Major Link Soccer: San Jose turns 40, unveils new logo

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose celebrates its 40th anniversary with new kits and a new design for its shield.

Seattle

Diego Pinzón of FutbolMLS.com wrote on MLSsoccer.com that Fredy Montero is the most intelligent Colombian player in the past decade, going on to argue in favor of Colombia's national team giving Montero a chance to earn a spot on the World Cup roster.

A few college soccer teams in Washington received commitments from recruits recently. Colorado Rapids Academy defender Quentin Pearson, who is ranked 14th on the IMG Academy 150, committed to Washington. Pearson is in the class of 2015. From the class of 2014, Boise Nationals midfielder Peyton Harris committed to Seattle Pacific and Portland Timbers Academy defender Ben White committed to Gonzaga.

With the Sounders holding the top spot in the allocation order and today's deadline for making a decision on Marco Pappa, Hot Time in Old Town looks at what Chicago would have to give up to bring back its former player. With that in mind, Chicago Fire head coach Frank Yallop claimed that although he is interested in Pappa, Seattle's asking price is too high.

The 2014 USL Pro schedule was released yesterday, and the Sounders Reserves will play two matches against USL Pro sides: May 18 vs. LA Blues and June 1 vs. LA Galaxy II, with both matches taking place at Starfire.

Sports on Earth has a nice feature on the emergence of Seattle Reign and USWNT striker Sydney Leroux as a star.

If you live somewhere in 253, AO Tacoma is holding its inaugural viewing event for the USMNT friendly on Saturday at Doyle's Public House in Tacoma at 2:00 PM.

MLS

The San Jose Earthquakes unveiled its new kits for this season in a press conference yesterday, including a retro red kit. The team also revealed a new logo at the press conference.

Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Giminez confirmed on Wednesday that a press conference for David Beckham's MLS ownership group will be held next Wednesday.

The LA Galaxy announced its signing of Swedish midfielder Stefan Ishizaki from Allsvenskan side Elfsborg.

Philadelphia Union assistant coach Brandon Burke has left the team's coaching staff to seek coaching opportunities elsewhere. Burke was also the head coach at Reading United when Sounders draft picks Damion Lowe, Jimmy Ockford and trialist John McCarthy played there last year.

Chivas USA will be counting on former Sounder Mauro Rosales to provide the spark necessary to turn things around in 2014.

Former Sounder Marc Burch has retained his allegiance to the Seahawks, despite moving to the Rapids during the offseason. His new teammates are attempting to turn him into a Broncos fan ahead of the Super Bowl.

After spending the past two seasons on loan to Colorado from Argentina's Rosario Central, Martin Rivero will not return to the Rapids in 2014, as the team declined its purchase option.

US Soccer

Jermaine Jones is heading to Turkey to join Besiktas on loan. The loan will last 6 months and comes with a $1.2 million purchase option.

Freddy Adu is currently training with Championship side Blackpool, though it's unclear if he's official on trial there or if he's merely attempting to maintain his fitness as he attempts to find a club.

The USMNT may play its last friendly before the World Cup at Red Bull Arena at the end of May or the beginning of June.

Former USMNT goalkeeper Tony Meola is no longer being considered for the position of head coach at Jacksonville's expansion NASL club.

Landon Donovan will be one of the biggest keys to the success of the USMNT at the World Cup this summer, but there's no telling exactly which role he will play on the pitch in Brazil, and he's fine with that. Donovan also reflected on the strides that have been made in terms of youth development in the US and sees that as one of the more important factors in the growth of the game in the US.

Europe

As the January transfer window closes in England, the Guardian published an article asking why scientists aren't as well-paid or allowed to move around the globe as freely as pro athletes. That was soon followed by an article noting the similarities between soccer and science.

In their Copa del Rey match against Real Sociedad yesterday, Racing Santander players staged an on-pitch strike over a wage dispute with the club, causing the match to be abandoned.

In Copa del Rey matches that did take place, Atlético Madrid and Barcelona secured their spots in the semifinal round.

Dani Osvaldo has been loaned to Juventus from Southampton. As Osvaldo was sold by Roma to Southampton last summer and the club is now in a Serie A title race with Juventus, Roma can't be pleased with this news.

Clubs in England's Football Conference voted against allowing artificial turf pitches in its 3 divisions. The final vote was 21 against to 11 in favor of an artificial playing surface. Artificial turf would help mitigate the poor quality of playing surfaces at many pitches during winter months.

FIFA

FIFA announced yesterday that it has requested an update on working conditions in Qatar from the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy in Qatar by February 12.

