Major Link Soccer: Clint Dempsey is ours and you can't have him

Michael Steele

The entire nation is still reveling in the star Sounders' World Cup goal on Monday.

Seattle

To poach the popular saying over at the Seattle Mariners' blog Lookout Landing, Clint Dempsey is ours and you can't have him (although America you can definitely have him for this little tournament). Case and point -- this lovely, little expose courtesy of The Bent Musket.

The Sounders have a U.S. Open Cup match today against PSA Elite. It is the first competitive match at Starfire this season, but coach Sigi Schmid says the pitch isn't always the best for the Sounders.

MLS

There are a few reports circulating from Japan that former Japanese international Akira Kaji will be on Chivas USA quite soon. The MLS summer transfer window opens on July 9.

FC Dallas secured a win in the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, but for fans at the game, or trying to watch at home, it was a different experience. The video boards at the Toyota Stadium were dead and there wasn't a stream of the game because the team is making some park upgrades.

USMNT

Everyone saw a bloodied Clint Dempsey during the Ghana game. Dempsey has a broken nose, and although coach Jurgen Klinsmann sympathizes with the pain, he said there isn't any doubt Dempsey will be in against Portugal.

Jozy Altidore didn't get as ringing of an endorsement. Altidore went down with a hamstring strain and is definitely out against Portugal, although Klinsmann said he could be ready if the U.S. survives the group stage. Portugal will also be entering the match a bit beat up. Both Fábio Coentráo and Hugo Almeida are expected to miss the rest of the group stage after team doctors said both players would be sidelined for more than 10 days due to muscle injuries.

Klinsmann will have his work cut out for him with a slightly injury-depleted squad to take on Portugal. Here is what thescore.com says he needs to do to pull off a win or a draw.

World Cup

SB Nation's Ryan Rosenblatt is a lucky guy, because he is one of the tens of thousands who happened to be watching the U.S.'s dramatic win over Ghana in person.. After he had a bit of time to settle, he also wrote a bit about the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Meanwhile, this is what the rest of the nation looked like (dramatic music not included in real life experience most likely).

Once a Metro has figured out the best reason to demonstrate why New York City has soccer fever.

The results are in and the USA-Ghana match is the highest-rated men's soccer match ever broadcast on ESPN.

The lone American referee in the World Cup is getting praise from the PRO for his performance (in a slightly odd blog post to read).

The conspiracy theories are abound for Uruguay's disappointing loss to Costa Rica to open the World Cup. The current hot-take: the team's confiscated dulce de leche is to blame. The good news for Uruguay is that even though they are still without their favorite sweets, Luis Suarez is set to be ready to face England on Thursday.

Can you spot the ball in this new-interactive piece from the New York Times?

Mario Balotelli is one interesting fellow.

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, and The Guardian reports we will probably never find out the real process that happened.

Europe

Arsenal and Manchester City are set to face each other at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, August 10. The news doesn't have everyone excited, however, as the two clubs will receive only 52,000 of 90,000 tickets to distribute to their supporters.

Another year, another match-fixing scandal. This time around, two businessmen and former Whitehawk FC defender Michael Boateng were convicted of conspiracy to commit bribery.

Xavi Hernandez days in Barcelona are coming to an end as reports said he will sign a contract with Qatar club Al Sadd.

Arsenal is set to make a big splash for Italian striker Mario Balotelli, with reports setting the price tag at £25 million.

Live Soccer on TV

9 a.m. Australia vs. Netherlands ESPN
12 p.m. Spain vs. Chile

ESPN

3 p.m. Cameroon vs. Croatia ESPN
7 p.m. Sounders vs. PSA Elite stream at Soundersfc.com
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