When Evans returns from national team duty, he will step into a new role as the clear leader of the Sounders for the first time since joining the team in its inaugural season in MLS.
Evans is one of the best penalty takers in MLS, but he's also one of the few non-shooters in the league to regularly take penalties for his team. Analysis of penalties taken in the past 3 Premier League seasons suggests that teams may want to consider allowing players that aren't typically shooters to take penalties for them.
SoundersFC.com has a preview of today's final two rounds of the 2014 MLS Superdraft, including a list of the top available midfielders and forwards. MLSsoccer.com also has a preview for the third and fourth rounds of the draft.
At the National Soccer Coaches Assocation of America (NSCAA) conference in Phiadelphia, Sounders Women assistant coach Zahra Lechak was named the US Youth Soccer Coach of the Year for girl's youth soccer.
It seems like everybody has an opinion to offer concerning Richard Sherman's post-game interview with Erin Andrews on Fox, immediately after the Seahawks defeated the 49ers in the NFC Championship game. Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin wrote on Sports Illustrated's website that the only difference between Sherman and most MLS players is that he was put on live television immediately after the game ended.
MLS may soon have another franchise sharing its stadium with a professional football team, and I'm not talking about the possible expansion to Atlanta or Minneapolis. According to recent reports, BMO Field may undergo construction this summer to expand its capacity from 22,000 to 30,000. Waking the Red sees this as a pretty clear indication that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment plans to allow the CFL's Toronto Argonauts to share the stadium with Toronto FC.
Montreal Impact announced that the supporters section will be located closer to the pitch in the matches played at Olympic Stadium, which includes matches against the Sounders, New York Red Bulls and Chicago Fire.
Tony Cascio is apparently moving to Houston from Colorado on loan in exchange for an international roster spot. The within league loan rule was introduced last year. This would be the first time it is used.
MLS is considering a tweak to the playoffs that would give the higher seed its choice of which leg to host in two leg playoff series.
If you're concerned about the future of the US Women's National Team, you probably shouldn't be. After securing a spot in the 2014 U-20 Women's World Cup in the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship, the US U20's defeated Mexico 4-0 to claim their third consecutive CONCACAF title and the fourth in the past five tournaments. In a show of complete dominance under head coach Michelle French (formerly of Sounders Women), the United States outscored its opponents 29-0 throughout the competition. The U-20 World Cup will be held in Canada this summer.
West Bromwich Albion will lose its current shirt sponsor over Nicolas Anelka's quenelle gesture and the club's decision to continue to select Anelka for its matches. The current deal, which expires at the end of the season, is the most lucrative sponsorship agreement in West Brom's history.
Franck Ribery isn't pleased that Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or at his own expense, arguing that leading Bayern Munich to 5 major trophies in 2013 should have mattered more than Ronaldo's individual performances.
Atlético Madrid has successfully re-signed creative midfielder Koke until the end of the 2017-18 season, increasing his release clause from $33 million to $82 million, which may force Manchester United to consider less expensive alternatives.
Barcelona plans to renovate Camp Nou to expand its capacity to 105,000 at a cost of over $800 million.
FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne has some interesting ideas for rule changes, including orange cards for incidents that require sending a player into a proposed sin-bin.
|Capital One Cup||11:45 AM||West Ham United vs. Manchester City||beIN Sports USA|
|Copa del Rey||12:00 PM||Espanyol vs. Real Madrid||beIN Sports en Español|
|Coupe de France||12:00 PM||Olympique Marseille vs. Nice||ESPN3|
|Copa MX||12:55 PM||Cruz Azul Hidalgo vs. CF Pachuca||Univision Deportes|
|Coppa Italia||1:45 PM||Roma vs. Juventus||beIN Sports USA (tape delay)|
|Copa MX||4:55 PM||Puebla vs. Correcaminos UAT||Univision Deportes|
|Copa MX||4:55 PM||Veracruz vs. Lobos BUAP||ESPN Deportes|
|Torneos de Verano||5:00 PM||Racing Club vs. Newell's Old Boys||Fox Deportes|
|Copa MX||6:55 PM||Pumas UNAM vs. Delfines||ESPN Deportes|
|Copa MX||6:55 PM||Querétaro vs. Celaya||ESPN3|