Sounders fans were disappointed yesterday to hear that the team won't be getting any allocation money from the Fredy Montero transfer. Meanwhile, DC United just made $600,000 on a player they had for just over a month. If that isn't enough to make fans frustrated at MLS rules, Toronto FC thinks they can sign Diego Forlan and a youth DP, bringing them to 4 Designated Players.
Our favorite trequartista may want to think twice about finalizing his deal with Sporting CP, after a kidnapping attempt was made on one of their players in an attempt to prevent him from transferring to Chelsea. According to the player's agent, the kidnapping attempt was encouraged by someone in the club's management. He is now attempting to have his contract with Sporting rescinded. This isn't incredibly encouraging news, should Fredy ever want to make a move to a team in the Premier League or La Liga.
It looks like the door is now closed on any move bringing Kaká to the New York Red Bulls. Elsewhere in the Eastern Conference, the Bent Musket named Federal Way native Kelyn Rowe as the Revolution player of the month. In Montreal, Marco Di Vaio won the FIFA 13 "vote" for a spot in the All Star Game.
Brazil continues to frustrate its soccer supporters in the lead up to next year's World Cup. The Maracana, one of the country's most famous stadiums, is considering taking steps to keep fans from standing, taking off their shirts or waving flags during matches.
In the home of the last World Cup, there is some sad news to report. 9 amateur players were killed in a car accident after playing in a match on Sunday. There are also reports that several of the host cities in the 2010 World Cup were cheated out of hundreds of millions of dollars.
Last night, the Gold Cup returned to Seattle with Panama taking on Martinique and Mexico facing Canada. Panama got the 3 points in a 1-0 win, thanks in part to a sending off of a Martinique player on a second yellow and a penalty in the final 10 minutes of the match. Mexico beat Canada 2-0 in front of a crowd of over 28,000 fans, good enough for a new Gold Cup record in Seattle.
In the relatively short period of time since he signed with the Sounders, much of the fan base has fallen in love with Obafemi Martins and his "Obaflips". A young player in Brazil demonstrated that Obaflips should probably come with a "Don't try this at home" warning. Shortly after scoring his first professional goal, Maurides had to be carried off the field on a stretcher after injuring his knee performing his own backflip celebration. In other goal celebration news, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah went absolutely insane celebrating his winning goal in a charity game put on by Steve Nash.