Major Link Soccer: Tottenham is really excited to play Seattle

Clive Rose

The English squad is hyping up its own fan base with a very flattering profile of the Sounders, plus a video of Omar Gonzalez fraternizing with Conan O'Brien and Jason Biggs.

Seattle

Technically, Tottenham is coming to play the Sounders in a friendly format, and judging from a bizarrely intense video posted on the team's website it looks like they are taking the "friendly" aspect of the game quite seriously.

edit: here is the video link since the embed doesn't appear to be working

MLS

The middling San Jose Earthquakes are looking to make some moves as the team tries to stop a four-game losing streak, president David Kaval said in an impromptu press conference. The Earthquakes are looking at seven or eight targets during the transfer window to help bolster one of the worst scoring offenses in the league.

On the flip side, the New England Revolution, owners of a current five-game slump, said they will not be making any moves during the transfer window for the sake of making moves.

Omar Gonzalez stopped by to talk with Conan O'Brien, and they discussed the ESPN Body Issue with Jason Biggs making American Pie cracks. Seriously.

The MLS expansion in Atlanta is feeling the boom of the World Cup after seeing a noticeable increase in the number of season-ticket pledges after the U.S. was eliminated. It was the largest jump in pledges since the team announced the formation in April.

DeAndre Yedlin might be getting all the headlines involving homegrown players, but one blog post says that the Columbus Crew's youngster Wil Trapp deserves some attention as well. Also make sure how to check out Top Drawer Soccer's excellent post rounding up the homegrown talent on each MLS team and how the teams utilize their talent.

World Cup

The World Cup final set a ratings record in the U.S., with an estimated 26.5 million people tuning in for Germany's win over Argentina. An estimated 24.7 million people watched the U.S.'s 2-2 draw against Portugal.

The CONCACAF had its best showing at the 2014 World Cup, with Costa Rica leading the charge in front of the world. Goal.com breaks down what is next for the U.S., Mexico, Honduras and Costa Rica.

Forbes starts off an article talking about comparing Facebook and Twitter data as pointless, but the statistics on the amount of social media interactions that took place because of the World Cup is pretty interesting.

The NBA is going the route of soccer and will now honor a team's achievement of winning the NBA Championship with a gold tab on the collar of the jersey. The NBA isn't awarding multiple tabs for now, so a team like the Boston Celtics would have as many golden tabs as the Portland Trailblazers (one).

Europe

There is down and out, and then there is Blackpool. The Seasiders were forced to cancel a pre-season tour of Spain because of a lack of players.

Ashley Cole joined Roma and is now saying that English players are afraid to play abroad. Only one player from England's 2014 World Cup squad didn't play in the Premier League, and it isn't like Fraser Forster was too far away with Celtic.

Manchester United is the most valuable team in soccer according to Forbes after it inked a $130 million per year kit deal with Adidas. The team is reportedly worth $3.6 billion, beating out Real Madrid at #3.44 billion.

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