Major Link Soccer: Stefan Frei up for Goat of the Week and Save of the Week

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Plus Charles Bronson gets covered in butter for a prison fight.


Stefan Frei had both a great game and a horrible game against Vancouver over the weekend. Frei made a save to preserve the tie in the one-billionth minute that is up for Save of the Week. Of course, the reason why it was a tie is because Frei made a very poor decision. The Vancouver game symbolized Frei's up and down season with the Sounders perfectly, and Sigi Schmid and goalkeeper coach Tom Dutra talked with the media about it all.

DeAndre Yedlin's World Cup call up was exciting for a lot of people, especially his old friends and teachers at O'Dea High School, where he was the team's captain.

Being the astute and focused soccer fans we all are, you already knew that DeAndre Yedlin logged 28 minutes in the USMNT's 2-0 win on Tuesday. Clint Dempsey was held out of the match because of groin stiffness. But back to Yedlin, the internet created this:


NYCFC Director of Football Claudio Reyna said the new MLS franchise doesn't have three years locked into play at Yankee Stadium.

Landon Donovan was named the MLS Player of the Week for Week 12 after a two-goal performance made him the league's all-time leading scorer. He is the first LA Galaxy player to win the award this season. As expected, Donovan also topped the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 as well.

The expansion of BMO Field got a bit cloudy after Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the owners of Toronto FCcancelled plans to include the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in the venue's plans.

The Vancouver Whitecaps outshot the Seattle Sounders 24-8 in last weekend's match. Over the past three games, they have outshot their opponents 67 to 23. Head coach Carl Robinson doesn't have any plans to take the foot of the gas despite the Whitecaps' struggles to finish.

With the MLS Reserve League coming to a close at the end of 2014, MLS teams have been looking towards USL Pro teams to get minutes for reserve players. Now that the newly-created Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC are entering the fold in 2015, it looks like the Rapids might have found their partner.

Toronto FC has needed a bit of help with the midfield this season, and Waking the Red explores why former Sounder Sebastien Le Toux might be the best man for the job.

Real Salt Lake is rolling into Seattle minus a few players because of the World Cup and injuries. Forward Alvaro Saborio is off on World Cup duty and Joao Plata will most likely miss the match after aggravating his hamstring.

ESPN might test drive a different policy when it comes to streaming MLS games, and it is only a good thing. The sports behemoth is reportedly mulling over the idea of streaming games to fans without cable subscriptions.


In one of the most Onion-like headlines in some time, Charles Bronson, one of England's most famous criminals, reportedly once covered himself in butter before attacking prison officials because Arsenal won the FA cup.

ESPN has a pretty absurdly gorgeous longform on Luis Suarez that is well worth the time to read it, or at least look at it.

Reports are saying AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf will be sacked just four months into his two-and-a-half year contract.

Mauricio Pochettino is officially your new shot caller at Tottenham. The 42-year-old is the Spurs 10th manager since 2001 and replaces Tim Sherwood.

While the idea of relegation/promotion seems like a good thing, Bavarian Football Works has a nice counterpoint on how it affects a league in a potentially negative way.

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