Major Link Soccer: Green switch to USMNT official

We'll see you in Phoenix, Mr. Green.

Green is eligible to play in the April 2 friendly against Mexico.

Seattle

Nearly two centuries ago, English writer Charles Caleb Colton coined the phrase, "Imitation is the sincerest [form] of flattery." Not only did Obafemi Martins get on the score sheet this past weekend and perform his signature backflip, but a young padawan by the name of Dom Dwyer paid homage to Oba with a backflip of his own.

Djimi Traore was named to both the Sports Illustrated and the MLSsoccer.com Best XI for week 3.

Former Sounder Erik Friberg got his first start with Bologna this past weekend in a 1-0 win over Cagliari that took Bologna 2 points clear of the Serie A relegation zone.

During the broadcast of the Sounders game in Montreal, Kasey Keller referred to the cameo appearance he and his own goal against Real Salt Lake made in Fifty Shades of Grey. If you're curious, you can read the section of the book in question for yourself.

The MLS Save of the Week nominees include a save from Stefan Frei against the Impact, in addition to the Troy Perkins save that prevented an Oba Martins brace.

If you're a Sounders fan living outside the Seattle area and don't have a subscription to MLS Live, you may want to vote for next weekend's game against Columbus as the MLS Stream of the Week.

The Kitsap Pumas have signed former Sounders trialist, Seattle Redhawk and Yelm native Miguel Gonzalez, in addition to four other players.

Brad Evans took to Instagram to find out who rocked the teen ID's the best.

MLS

The Sounders back line will have its collective hands full when it faces the current MLS Player of the Week Bernardo Anor next weekend.

There is reason for hope though. The Brotherly Game found that the expected goals from Philadelphia's match with Columbus was actually the inverse of the 2-1 result in favor of the Crew.

Columbus has also parted ways with team president Mark McCullers.

The New England Revolution is getting new artificial turf at Gillette Stadium. It happens to be the same FieldTurf Revolution product used by the Sounders and the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The new turf will be broken in when the Houston Dynamo visit on April 12.

David Beckham's ownership group released designs for a 25,000 seat stadium at PortMiami that would offer spectacular views of Miami's skyline. Despite the beauty of the designs, there has been considerable criticism of putting a stadium in the port. For his part, Beckham isn't afraid of taking on the critics.

DC United is also facing some criticism of the land swap deal for its proposed new stadium.

Ever since the concept of an expansion team in New York City began to emerge, fans have wondered if the expansion franchise would take fans away from the Red Bulls or create its own fans. One former Red Bulls fans and dues-paying member of a NYRB supporter group has switched his allegiance to New York City FC, sealing it with a tattoo.

Real Salt Lake striker Joao Plata will miss 3 weeks with a strained hamstring.

With Portland Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts serving a red card suspension and set to undergo an MRI, noted Sounder at Heart Andrew Weber will get the start next weekend against FC Dallas.

NWSL

While the low salaries for non-allocated players have helped keep the NWSL operational beyond its inaugural season, they have also limited the number of experienced players in the league.

US Soccer

FIFA has approved Julian Green's request to change association from Germany to the United States. He is now eligible to play in the April 2 friendly against Mexico in Phoenix.

It looks like USMNT midfielder Alejandro Bedoya has brought the "I Believe" chant to France.

Europe

Despite mistakenly sending off the wrong player in last weekend's match between Chelsea and Arsenal, referee Andre Marriner has been assigned to work next weekend's game between Southampton and Newcastle.

Bayern Munich will be forced to play the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal against Manchester United in a partially closed stadium, due to a homophobic banner displayed by a Bayern supporter in the round of 16 against Arsenal.

England's Football League has blocked Massimo Cellino from buying Leeds United, citing a recent conviction of failing to pay import duties by an Italian court.

Already allowed until the first round proper of the FA Cup, artificial playing surfaces will now be allowed throughout the entire tournament.

Bundesliga clubs voted to reject implementing goal-line technology, largely due to concerns over cost (nearly $700,000 per club every 3 years). It's just too bad nobody could think of an example in Bundesliga in which goal-line technology would have been useful.

World Cup

Italy national team manager Cesare Prandelli has reportedly agreed to a two-year contract extension that would keep him in charge through Euro 2016. Italy's runner-up finish at Euro 2012 and its unbeaten run in World Cup qualifying likely made the decision to extend Prandelli's contract prior to the World Cup a bit easier.

The mayor of one host city in Brazil is threatening to pull out of the World Cup if funding legislation isn't passed.

Mexico looked to an unusual source for inspiration for its World Cup jerseys: the mask of WWE wrestler Rey Mysterio, Jr.

5 Games to Watch

Bundesliga 12:00 PM Hertha BSC vs. Bayern Munich GOL TV
Premier League 12:45 PM Manchester United vs. Manchester City NBCSN, Live Extra
Premier League 12:45 PM Arsenal vs. Swansea City Live Extra
Serie A 12:45 PM Roma vs. Torino beIN Sports, beIN Sports Play
Copa Libertadores 7:00 PM Santos Laguna vs. Peñarol Fox Deportes
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