The Seattle Sounders have a big weekend as they head down to Portland to take on the Timbers. This is the make or break game for the Cascadia Cup and the Sounders need the win to secure their place as the dominant team in the Pacific Northwest. It will be a tough game as Jeld-Wen field will be packed with fervent Timbers supports. However, the Sounders are unbeaten in their last five road matches.
Reserves Still Perfect: Meanwhile the Sounders Reserves retained their perfect record with a 2-1 victory over the LA Galaxy Reserves on Tuesday. Lamar Neagle was the man of the match with an assist on the Nate Jaqua goal and a penalty kick conversion to secure the victory. Mike Fucito was active up top and his pressure helped lead to the decisive penalty kick.
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USWNT to Face Brazil: The US Women's National Team lost their first World Cup group stage game to a focused and disciplined Swedish team. Sweden will go on to play a very young, and beatable Australian team while the US will play Brazil. The US-Brazil quarterfinal match-up should be one of the most exciting games of the tournament and the USWNT will need to step up their game to advance. Young striker Alex Morgan was a clear upgrade in the 2nd half and may have played her way into a starting role for the quarterfinals.
Harvey Joins Whitecaps: Union fullback Jordan Harvey has been traded to the Vancouver Whitecaps for allocation money in a bit of a head-scratcher. Harvey started almost every game for the young Union team (and second best defense in MLS). The Whitecaps get a solid defender for their left fullback position allowing Alain Rochat to move back to his natural center-back position. It's not clear who will step up for the Union opening up the possibility for a full-back signing by the Union in the very near future. Harvey also played 12 games on loan to the USL Sounders.
Perovic Strikes Back: Last week the New England Revolution declined the options on midfielder Marco Perovic and striker Ilija Stolica. The official release indicated that Perovic asked to be released. Digging a little deeper, the Bent Musket contacted Perovic and it sounds like the midfielder was promised a bigger contract and felt betrayed by the Revolution front office. He also struck back at the Krafts by arguing that the Revolution are merely an after-thought to the owners of the Patriots. Which really shouldn't surprise anyone who has watched the Revolution throughout the years.
Zakuani Talks: Steve Zakuani talked recently about recovering from his broken leg. He is off crutches now, able to jog and develop some fitness. However, it sounds like there's still a ways to go to make sure he's leg is fully recovered. Zakunai's positive about his progress, but isn't going to put a date on his recovery.
A Bummer for Old DCU Fans: Jaime Moreno is one of the founding fathers of MLS and a fixture of the dominant DC United Teams of the late 1990s. However, he will now have to share the title of all-time leading scorer in MLS with Jeff Cunningham. It's likely that Cunningham will take the title sometime this season.
Yedlin Named to Best XI: Sounders U-18 defender DeAndre Yedlin was named to the best XI team for the US Soccer Development Academy West Conference. Yedlin is the only U-18/U-17 Sounder to make the list. He'll be playing for coach Caleb Porter at the University of Akron this fall.