Major Link Soccer: Neagle Gets Win, Hitched

Lamar Neagle is getting MARRIED! - Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Mr 253 is engaged. Sorry ladies.

Seattle

Points are valuable commodities. For reference, today is March 10th, and the Seattle Sounders have three points. Last season, we didn't have as many as three points until April 20th. The 2014 Sounders are outpacing the 2013 Sounders by more than a month, and just beat the defending champs. There's no reason not to feel pretty positive about the first result of the season.

Even the record amounts of rain (from which my hoodie is still recovering) could not dampen spirits at the Clink. It did however somewhat hinder the proper deployment of the latest tifo, which (supposedly coincidentally) used 74 gallons of paint.

ECS has immortalized the five stoppage time victories against Kansas City in a single video, and now none of us need to ever watch a highlight reel again.. until the Sounders do it again. An unusual perspective on the latest goal comes to us from JlokSeattle. A less unusual perspective is that of the defeated: here's The Daily Wiz' reaction to Chad Barrett's heroics. (I'm not saying that it is fun to read the comments of their gamethread, but...) The Sounders got a lot of things right as a team, and DeAndre Yedlin had a number of big time plays which will surely increase his name recognition.

Several former Sounders chimed in from around the world to wish the Sounders luck on Saturday.
One sent tacos

Another sent a firstborn.

The US U-17 Boys National Team was in town to see the Sounders win in the waning seconds, and will stick around to play the Sounders Academy in a friendly tonight at 7pm. As always, Starfire is the place to be.

If any of the ladies among us were looking to woo local boy Lamar Neagle, I'm sorry to say it is too late. Neagle has proposed to his middle school sweetheart, and she said yes, dashing the hopes of the xxs out there (pro tip: don't Google xx). Time to start putting down bets on the next local personality to get "dat (wedding) band". I sure hope he still has that sweet, sweet facial hair going on when the ceremony rolls around.

When it comes to fan support, Michael Gspurning's club doesn't appear to be in any way shape or form a step down. You'll understand when you see the instagram why it might be a fitting new home for Cerberus.

As soon as the Seattle Sounders signed Jimmy Ockford, he was sent to the New York Cosmos on a loan. Otherwise known as "that other blue and green team", the Cosmos are training in Dubai now as Ockford gets ready to make his professional debut.

We're all adults here, right? So there's no reason to find anything funny about this photo:

MLS

I'll have some links for newsworthy events in other games after each weekend, but Dave's Weekly Roundup is the place to go to find out what actually happened in MLS action.

It was a great weekend for MLS attendance. Strip the numbers of the outliers (Seattle at nearly 40,000, Chivas at a touch more than 8,000) and you'd still have an average of over 20k thanks to big crowds at LA, Houston, Dallas, Portland, and Vancouver. DC United was the only non-Chivas drag, with around 13,000 at RFK in person to see them get spanked by Columbus. All expectations are that they'll be a giver, rather than a taker, if/when their Buzzard Point stadium is built, but losses like that aren't going to move the political will in a positive direction.

Expect MLS' current record of increased growth to continue, as the league is more popular with kids than Major League Baseball according to an ESPN poll.

Mauro Rosales was a fan favorite with the Sounders. Now a member of Chivas USA, he's looking to do everything he can to help them finish better than recent seasons. He's off to a good start, being credited with two assists (including the late game winner) in a Chivas 3-2 victory over Chicago.

It was only in the waning seconds of the 2014 preseason that the Colorado Rapids elected to, you know, hire a head coach. They decided that Pablo Mastroeni, the guy who had been warming the seat since Oscar Pareja took a dump on it, was the guy to take the job "for the next ten years".

Having good players is great, but paying great players what they're worth under a salary cap can ruin a franchise. Mike Magee's rumored number is $500,000 a year, and whether or not that sort of contract is in the best interest of the Chicago Fire is up for debate. Also, some are thinking that the Fire may have taken their jersey sponsorship deal with Quaker a little too far.

SI's Grant Wahl seems to expect that the Portland Timbers will be the first Cascadia team to implement real grass in their stadium. Based on what or on which timeframe is anyone's guess.

Columbus Crew fans are massively agitated with the TV deal Columbus struck, blocking all their matches from non-Time Warner customers. The Crew released a statement asking supporters to overlook it. Additionally, all games on MLS Live within a 75 mile radius of Crew Stadium will be blacked out.

The city of Portland and the hometown Timbers have made a deal which will allow the soccer club to use the city flag in their marketing. The payout for the city? A mere 100 dollars a year. Guess which mayor is getting a new Netflix account!

SB Nation is doing some cool advanced stats stuff with MLS this year. Check out every team's shot types. While we're talking about advanced stats, MLSsoccer is talking about "secondary passes" and notes that passes from Brad Evans are more likely to result in another completed pass. And Soccermetrics bears out the 2014 MLS season with... magic... or something...

After all that reading, you're probably in need of a drink. This tumblr has some purportedly accurate MLS-themed cocktails.

United States

The US Open Cup will see a rule change this year allowing for better separation between each round.

A few Major Links ago we alerted you all to an ESPN documentary series following the USMNT in their run up to the World Cup. The series debut has now been announced for May.

Jurgen Klinsmann took a day away from his normal duties to crash SXSW.

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