Major Link Soccer: Racist Taunts in LA, FIFA Feeling Sponsor Pressure

Dark days in MLS - Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Galaxy fans purportedly threw beans at the Chivas crowd, and also supposedly held up signs referencing immigration.

Seattle

Joshua Mayers has his typical fun facts about the Seattle Sounders going into their three-week MLS break.

Still no real links to stories on the Reign, but you can bet your butt we're going to link when an international star converts a goal like the one our club did over the weekend. Here are the highlights, including that incredible golazo from distance. Also, over 4,000 in attendance. Looks like word is finally starting to get out about how damn good this team is.

You probably saw it during the game, but if not, here is Marco Pappa clearly remembering where the Chicago Fire bench is located.

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via www.8bitsports.com

It is always tough to see the chicklets leave the nest, so the u23 division of the Sounders web presence caught up with former player Miles Byass, who signed with a Finnish team.

David Estrada made an appearance at Cooper Elementary school in Spokane to help honor student Gracie Snider, who was involved in a car accident and passed away at the beginning of May on the way home from a soccer match.

MLS

The last game of the weekend was the most newsworthy, and not for good reasons. For the most part, MLS has been spared the overt displays of racism that pop up in other sports leagues around the world (and sometimes even here at home). That wasn't the case when the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA faced off in the penultimate SuperClasico (at least, as we know it). Near the end of the game, tweets like this one began to emerge from Home Depot Center.

I'm pretty sure that when Mauro Rosales said he wanted to give the fans "what they really deserve", this was the farthest thing from what he had in mind. It also overshadowed some great individual plays, the most impressive of which was this destined Save of the Week that Dan Kennedy was responsible for.

In better Chivas news: chalk up another MLS entry to the World Cup. Oswaldo Minda will be joining Ecuador's squad for the next three plus weeks.

Say what you will about David Beckham, but perhaps no one is better at keeping their names and causes in the spotlight. His newest notoriety comes from offering recently fired David Moyes a job coaching his future MLS team(not content to wait until he actually HAS an MLS team). This is what he does when he isn't destroying his house playing soccer with Zidane and other soccer stars.

Toronto FC and Columbus Crew, purportedly big rivals, made a trade with each other just  a day before each was set to play (not each other). On the way to Toronto: Dominic Oduro, who has been a good attacking partner with Frederico Higuain the last few years. In exchange, the Crew obtained speedy winger Alvaro Rey. The timing of the trade could have been better: with Higuain nursing an injury, Columbus was left without a proven attack and drew nil-nil with DC.

In a positive sign, the New England Revolution had 24,000 in attendance for their match with the New York Red Bulls Sunday. Unfortunately, NY came in and beat them in Foxborough for the first time since 2003.

More fun attendance news: the Vancouver Whitecaps U-23s traveled to Calgary to play the "Foothills FC U-23" and over 1,000 came out to see it.

Read this article about Chuck Blazer's contributions to MLS, North American, and World soccer, and I almost guarantee that you'll learn something new about the man.

World Cup

An elephant picked the USA to beat Germany in the group stage. What do the hardcore stats say?

Sigi Schmid will be contributing to The Seattle Times for the duration of the World Cup. Here are his previews of the group stage.

Public outcry never does all that much good when an entertainment company does something unpopular. But when the SPONSORS start pulling support? That, my friends, is when it gets real. Sony was among the first brands to pressure FIFA to take another look at the 2022 Cup. However, there is a flip side to Qatar's current predicament: Losing the games could make Qatar shy away from their more recent geopolitical activism and disenfranchise a region which was set to get their first World Cup.

Maybe if Uruguay do well this year, they can use it to place their own bribes in hopes of World Cup 2030. (not to say they couldn't achieve it legitimately).

Speaking of business, they aren't actually cutting down the rainforest for a good Instagram photo.

It's a crap sandwich for FIFA, and the current issues are the bread. Even Rio's mayor is admitting that massive mistakes have been made in the planning and organization of the World Cup in Brazil. How long do we have to wait until Russia starts reporting issues? Actually, we may not hear anything until the day of from the mother country.

It is exceptionally rare to hear a coach of any team downplay chances in a game or tournament, but Jurgen Klinsmann has come out and said that the United States "cannot win the World Cup". And even when his team is peaking at the exact right time!! He is probably right, but how would any great upset have happened if the coach of that team had been realistic about their chances? "They'll come into our house, and they'll probably push us around". His long-term outlook has bred concern in some circles, but the long approach is why the US is in the position they find themselves in now, with players (like DeAndre Yedlin) coming out of academies across the country.

MIckey Mouse is in Brazil, and he has already had some serious adventures.

Is there much debate as to which current Sounders player has the best Twitter feed? Because that debate can end today.

Tim Howard has now defended his country 100 times, putting his body in front of shots for the benefit of his squad. SBI has a picture retrospective dating back to 2002.

How did you fall in love with the beautiful game? Big D Soccer has their own unique memory, their favorite World Cup moment.

Europe

A litmus test: If you recognize the name "Luciano Vietto" in connection with the Sounders, you may be exceptionally plugged into Seattle soccer and this site. Vietto was once rumored to be a "player we like", but now may be headed to Sunderland.

Sad news for Inter fans: club fixture Fernandao has died in a helicopter crash at the age of 36.

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