Major Link Soccer: Matias Laba is on his way to Vancouver

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

The Toronto FC DP drama is over for the time being and find out who the referees will be for the very first Sounders match.

The U.S. Soccer Federation inducted Kristine Lilly into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Lilly was the proud owner of a 24-year career highlighted by two Olympic gold medals and two World Cup victories. She has 352 caps, more than any player in the history of the world.

Sounders

With Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans clogging up the midfield of the Sounders rotation, Andy Rose seems like he would be an afterthought. There is an argument for that, but Andy Rose doesn't want to hear it.

The Bent Musket muses about the prospect of Sharlie Joseph breaking camp with the New England Revolution. Joseph is spending time with the Revs as a trialist in camp, but the Sounders would need to buy out the rest of his contract for the reunion to take place.

Starbucks is cashing in on the Sounders game with a limited edition Sounders FC card that can be loaded with money just like a normal Starbucks card. Check it out here.

MLS

MLS and the Professional Referee Organization released the referee assignments for the opening weekend of the MLS season. The list is available here.

Argentinian midfielder Matias Laba will head to the Vancouver Whitecaps on load from Toronto FC. After Toronto's very splashy foray into the off-season netted Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley, Toronto suddenly had the problem of too many designated players.

James Riley moved from LA Galaxy trialist to LA Galaxy member on Tuesday. Riley was brought in to provide depth at right back but also spent some time learning the ropes of left back while Todd Dunivant was gone.

D.C. United and the Charleston Battery go way back, all the way back to 1999 when D.C. United was shocked by Charleston. Since then, supporters from both sides created the Coffee Pot Cup, where the victors get to indulge in a trophy full of beer courtesy of the losing side. Since the cup was formed, Charleston hasn't ever tasted victory.

USMNT

It seemed like a long time coming, but with all the political unrest in Ukraine, the USMNT finally moved the upcoming friendly on March 5 out of harms way. The game has been moved from Kharkiv to Cyprus, and the host city and kick off time will be determined later.

NASL

The Atlanta Silverbacks signed Belize national team forward Deon McCaulay on Tuesday. McCaulay was one of three players to score 11 goals in the qualifying rounds for the 2014 World Cup. He is the national teams all-time leading scorer with 16 goals in 28 appearances.

Champions League

Borussia Dortmund fans got a beatdown from Zenit St. Petersburg supporters, putting another ugly black eye on Zenit during the Champions League. The UEFA already ordered Zenit to close sections of its stadium because of racist chants and fireworks against Austria Vienna earlier this season.

Bundesliga

Julian Draxler, the youngest player to make 100 appearances in the Bundesliga, is attracting his fair share of attention these days. The Schalke midfielder also refused to rule out a transfer to Bayern Munich as he keeps his options for getting quite rich this year open.

Bayern Munich might be onto something here as the team is scheduled to open its first overseas subsidiary on April 1 in New York City. The goal of the company is to enhance Bayern's global marketing position and brand as well as find new partners in the States. The office is set to open with three employees.

EPL

Tottenham are planning to open the bank to keep Jan Vertonghen in case the Spurs keep on falling. Tottenham fell six-points behind fourth-placed Liverpool and a bit of discontent has appeared in the ranks. THe SPurs have an option to add an extra year to Vertonghen's contract.

Serie A

There aren't too many rules consistent across sports in the world, but one constant remains the same -- when upset, don't touch the ref. Fiorentina's Borja Valero is now facing a four-game suspension for placing a hand and pushing the official while protesting a red card.

World Cup

Roy Hodgson is pulling out all the stops trying to get the English National Team mentally ready for the World Cup this summer. Hodgson enlisted the help of Sir Dave Brailsford to give a pep talk to the English team. Brailsford is one of the main reasons British cycling has risen to such high prominence over the past two decades.

In more Hodgson news, he is worried about the psychological effects penalty kicks had on his team in the past, and is considering bringing in a psychologist to assist his team to maximize points off penalty kicks.

Local support for the World Cup in Brazil is at an all-time low according to a report from Bloomberg. Enthusiasm has dropped as Brazil has struggled to get the World Cup ready in time for the start of the tournament, with only 52 percent of the poll supporting the World Cup taking place in Brazil.

Odds and ends

Earlier this month, a Leyton Orient fan tweeted at the club's chief executive saying he would clean every seat in Matchroom Stadium's East Stand if the team brought back Bosnian goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovich. Fast forward a few days, Jakupovich is back on the team, and Craig Delew cleaned over 3,500 seats.

A referee felt so bad by a Norwegian club losing 15-0 that he called negative(?) stoppage time and blew the whistle at the 83' minute. He didn't actually call negative stoppage time, but a pity whistle was definitely in order.

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