Major Link Soccer: Bayern Munich make history

Oliver Hardt

Jermain Defoe is all the rage in Toronto along with all the other news from Tuesday.

Seattle

Alan Hinton's weekly MLS power rankings have the Sounders sitting at No. 3, trailing Toronto FC and Houston.

Sounders defender Djimi Traore was named to the MLSSoccer's team of the week. He is the second sounder to garner the honor, with DeAndre Yedlin nominated in Week 1. Obafemi Martins was an honorable mention for Week 3 after scoring his first goal of the season.

MLS

The Sounders stood pat at No. 6 and FC Dallas moved to the top of MLSSoccer's power rankings for Week 3.

The Castrol Index awarded Jermain Defoe the top player in Week 3. Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei landed at No. 4 and forward Obafemi Martins was at No. 7.

Here is an interesting piece on the Krafts and their ownership over the New England Revolution. Boston Magazine details how Bob and Johnathan Kraft are one of the best NFL ownership groups, but also one of the more lifeless MLS ownership groups.

Ex-Sounder James Riley will miss at least two months after he tore his meniscus on Saturday. Riley was hurt in he 30th minute after a challenge by Real Salt Lake's Ned Grabavoy.

Inspired by Wayne Rooney's absurd shot from midfield, MLSSoccer compiled the top five goals scored from midfield in MLS history.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced a multi-year partnership with MLS on Tuesday. It is the first multi-year sports sponsorship in on area for the airline.

Burgundy Wave makes the case for ex-Sounder Nathan Sturgis to be moved into the starting linup, detailing how the player finds trouble in staying in starting lineups at each team stop he makes.

Jermain Defoe is doing a fine job of scoring for Toronto FC, but Waking the Red asks the question if Toronto has a game plan that doesn't rely so heavily on counter attacks. Speaking of Toronto, the players of D.C. United were less than satisfied with the condition of the pitch during a 1-0 loss at BMO Field. Former sounder Eddie Johnson didn't mince any words, saying "The field was crap." Fabian Espindola called it an absolute disaster and one of the worst fields he has ever played on.

Europe

And just like that, Bayern Munich were crowned champions of the Bundesliga after a 3-1 victory over Hertha BSC. It is the 24th time Bayern has won the league and came with a record seven games to spare.

Things got real ugly for Manchester United as Manchester City dominated in a 3-0 win on Tuesday. Things started out pretty poorly for Man U as Edin Dzeko needed just 42 seconds to score the first goal of the game.

Arsenal...ouch.

Roma is prepping for a big push for Premier League players, reportedly eying Romelu Lukaku, Davide Santon and Pulinho the most.

Inter Milan president Erick Thohir also has big targets to go for during transfer season. When questioned by the media, Thohir admitted to being interested in Fernando Torres, Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Morata.

Rest of the world

To celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, Brazilian good guys Corinthians signed 26-year-old Caio Tadeu Batista. Batista is a member of the national soccer team for athletes with Down syndrome.

Someone in Japan thought it would be a clever idea to hang a banner that said "Japanese Only" inside Saitama Stadium. Instead, the Urawa Red Diamonds were punished and forced to play in an empty stadium. The sign was reportedly hung in the section behind the goals, which is apparently "reserved" for the diehard fans and not any foreigners interested in checking out a game.

Watch out for the under-18ers in the Faroe Islands, they are pretty good.

Jóannes Bjartalíð from Jóhan Thomsen on Vimeo.

World Cup

Canada is after the 2026 World Cup and has detailed its plan of attack for hosting.

The egg on FIFA's face over the 2022 World Cup just continues to increase after it was revealed that the investigation of allegations about corruption almost came to a halt when members discussed overthrowing the chief investigator and scrapping the ethics committee.

Drug testing for the World Cup in Brazil is under a bit of scrutiny because the country doesn't have a testing program with a lab accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The last World Cup player to test positive for PED use was Diego Maradona in 1994.

The Guardian's ongoing series on the 25 most stunning moments in World Cup history tells us the story of Columbian footballer Andres Escobar, who was shot dead after scoring an own goal against the U.S. in 1994.

Five to watch

Serie A 12:45 p.m. Fiorentina vs. Milan beIN Sports Play
Premier League 1 p.m. Liverpool vs. Sunderland NBC Sports Network
La Liga 2 p.m. Sevilla vs. Real Madrid beIN Sports USA
La Liga 2 p.m. Atletico Madrid vs. Granada beIN Sports Play
Copa Libertadores 6 p.m. Deportivo Cali vs. O'Higgins Fox Sports 2 Cono Sur
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