Major Link Soccer: Sermanni aftermath

Doug Pensinger

Gulati was a bit evasive about exactly why Sermanni was fired

Seattle

For those of you who are outside the Seattle area, the Sounders are once again eligible for MLS Stream of the Week. Since they're taking on the team with the best record in MLS in FC Dallas, there's a strong chance that the match will win the vote for Stream of the Week.

After his hat trick in Portland, Clint Dempsey was named MLS Player of the Week by pretty much everybody, including Soccer By Ives. He was also named to the Sports Illustrated MLS Best XI.

After Dempsey was finished scoring, the Timbers Army was left stunned, leading NBCSN announcer John Strong to say, "You're looking at the Timbers Army, but you're hearing the Emerald City Supporters."

Simon Borg thinks Portland was fortunate to avoid having two players sent off last weekend.

Kevin Forrest, who played for the Sounders in the USL First Division in 2008 and in MLS in 2009, will play for the Spokane Shadow of the Evergreen Premier League this season.

ESPN Deportes Seattle radio host and Spanish announcer for Sounders Women and Sounders U23 Diego Arrioja is one of the two finalists for ESPN Deportes Dream Job.

The Sounders U23 just added a professional alumni section to its website to help fans keep track of former U23 players.

If you have significant management experience and work in finance, then the Sounders may have just posted an opening for your dream job (it's my dream job, anyway).

MLS

It used to be that MLS teams could weather a red card and grind out a result by staying compact defensively for the remainder of the game. So far this year, that doesn't seem to be the case any more.

Perhaps the most interesting thing that happened in the rematch of last year's MLS Cup Final between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake was the exchange on Twitter between Nick Rimando and Dom Dwyer that provided plenty of banter.

Sounder at Heart Andrew Weber is nominated for MLS Save of the Week, but for the first time since the first week of the season, Stefan Frei isn't. Meanwhile, all 3 of Portland's goal scorers were nominated for Goal of the Week, but again, no Sounders were nominated.

With his team currently holding the top spot in the allocation order, Toronto FC GM Tim Bezbatchenko admits that he would be interested in bringing Brek Shea back to MLS.

Real Salt Lake has added the 7th homegrown player in franchise history, after signing Justen Glad.

Former Sounder Mike Fucito scored in Sacramento Republic FC's 3-1 win over the Chivas USA Reserves.

Europe

After losing 1-0 to West Brom over the weekend, Norwich City fired manager Chris Hughton with just 5 games remaining in the season and the club sitting just 5 points above the relegation zone. Hughton has been replaced by the club's U18 manager Neil Adams. The move leaves England without a black manager in any of the top 5 divisions.

Tim Sherwood isn't faring much better. Despite the fact that his side dismantled Sunderland 5-1 over the weekend, reports are suggesting that he will be replaced after the end of the season.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson defended his club against critics of "big-spending Leicester", stressing the hard work his side have put in to win promotion to the Premier League.

Hull City season ticket holders narrowly voted in support of the plan to change the club's name to Hull City Tigers. Critics of the plan to change the club's name dismissed the vote, accusing the club's ownership of using loaded questions in the survey.

Bob Bradley won his second match with Stabæk, leaving his side at the top of the table 2 weeks into the season.

According to one report, Zinidine Zidane will take over as manager for Real Madrid in 2016, after Carlo Ancelotti's current contract expires.

A book about the events leading to Jose Mourinho's departure from Real Madrid claims that he once called his players "traitors" and accused them of leaking information to the media.

US Soccer

Jozy Altidore's struggles continue. Not only has he only scored 1 goal in the Premier League this season, but he was excluded from Sunderland's 18 and used in the U21 match instead.

Danny Williams and Aron Johannsson were able to get on the score sheet for their clubs over the weekend. Alejandro Bedoya scored against Monaco in a losing effort.

Julian Green had his left shoulder examined after injuring it in the friendly against Mexico. It is not yet known when he is expected to return to action.

USMNT U18 player Dembakwi Yomba has signed with Atlético Madrid.

Seattle Reign midfielder Megan Rapinoe scored a goal on Sunday, as the USWNT defeated China 2-0 in what turned out to be the last match in the short-lived Tom Sermanni era.

It's still not completely clear exactly why US Soccer decided to fire Sermanni, although USSF president Sunil Gulati insists that the decision wasn't made as a result of players turning against him. Instead, the team's performance at the Algarve Cup was the reason given for Sermanni's dismissal.

2014 FIFA World Cup

The World Cup is getting close, and it's beginning to look like Brazil will not be completely prepared when the first match kicks off. Specifically, the airport expansions necessary to accommodate hundreds of thousands of fans are unlikely to be completed in time.

5 Games to Watch

UEFA Champions League 11:45 AM Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid Fox Sports 2, Fox Deportes
UEFA Champions League 11:45 AM Chelsea vs. PSG Fox Sports 1
CONCACAF Champions League 5:00 PM Toluca vs. Alajuelense Fox Sports 2
Copa Libertadores 6:00 PM Cerro Porteño vs. Deportivo Cali Fox Deportes
Costa Rica Primera Division 7:00 PM Uruguay vs. Carmelita Telecentro
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