TV Listings

Friday
Eredivisie 11:00 AM Feyenoord vs. Vitesse ESPN3
Ligue 1 11:30 AM PSG vs. Bordeaux beIN Sports USA, Univision Deportes
Bundesliga 11:30 AM Eintracht Braunschweig vs. Borussia Dortmund Gol TV USA
La Liga 12:00 PM Granada vs. Celta de Vigo beIN Sports en Español
Primera A (Colombia) 5:00 PM Medellín vs. Deportivo Pasto TV Colombia
Liga MX 5:30 PM Morelia vs. León Azteca America
International Friendly 6:00 PM USWNT vs. Canada Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes
Saturday
Championship 4:15 AM Queens Park Rangers vs. Burnley beIN Sports USA
Premier League 4:45 AM Newcastle United vs. Sunderland NBC Sports
Bundesliga 6:30 AM Schalke 04 vs. Wolfsburg Gol TV USA
Premier League 7:00 AM Stoke City vs. Manchester United NBC Sports, Mun2
La Liga 7:00 AM Barcelona vs. Valencia beIN Sports USA, beIN Sports en Español
Ligue 1 7:30 AM Lorient vs. Monaco Univision Deportes
Serie A 9:00 AM Cagliari vs. Fiorentina beIN Sports USA
La Liga 9:00 AM Levante vs. Rayo Vallecano beIN Sports en Español
Bundesliga 9:30 AM Hannover 96 vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach Gol TV USA
Ascenso MX 10:00 AM Cruz Azul Hidalgo vs. Alebrijes de Oaxaca Mexico TV
Ligue 1 11:00 AM Evian TG vs. Ajaccio Univision Deportes
La Liga 11:00 AM Getafe vs. Real Valladolid beIN Sports en Español
Serie A 11:45 AM AC Milan vs. Torino beIN Sports USA
Primera Division (Chile) 12:00 PM O'Higgins vs. Santiago Wanderers TV Chile
Primera Division (Uruguay) 12:00 PM Racing vs. Nacional Gol TV USA
Primera A (Colombia) 12:15 PM Alianza Petrolera vs. Boyacá Chicó TV Colombia
La Liga 1:00 PM Málaga vs. Sevilla beIN Sports en Español
International Friendly 2:00 PM USMNT vs. Korea Republic ESPN2, UniMás
Primera A (Colombia) 2:30 PM Fortaleza vs. Santa Fe TV Colombia
Liga MX 3:00 PM América vs. Atlante Univision
Liga MX 3:00 PM Santos Laguna vs. Toluca Univision Deportes
Liga MX 3:00 PM Veracruz vs. Puebla Univision Deportes 2
Primera A (Colombia) 4:45 PM Deportes Tolima vs. Envigado TV Colombia
Liga MX 5:00 PM Guadalajara vs. Cruz Azul UniMás
Liga MX 5:00 PM Monterrey vs. Tigres UANL Univision Deportes
Liga MX 5:00 PM Pachuca vs. Atlas Univision Deportes 2
Liga MX 7:00 PM Chiapas vs. Querétaro Univision Deportes
A-League 10:00 PM Brisbane Roar vs. Central Coast Mariners Fox Sports 2
Sunday
Premier League 5:30 AM West Bromwich Albion vs. Liverpool NBC Sports
Serie A 6:00 AM Atalanta vs. Napoli beIN Sports en Español
Serie A 6:00 AM Roma vs. Parma beIN Sports USA
Premier League 8:00 AM Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace NBC Sports
Ligue 1 8:00 AM Rennes vs. Olympique Lyon beIN Sports USA
La Liga 8:00 AM Real Betis vs. Espanyol beIN Sports en Español
Bundesliga 8:30 AM Bayern Munich vs. Eintracht Frankfurt Gol TV USA
La Liga 10:00 AM Atlético Madrid vs. Real Sociedad beIN Sports en Español
Liga MX 10:00 AM Pumas UNAM vs. Tijuana Univision, Univision Deportes
Campeonato Paulista A1 (Brazil) 11:00 AM Palmeiras vs. São Paulo Gol TV USA
Serie A 11:45 AM Juventus vs. Inter Milan beIN Sports USA
La Liga 12:00 PM Athletic Club vs. Real Madrid beIN Sports en Español
Primera Division (Chile) 12:00 PM Antofagasta vs. Universidad Chile TV Chile
Liga Nacional (Honduras) 12:00 PM Deportes Savio vs. Victoria Centro America TV
Primera A (Colombia) 12:15 PM Itagüí Ditaires vs. Atlético Huila TV Colombia
Primera A (Colombia) 2:15 PM Millonarios vs. La Equidad TV Colombia
Primera Division (Uruguay) 3:00 PM River Plate vs. Peñarol Gol TV USA
Primera A (Colombia) 4:15 PM Deportivo Cali vs. Atlético Nacional TV Colombia
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