Good morning Sounders-at-Heart! Another rainy day is on forecast for the Puget Sound and it's a long, long ways until first kick for the Sounders. I'm sorry to say I already have a bad case of the Mondays. Luckily I have my own copy of Office Space I can watch after work...and that's usually a good cure. :-)
For everyone else just starting their Monday grind we have links from the weekend to cheer you up.
US Nationals Have a Good Weekend - A number of young nationals in MLS had a chance to make their bones for the national team during the USA vs. Chile friendly that ended in a 1-1 draw. Many of the national team veterans had a good weekend in the Euro leagues.
Sounders Academy in Print & Pictures - Dave Clark recaps the U-18 game here and you can read Matt Gaschk's recap of the games here. You can view pictures from Chris Coulter here. A quick look at the pictures shows the intensity of the game. In other news, the future players of the Puget Sound win the region IV ODP championship.
The Dream Lives On - Michael Tetteh's long journey from Ghana continues at Starfire this week as he works to make the Sounders team. Meanwhile, Mohamed Mohamud, a Somali refugee living in Tukwila, is hoping for the chance of a lifetime during a Sounders tryout later this month.
More MLS Transfer Rumors - The rumors are out in full swing this weekend with the juiciest being a rumored move of Diego Forlan to the Seattle Sounders. Whether it pans out or not...it certainly shows the rising profile of the Sounders in international soccer circles. The Union are looking at acquiring Colombian striker Jorge Perlaza if he can resolve the deep contractual mess he's found himself in. Dema Kovelenko can look forward to another year as the league's dirtiest player now that Robbie Savage isn't joining the Vancouver Whitecaps. In the realm of the totally bogus...Owen Hargreaves is leaving Manchester United for the Whitecaps.
Whitecaps starting to look like a team - An extremely low scoring team, but a team none the less. Benjamin Massey over at 86 Forever looks at the players added in the Super Draft and the Supplemental Draft. The Whitecaps have completed the long-expected signing of Canadian-born defender Alain Rochat and have also invited Ryan O'Leary, a young defender from the Scottish Premier League, into training camp.
Union Collecting Goalkeepers - I think the Union want to be in the first team in their league to collect them all! The Union have invited young goalkeeper Thorne Holder from Trinadad and Tobago to trial with the team just over a week after drafting rookie Zac MacMath and signing veteran Faryd Mondragon. Meanwhile, former Union midfielder Fred wants to return to the Australian A-league.
NASL Up a Creek Without a Paddle - US Soccer has decided not to sanction the NASL for Division 2 professional soccer due to financial concerns. The decision also leaves Canadian soccer holding the bag without a lot of good options. I'm betting that the Montreal Impact will be happy to leave all this for MLS next year.