Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Roma and Olympiakos are the eight teams that will partake in the Guinness International Champions Club in 2014, according to SI.com. The tournament will be held in late July in a bunch of cities that aren't anywhere near the Pacific Northwest (Denver is your closest shot).
The Soccer Convert does another bang up job of detailing the Sounders practice down in Tuscon while we all suffer through the cold.
Not specifically Sounders related, but Seattle related and worth a read. Notable Seattle enthusiast Lindy West points out Seattle is now a city full of winners. Perhaps the Sounders will follow suit this year?
New York City FC are still a year away from kicking the ball around, but in the meantime they have plenty of branding and marketing to do. That is why they took to the internet to ask fans to help them design the best logo. As to be expected, the internet responded in the way the internet responds to everything. Follow the madness with the #myNYCFC hashtag on Twitter.
Miami had a MLS team way back in the day, and attendance at all events not hosted by the Heat are a hot topic in the age-full city. NBC Sports took to the task of explaining why things will be different and better than the original Miami Fusion experience - spoiler alert: David Beckham. In more Beckham news, he is scheduled to make a significant announcement impacting the Miami community today at 7 a.m. PT. Meanwhile, the Miami New Times asks the question: is Miami even ready for another MLS team?
DC United's Chris Pontius has a big goal for his team this year -- to win everything. Pontius told MLSSoccer.com he plans on winning the Open Cup, the MLS Cup and going pretty far in the Champions League. DC United hardly has the roster from last season and how well they mesh will be one of the more interesting stories to start the year.
James Riley has joined the LA Galaxy and their training camp. Riley played 21 games with DC United last season and was released during the Re-Entry Draft process. In more Galaxy news, Robbie Rogers spoke with MLSSoccer.com about making a statement and impact this season.
Sports Illustrated has a nice little article on what can be gleaned from the USMNT's limited and short 12-day practice down in Brazil.
After a brush of an elbow sent Andy Carroll off the field in the West Ham and Swansea game, the striker took to Twitter to air out his feelings. He had one word - DISGRACEFUL - to quite concisely sum up the situation, especially considering West Ham lost the red card appeal.
Jozy Altidore hasn't had the best of times since arriving at Sunderland this summer, and admitted to ESPN FC that he had a bit of confidence issues. Sunderland manager Gus Poyet isn't concerned by the lack of results and expects Altidore to be fine in the near future.
Everton announced a five-year deal with the iconic double diamonds of Umbro. The deal officially starts on June 1.
ESPN FC has an article talking about the new key to modern football - speed. Michael Cox uses Chelsea as an example to highlight why it is working. The Guardian joins the praise circle with an article about Jose Mourinho and Chelsea's tactical transformation.
Swansea City and manager Michael Laudrup are no longer on good speaking terms after he was fired. Garry Monk has been promoted to head coach. The Swans currently sit precariously balanced in 12th place in the EPL.
Freddy Adu played for one-half in a closed-door training match for Blackpool FC over the weekend. Adu hasn't played an official match since Aug. 28 after a failed stint with the Brazilian club Bahia.
Christiano Ronaldo was suspended three games for his altercation with Carlos Gurpegui and Ander Iturraspe. He will not miss Wednesday's Copa del Rey match against Atletico Madrid, however.
The Union of Central American Football announced the Copa Centroamericana tournament, a tournament comprised of the champions of the Central American national teams and the qualifier for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, will be held in the United States in September. The top five teams in the tournament qualify for the Gold Cup.
The defending champions Spain highlight the group of national teams that will practice in the United States to preepare for the World Cup. An affiliate of MLS is organizing exhibition games in late May an early June featuring Spain, Greece, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Honduras, Bolivia and El Slavador.