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The Seattle Sounders are on the road this weekend in San Jose to face the Earthquakes. The Sounders need to secure three points to get their season back on track especially against a rival in the West for that vital third playoff spot. Dave Clark has three questions up for the game and come back to SAH later today for a match preview and line-up card.

Leo Gets Card: One of the travesties last weekend was the unjust yellow card on Leo Gonzalez during the Houston Dynamo game. Gonzalez has been carded yet again this week. Luckily it was a green card meaning that the Costa Rican defender no longer takes up an international roster spot.

More news from around the league after the jump: 

 

MLS Weekend Preview: Jeremiah Oshan has a preview of MLS games this weekend for those of you planning your TV time. In addition to the Sounders game, I have the DC United vs. Colorado Rapids match-up on my calender. I'm hoping DC United can pull an upset and appease the soccer gods after the Rapids mailed it in against the Chicago Fire in their Open Cup play-in game.

Mixed Results for the USA: Results were mixed for the senior and U-20 soccer teams this weekend. The men's national team looked good in their 1-0 loss to Paraguay on Tuesday. The U-20 men's team dominated their CONCACAF Championship game this week against Suriname. The 4-0 win in Guatemala City puts the team in first place in their qualifying group and they can secure a place this Saturday with a win over Panama. In other news, USMNT veterans Cobi Jones, Eddie Pope and Earnie Stewart will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer. 

SuperLiga Out: The last three years have seen a series of mid-table clubs from both MLS and Primera Division in Mexico compete every summer in the SuperLiga. It provided a wonderful marketing opportunity for clubs hoping to connect with Mexican-American fans, but provided little more. On Tuesday Don Garber confirmed the death of the SuperLiga tournament when he confirmed the first-ever participation of MLS clubs in the World Football Challenge (WFC) this year. My take? Better teams. Same useless tournament.

Ochocinco Honorary Soccer Player: Back in 2009 Glenn Beck was given an honorary key to Mount Vernon. He came, he spoke and the press wrote articles. People had opinions and some wrote them on cardboard signs. The world moved on. I feel much the same way about Sporting KC making Chad Ochocinco an 'honorary member' of the team

Welcome to SBN: Two new soccer blogs have joined the community here at SB Nation. Quake, Rattle and Goal will be covering the San Jose Earthquakes and already has three questions by our own Dave Clark up on his blog. Duncan Fletcher will be writing on Toronto FC for the new Waking the Red blog. Best of luck to our new members!

Najar to Make Decision: DC United's exciting young winger and home grown player is likely to make a decision regarding his international career in the next week according to Steven Goff. Unfortunately, it looks like he'll opt to play for the Honduran National Team rather than the US. It's a smart move for Najar's professional development, but the US will be missing out on a special talent.

Sala Super-Agent: Last year Dallas FC declined the option on veteran Colombian keeper Dario Sala. Sala retired during the off-season and recently wrote a touching letter to his fans at Big D Soccer. The interesting part is Sala's new career as a talent agent where he helped Mauro Rosales land a spot on the Seattle Sounders. Thanks Sala and keep the good players coming this way!

Hall in the News: A local news-source has a good interview with Gig Harbor product Tally Hall. The Houston Dynamo keeper had an excellent game against the Sounders last weekend.