If you're on Twitter, yesterday was an experience you'll probably never forget. If you're not on Twitter, you missed a pretty epic emotional roller coaster. If you were on Sounder at Heart yesterday, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Suffice it to say that the Clint Dempsey to Seattle transfer rumors are far more plausible now than they were 24 hours ago.
Dempsey's USMNT teammate Brek Shea could miss up to 4 weeks due to an injury suffered playing in a friendly for Stoke against Philadelphia. On the positive side for Stoke, it looks like they could make a move for Juan Agudelo before this transfer window closes.
In Europa League, Erik Friberg's Malmo FF suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Swansea in the first leg of the third qualifying round. With his side all but eliminated, perhaps there is an opening for the Sounders to bring the taco loving Swede back to Seattle. Also in Europa League, a match in Ukraine was overshadowed by a violent outburst in the away section that left one fan in serious condition.
Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times has a cool story about a local 55+ women's team that is participating in the World Masters Games in Italy.
There is a new member of the SB Nation soccer family. The Siren's Song is your new source for all things related to Napoli. Be sure to drop by and say hello.
If you were holding out on getting a MLS Live subscription, it has been discounted to $39.99 for the remainder of the season. Even if it doesn't allow you to watch live Sounders broadcasts, the archived match feature is a good alternative to a DVR, particularly if you're like me and don't have a cable subscription.
Orlando has long been one of the cities on everybody's expansion shortlist. It now appears that they are on track to be announced as the 21st MLS franchise in October. They would join the league in 2015 with New York City FC.
If you're waiting for word on when a USL Pro team in Tacoma would begin playing, there's some encouraging news today. A MLS executive recently made comments that seem to indicate that most teams will have affiliations with existing USL Pro teams or their own USL Pro teams by the end of 2015.
Next Monday, Real Salt Lake's communications team will be participating in an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit. That will afford MLS fans the opportunity to ask about the often inflammatory nature of the tweets from the team's official Twitter account. RSL midfielder Yordany Alvarez has been handed a 3 game suspension for his tackle that injured Tim Cahill.
No summer would be complete without international soccer stars trying their luck at American sports and subsequently embarrassing themselves. Cristiano Ronaldo threw out the first pitch at a recent LA Dodgers game. His pitch was just a wee bit high and outside. As if that wasn't awesome enough, Andrea Pirlo and Leonardo Bonucci tried to figure out American football. They looked slightly more convincing with the pigskin than Ronaldo did with a baseball. Only just.
In England, the Football League is celebrating its 125th anniversary with some special opening round matches between founding member clubs. One of their clubs, Reading, is facing government investigation over the method by which their new owner took control of the club.
Also in England, Alan Hinton will be happy to know that Louis Tomlinson, a member of One Direction has joined League Championship side Doncaster Rovers as a non-contract player
The New York Cosmos are set to debut in the fall season of NASL, and the Empire State Building is doing their part to celebrate the relaunch of the team.
FC Barcelona is visiting Israel and the West Bank this weekend as part of their Peace Tour. They will host clinics for both Israeli and Palestinian children, in addition to meeting the Israeli Prime Minister and Palestinian President.
In the wake of the deadly attacks between hooligan supporters of Boca Juniors, the Argentine Football Association has ruled that many fans will not be able to attend matches this season. In particular, there will be a universal ban on away support.
An 11 year old player for De Anza Force's academy has been signed by Real Madrid's academy. According to the player's blog, he is the first American they have ever signed to their academy.
We all know that former USMNT manager Bob Bradley is attempting to lead Egypt to the 2014 World Cup. Another American is attempting to lead a country on the other side of the globe to World Cup glory. Dan Gaspar will serve as Iran's goalkeeper coach at the World Cup next year in Brazil.
Have a great weekend, everybody. Hopefully, #DempseyWatch2013 will continue and propel the Sounders to 3 points against FC Dallas.