It sounds like Sporting Kansas City is bringing some very strong away support for the season opener this weekend:
Sporting KC is bringing 400 supporters. Toronto is bringing 60+. Far more folks traveling away to Seattle. Time to go to work. #OurYear— EmeraldCitySupporter (@WeAreECS) March 3, 2014
The News Tribune's Don Ruiz got into Oscars fever yesterday, prompting him to hand out Sounders pre-season awards. He also noticed a new tarp in the upper levels at CenturyLink Field:
Hmmm. Looks like a new green upper-deck tarp for Sounders this season. pic.twitter.com/Ym4MVIcsfo— Don Ruiz (@donruiztnt) March 4, 2014
National and local voices seem to agree that Clint Dempsey's loan to Fulham was far from a resounding success, but as Ives Galarcep reminds us, the true value of the loan for Sounders and USMNT fans will be determined in the next few months in his minutes with Seattle and the national team.
The USMNT's upcoming friendly against Ukraine reminds Seattle Sounders sporting director Chris Henderson of when a coup attempt occurred in the Soviet Union just after he and his USMNT teammates left the country following a match against the USSR.
If you're looking for something to do next Sunday, you might want to head over to Husky Soccer Field, where the Washington Huskies will face the Sounders:
Chipotle and MLS announced a major partnership yesterday. Chipotle will now be a corporate partner for 12 MLS teams. Fans in those markets will be able to take advantage of a ""buy-one-get-one" deal if they are wearing gear from their local MLS team.
The bigger news is that Chipotle will sponsor the inaugural MLS Homegrown Game, which will be played during All-Star week in Portland this summer. The game will feature homegrown players from MLS rosters. Chipotle launched ChipotleHomegrown.com to promote the game.
Omar Gonzalez is the first MLS spokesman for the partnership:
Gonzalez may not be the MLS spokesman for long, though. In a recent episode of the Total Soccer Show, Corner of the Galaxy's Josh Guesman hinted that Gonzalez may be heading to Europe after the World Cup.
MLS commissioner Don Garber has joined CONCACAF's Caribbean professional league task force. The task force will hold its first meeting in Los Angeles next week.
Garber will conduct a live Season Kickoff Q&A today at 12:00 PM PST on YouTube and MLSsoccer.com.
The Chicago Fire acquired left back Greg Cochrane from the LA Galaxy in exchange for a conditional 2016 draft pick. His new teammate Mike Magee denies that his recent absence was an attempt to hold out, citing personal reasons. It was also announced that the team is getting a dedicated weekly talk show on Chicago's ESPN radio station.
Chivas USA announced the signing of Spanish midfielder Dani Fragoso yesterday. Fragoso most recently played for Spanish third division side L'Hospitalet. Team president Nelson Rodriguez announced that Chivas USA has both an option to extend the Erick "Cubo" Torres loan for the full 2014 season and an option to purchase Torres from Guadalajara.
The Sounders weren't the only MLS team revealing new kits yesterday. Houston announced its new secondary kit. The LA Galaxy unveiled its new primary kit. Portland unveiled its new kits and other merchandise in a fashion show.
Canada women's national team coach John Herdman isn't ready to commit to sending Canada's allocated players to NWSL beyond the 2014 season. He is particularly concerned about the potential of injuries and how training and playing on artificial turf might affect his team at the 2015 Women's World Cup.
After his side took home the Capital One Cup this weekend, the trophy somehow came apart while Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany was hoisting it in celebration.
This reminded me of the time Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos dropped the Copa Del Rey trophy from the top of a bus.
You may remember something about Arsenal attempting to sign Luis Suarez last summer. In the end, the attempt failed, due in part to miscommunication on what may or may not be a buyout clause in his contract. On Sunday, Liverpool FC owner John Henry admitted that there is a buyout clause in his contract, leaving many Arsenal fans feeling vindicated. Henry's comments didn't exactly offer clarification on how Liverpool was still able to reject Arsenal's offer after Arsenal made an offer that met the release clause. It's worth noting that, at the time, the PFA confirmed that the contract does not require Liverpool to sell Suarez -- even if a minimum fee requirement is met.
Eintracht Frankfurt manager Armin Veh announced that he will leave the club when his contract expires this summer.
Stuttgart manager Thomas Schneider's job may be in jeopardy after his side lost its eighth consecutive match yesterday against Eintracht Frankfurt.
The new home jersey for the USMNT and the USWNT was officially unveiled yesterday.
Jürgen Klinsmann thinks the USMNT can one day be strong enough to become a semifinalist at the World Cup. For this year, he's just trying to get out of the toughest group in the tournament.
DaMarcus Beasley scored the only goal of the match on Sunday, as Puebla defeated Querétaro in Liga MX:
Stuart Holden suffered another setback yesterday in his first match back with Bolton Wanderers. Holden was taken off in the 22nd minute after going down with a knee injury. If you're looking for silver lining, his club offered what it could after he was substituted off:
For those asking, Holden was able to run off unaided down the tunnel. Update as and when we have it. (38) 0-1 #BOLvEVE— Bolton Wanderers FC (@OfficialBWFC) March 3, 2014
In the first piece of a four part series, ESPN FC's Roger Bennett looks back at the 1994 USMNT and the World Cup that changed everything for soccer in the United States.
Alexi Lalas talked on ESPN FC about his experience before, during, and after the 1994 World Cup: