Major Link Soccer: Cherundolo retires

Taylor Twellman called him the most underrated USMNT player of the modern era

Yedlin, Sarkodie top the list of promising young right backs to replace Cherundolo

Seattle

Despite a forecast calling for 3 inches of snow, the Montreal Impact's front office doesn't believe it will cause the match against the Sounders to be postponed, due to a new protocol at Olympic Stadium.

If you're interested in Seattle soccer history and use Twitter, you should follow Frank MacDonald if you aren't already.

Sigi Schmid was subjected to a bit of MLS trivia again. This time, the question was a bit more up his alley.

MLS

New York City FC revealed its official club badge, as voted on by the fans.

Is possession overrated? Michael Bradley thinks so. Since his team won in Seattle last weekend with only 32.3% of the game's possession, he may have a point.

Real Salt Lake's plan to start an academy and perhaps a USL Pro team at the site of an old golf course in Oceanside, California was rejected yesterday, as supporters of the golf course showed up to raise their objections to the site being used for any purpose other than golf. Despite that, it appears that the golf course is not the only location RSL is interested in.

The Portland Timbers and the City of Portland have renegotiated the stadium deal to reflect the cost of replacing the artificial turf. It was originally assumed that the turf would last for 9 years, but the turf degraded after only 3 seasons. The new deal reflects the costs incurred by the Timbers in replacing the turf every other year.

Mauro Rosales is off to a fast start with Chivas USA, but can he keep up this form and make a serious case for MLS MVP?

The Philadelphia Union has brought back Brazilian midfielder Fred via the MLS waiver draft.

Houston took over the top spot and Seattle feel from 2nd to 9th in the latest Power Ranking Average compiled by RSL Soapbox.

CONCACAF Champions League

After 3 MLS teams were eliminated by 3 Liga MX teams in the CCL quarterfinals, many fans and writers have searched for the reasons why MLS teams continue to struggle in the competition against Mexican opponents, in the hope that a formula for advancing against Mexican sides in the knockout phase can be found.

Then again, there are some who don't think MLS performance in CCL is all that meaningful.

After his side had the narrowest escape of a Liga MX team against a MLS team, Toluca manager José Cardozo criticized the style of play used by the San Jose Earthquakes:

Here [in Mexico], they say soccer has grown a lot in the United States, but I honestly don’t know in what way.

For their part, the San Jose Earthquakes have launched a formal complaint to CONCACAF alleging that Toluca illegally filmed one of their training sessions.

US Soccer

USMNT veteran fullback Steve Cherundolo announced his retirement on Wednesday, after 87 caps with the USMNT and 423 career appearances with Hannover, where he spent his entire professional career. Cherundolo was the starting right back for the past two World Cup cycles, leading many fans wondering where the future of the right back position lies. Fortunately, it seems to be in capable hands, led by our own DeAndre Yedlin and Houston's Kofi Sarkodie.

The USMNT will start a U21 national team program, with a focus on qualifying for the 2016 Olympics. It also represents the next step in Klinsmann's vision for advancing youth development in the United States.

Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar are through to the quarterfinals of Europa League, after protecting a 1-0 aggregate lead over Anzhi Makhachkala for 90 minutes.

Julian Green insists that he wasn't promised a spot on the USMNT World Cup roster this year. His father believes that Green's relationship with Klinsmann played a key role in his decision to commit to the USMNT.

World Cup

ESPN revealed the names of its six play-by-play announcers for its coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. As expected, the group is led by Ian Darke.

Several FIFA executives have been questioned by American lawyer Michael Garcia, who is investigating the process that awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Garcia interviewed all 12 current executives who cast votes when the bids were awarded in 2010.

MLS commissioner Don Garber made his strongest statement yet on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, calling it a "monumental disaster", given recent news of investigations into bribes of FIFA executives.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron believes the 2018 World Cup bid was decided in advance.

Europe

The conflict over whether Crimea belongs to Russia or Ukraine has spilled over into soccer. Two Crimean clubs plan on finishing the current season in the Ukrainian Premier League, but they have begun talks to join the Russian Football Union -- a move that would require the blessing of Ukrainian Football Federation.

After his side was eliminated by Benfica, Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood doesn't hold Benfica manager Jorge Jesus in high regard, stemming from an incident in the first leg when Jesus taunted Sherwood. Sherwood says that he has received letters of support from Benfica fans, apologizing for the behavior of their side's manager.

The UEFA Champions League field is down to 8, and it just may be the strongest ever "elite eight" field in the history of the competition -- with PSG the only team coming from outside the top 3 leagues in Europe.

Former Tottenham, Chelsea, and Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas has landed with Zenit in the Russian Premier League.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is still holding out hope that he can make the World Cup roster for Spain.

Borussia Dortmund players aren't too happy with the behavior of their supporters in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16.

Everton has extended its partnership with Chang as the club's shirt sponsor, in a deal potentially worth over $26 million over the next 3 seasons, making it the most valuable shirt sponsorship deal in the club's history. Chang has been Everton's shirt sponsor for the past 10 years.

With Barcelona and Real Madrid separated by 4 points in the La Liga table and Atlético sitting between them in second place, this weekend's El Clásico may be among the most important matchups between Spain's two juggernauts -- at least in terms of determining the winner of the league title. Barca Blaugranes provides a recap of the past five Clásicos.

5 Games to Watch

Friday
Ligue 1 12:30 PM Lorient vs. PSG beIN Sport, beIN Sport Play, Univision Deportes
Bundesliga 12:30 PM Freiburg vs. Werder Bremen GOL TV, My German TV+
La Liga 1:00 PM Celta de Vigo vs. Málaga beIN Sport en Español, beIN Sport Play
Liga MX 6:30 PM Morelia vs. Santos Laguna Azteca*, ESPN Deportes
Liga MX 8:30 PM Tijuana vs. Puebla Azteca*, ESPN Deports
Saturday
Premier League 5:45 AM Chelsea vs. Arsenal NBCSN, Mun2, Live Extra
MLS 1:00 PM Montreal Impact vs. Seattle Sounders Q13*, Univision Deportes
MLS 1:00 PM Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy NBCSN, Live Extra
Liga MX 4:00 PM América vs. Veracruz Univision*, Univision Deportes
Liga MX 7:05 PM León vs. Cruz Azul Telemundo*, Telemundo Deportes
Sunday
Premier League 6:30 AM Tottenham vs. Southampton NBCSN, Live Extra
La Liga 9:00 AM Real Betis vs. Atlético Madrid beIN Sport, beIN Sport en Español, beIN Sport Play, Xfinity Latino Entertainment Channel
Liga MX 11:00 AM Pumas UNAM vs. Monterrey Univision*, Univision Deportes, El Rey
MLS 12:00 PM Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls UniMás, MLS Live
La Liga 1:00 PM Real Madrid vs. Barcelona beIN Sport, beIN Sport en Español, beIN Sport Play, Xfinity Latino Entertainment Channel

*available on basic cable and over the air in Seattle

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