Major Link Soccer: Clint Dempsey up for man of the month

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Plenty of soccer related links in this one.

Ever been one of the many that find golf a bit boring and find soccer a bit exciting? Look no further, as Tacoma will be opening the first footgolf course in the state of Washington at Meadow Park. What is footgolf? The following video might explain it a bit.

Seattle

Just a quick reminder, don't forget to vote for Clint Dempsey as the Etihad Airways MLS Player of the Month for April. He shouldn't have much of a problem winning it on his own, but like Dempsey's dominance this month, it should be a landslide.

Jordan Morris, currently a sophomore for the Stanford Cardinal, signed with the Sounders U-23 team on Tuesday. Morris has caps with the U.S. U-20 and U-21 National Teams and was first team All-Pac 12 as a freshman. He has scored 27 goals in 28 matches for the Sounders Academy.

Rapids centerback Shane O'Neill upheld his end of the bargain over a Super Bowl bet he made with DeAndre Yedlin. If the Broncos won, Yedlin would have to eat a Rocky Mountain Oyster. Because the Seahawks won, O'Neill had to eat a geoduck. Apparently, he didn't enjoy the experience. (author's note: geoducks are fantastic)

Adrian Hanauer sat down with members of the media for an interview that covered the split with the Seahawks on the business side, starting a USL PRO franchise and everything in between. It is well worth the read.

Brad Evans sat down with Matt Gaschk at SoundersFC.com to detail his slow recovery from a calf injury and how he plans on making a case to be including on the USMNT for the World Cup.

MLS

The Seattle Sounders are tops in the MLS Power Rankings, and rightfully so after a convincing win over Colorado on Saturday. The Sounders knocked Real Salt Lake off the king's perch. Both FC Dallas and Sporting KC fell a spot to No. 3 and No. 4 with losses. LA Galaxy rounds out the top-five.

Dempsey led the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 for the second time this season after scoring another two goals against Colorado. Dempsey was the overwhelming winner and fellow forward Obafemi Martins came in at third.

Toronto FC goalkeeper Júlio César has five more games before heading off for the Brazilian national team camp, and told MLSSoccer.com that he wants to leave the red in great shape before heading off on vacation. César has conceded seven goals in six appearances this year.

Pele stopped by to talk with the Miami Herald mainly about the subject of the World Cup. He also shed a bit of insight into what he thinks about the David Beckham led push to secure a MLS franchise in the city and he heavily emphasized the importance of having a star name like Beckham's attached to the project.

The negotiations between the City of Orlando and the Faith Deliverance Temple over a parcel of land to build a MLS stadium have hit a rough patch, and it looks like the deal won't go through - putting the plans of a stadium downtown in jeopardy. The Faith Deliverance Temple asked for $35 million for a piece of land valued at $650,000. The city of Orlando offered $1.5 million, but it looks like it might be heading down the eminent domain path.

Europe

The Independent has a great look into the wide discrepancy in quality of play from top to bottom in the League of Island. Much is to be made of the lack of people attending games regularly in Ireland, and much of this appears to be pinned on how bad the teams at the bottom of the table are.

Former English striker Rodney Marsh claimed he would drive to Stoke and clean each player's boots if Stoke City ever appeared as the first Match of the Day. A 3-2 victory by Stoke City over Chelsea way back on Dec. 7, 2013 was exactly that. Marsh made good with his end of the deal.

UEFA has offered settlements to both Manchester City and Paris-Saint Germain for breaching the financial fair play rules. Both teams reportedly can either accept the offer of sanctions, which might possibly involve a fine, or can attempt to negotiate for a lesser punishment. If no agreement is reached, the cases go to an independent panel for a final decision and potential punishment, which can be as drastic as exclusion from European competition.

After the year he had, it is no surprise that some lofty contract numbers are being thrown around Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Real Madrid reportedly are ready to offer £70 million for the new PFA Footballer of the Year and hope to have the deal in place before the start of the World Cup.

World Cup

Much of the world is getting rather excited for June to roll around. The rest of the world also hasn't had to deal with all the issues Brazil has in getting ready for the festivities. Brazil has had to deal with a bit of unrest in the general public, and now the trains are even getting in on the action.

It isn't just the local Brazilians and their trains that are upset. Many European players are upset with the start times of their games, the BBC reported. For many of the European teams to have their games broadcast to large audiences at home, they will have kickoff often as early as 1 p.m., when the temperatures of Brazil will sit at a sweltering level. The BBC reports that the players' favorite word choice to describe the start times is "inhumane".

Roy Hodgson is pretty set on the World Cup roster for England, saying he will not be judging players on "last-minute form". England will announce its 23-man team for the World Cup on May 13.

Landon Donovan, the face of the old face of the USMNT, might be looking at his last World Cup. He sat down with Jeff Carlisle of ESPN for a rather insightful interview into the USMNT's chances of pulling through the group and the attitude of the team heading in.

Soccer to watch

Clear out the schedule in the morning. Chelsea takes on Atlético Madrid, starting at 11:45 a.m. on Fox Sports 1 USA.

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