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Major Link Soccer - All Dried Out Edition

I hope everyone is dried out from the storms drenching Qwest field this weekend.  The 1-1 tie against the Portland Timbers was a bit of a let-down for sure, but it was a decent result considering the huge hit injuries have had on the Seattle Sounders.  One thing that certainly wasn't a let down was the massive tifo put together by the ECS for the match.  Assistant coach and former USL Sounder head coach Brian Schmetezer, who would love to buy everyone in ECS a beer for their hard work.  Top of the list is Rob Scott, director of tifo for ECS, whom deserves a huge amount of credit for getting the tifo put together.  Scott estimates the tifo took about 26,000 square feet of cloth and roughly 3,200 man hours of work.

You can catch video and photo highlights of the game as well as video of the march to the match.  There are also photos from the Sounders Reserve match.

A Special Visit for Alonso: Four years ago Osvaldo Alonso made a risky decision.  The young midfielder walked out of a Houston department store and in the process left everything behind including his friends and family back in Cuba.  Since the decision to defect, the young Cuban gotten married, started a family and been the rock of Seattle's midfield.  This weekend must have felt like the culmination of all his hard work as his grandparents were able to leave Cuba to visit their grandson.  They were just two in a crowd of thousands, but I'm sure their presence meant the world to Alonso.    

Fernandez Called Up: The recent contributions of Alvaro Fernandez for the Sounders haven't gone unnoticed back in his native country of Uruguay.  The Uruguayan national team looks like they plan to call up Fernandez for an international friendly on May 29th against Germany.  The game is a warm-up for the upcoming Copa America tournament.

Beasley Considering MLS Move: USMNT midfielder DeMarcus Beasley is supposedly considering a move back to MLS.  Beasley's career has stalled in Europe and is considering returning to North America to get it started again.  Chivas USA would be the first in line for Beasley's services should he return to the U.S.

Injuries Strike DCU Front-line: The injury bug hit DC United this weekend during their 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids.  Strikers Charlie Davies and Josh Wolf both left early in the first half with injuries and will likely be out of action for a couple of weeks.  DCU midfielder and designated player Branko Boskovic underwent ACL surgery yesterday and will likely be out 6 months.

Columbus Sign HGP: The Columbus Crew have joined the growing list of teams signing home-grown players. Forward Aaron Horton, who spent one season at the University of Louisville, will join the Crew as their first home-grown player.  Seattle, Portland and San Jose are the only teams in MLS whom haven't signed a home-grown player.