19 15 4 12 6 7 -2
7 Colorado Rapids 20 16 1.25 5 6 5 17 16 1 10 1 7 0

Chivas may have found themselves distracted in their match against the Whitecaps after news broke today of one of their youth players dying in a car accident. Julio Chavez, captain of the club's U-18 team, had been in the Chivas system for three years. Some players wore black armbands during their Wednesday match, and the entire team will adorn themselves for their Saturday fixture in LA.

Staying in Southern California, Sounders fan favorite Peter Vagenas has been named LA Galaxy Academy Director. The player had a long and respected career with the Gals, and seems well positioned to work with the kids in their system. The Galaxy will suddenly start turning out talent that can't be stopped when intercepting a bad pass.

Starting yesterday, our very own Dave Clark will be turning out content for the Sounders U-23s

It seems that MLS hopefuls Orlando City are not content to wait until 2016 for expansion. They seem to think that it could happen a year earlier, in 2015, where they would share the spotlight with newcomers NYCFC. Not only that, but the head coach of the current USL side is convinced that world renowned soccer icon Kaka would be the first to don Orlando's purple. It would certainly make a statement, one great enough to overshadow the expansion business farther north. However, it all seems rather unlikely, mostly that the team shows up in 2015.

The city of Los Angeles is pushing for a downtown MLS stadium, likely to compete with Carson's Stub Hub center.

Relive the excitement of the Italy-Japan Confederations Cup match here, and read about the underdog of underdogs here.

Promotion and Relegation seems like a pipe dream at the professional level, but Burgundy Wave has an idea, a THEORY if you will, that the system could be pulled off at the collegiate level of soccer. There are complications that aren't brought to light, but it is still an intriguing plan.

The USMNT has a few months off before their next HEX match in September. But some aren't done looking back at just what the States have accomplished, currently with a nice lead over Mexico and their other CONCACAF competitors. The victory over Honduras was key, allowing the States an outside chance to clinch the World Cup berth in their next game. Brad Evans may have earned a spot on the roster in 2014. And while there was some debate over the appropriateness of the fan support in Sandy, Utah, the result was nothing short of ideal.

Are the Bolton Wanderers taking notes from ECS and other MLS Supporters Groups? SB Nation's "Lions of Vienna Suite" seems to think so.

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