Major Link Soccer: The Sounders are the best team ever since 2009

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Not that any of us doubted that in the first place.

Sounders

We all know the Sounders have been good, but Joshua Mayers pointed out how good the Sounders have been since 2009 - the best team in MLS, beating out LA Galaxy by one point.

The latest episode of Seattle Soccer Talk aired on Tuesday, and even if you don't like sports radio, you should give this one a listen since all-around good guy Jeremiah Oshan was one of the guests.

MLS

For the incoming fans, the rules of MLS might seem a bit convoluted compared to other major sport leagues in America. The fine folks over at Brotherly Game have a fantastic, visual-filled article detailing how the Homegrown Player Rule works out, and what it means as the league expands.

The big news around the league is that MLSSoccer.com is prepping for the World Cup in the most correct way possible - by upgrading the MatchCenter. Click here to see all of the new upgrades.

Orlando City isn't a MLS squad quite yet, but they are setting up to make a big splash. Rumors have swirled around Orlando City's interest in Kaká, but recent reports say that Robinho might be the star Brazilian that lands in time for the 2015 debut.

USMNT

The makers of ESPN's 30 for 30 are producing a series on the USMNT as they prepare for the World Cup. Here is the first episode.

Europe

Samuel Eto'o says he is still capable of playing at the top level, but it most likely won't be with Chelsea. Especially considering recent comments leveled at Jose Mourinho.

Love or hate Mario Balotelii, he still gets a whole load of everything thrown his way that no one deserves - even when training in Italy for the World Cup.

The Guardian has a great profile on Klas Ingesson, the current manager of IF Elfsborg, who keeps on sticking with the game despite a diagnosis of incurable cancer.

World Cup

There are a lot of interesting ways to prepare for the heat in Brazil. The Italian National Team is training inside of a sauna to prepare for the humidity. The Japanese team...well, they are doing something no one is sure what it is.

The Brazilian players' union has sued FIFA to change the World Cup kickoff times. The federation wants all games starting no earlier than 4 p.m. so that players aren't subjected to the intense heat. Right now, 24 matches are scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m.

Grantland is going through profiling players to keep an eye on in the tournament. Thomas Muller is today's topic of conversation.

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Ballack thinks that Germany National Team coach Joachim Low should hang up his spot after the World Cup, even if the team wins.

US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said the United States is interested in a bid on the 2026 World Cup, but only if the rules change - taking aim at the controversy that has surrounded the bid for Qatar.

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