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Major Link Soccer: Olympic Edition

Mario Martinez in action as Honduras knocked out reigning Euro and World Cup champions Spain from contention at the Olympic Games.  (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
Mario Martinez in action as Honduras knocked out reigning Euro and World Cup champions Spain from contention at the Olympic Games. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
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Honduras sent Spain to a second defeat and knocked them out of the Olympics at London 2012. New England Revolution forward Jerry Bengtson scored the only goal. Potential new Sounder Mario Martinez started for the Hondurans.

Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko has retired from from professional soccer. It appears that the former AC Milan star, often linked to a move to MLS during his underwhelming time with Chelsea, is going to play a new game: politics.

With Spain eliminated, Brazil is now the heavy favorite for gold in London. WIth a 3-1 victory over Belarus, Brazil has assured itself a spot in the quarterfinals. Neymar, who scored from a free kick, is cementing his place as the hottest prospect not playing in Europe.

The U.S. women's soccer team made it two wins in two games Saturday as they defeated Colombia 3-0. Megan Rapinoe, scored late in the first half. Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd put the game out of reach in the second.

Just ahead of MLS transfer deadline, DC United acquired 21-year-old Raphael Augusto. The Brazilian midfielder will be coming to DCU on loan from Fluminense. Augusto had been on loan to a second division club in Brazil.

The Columbus Crew have signed Federico Higuain as a designated player. The older brother of Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain, the Argentine can be deployed up front or on the wings. Although the Crew believe he will score goals, he has just ten goals in 62 games over the past two seasons for Club Atlético Colón.

Whether Christian Tiffert is designated player-worthy was a debate for the recruitment stage. Now a Sounder, the league's newest import should be a step up for Seattle's central midfield.

MLS Weekend Recap:

Alvaro Saboria scored a brace as Real Salt Lake defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 on Friday Night. Darren Mattocks scored for Vancouver to continue his strong play. Joe Cannon saw a red in 76th when he handled the ball outside the box.

The Houston Dynamo defeated Toronto FC 2-0 thanks to goals by Calen Carr and Brian Ching. Brad Davis provided assists on both goals. Both Toronto and Houston were riding three-game winning streaks. This was Houston's first win in Canada.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in the third minute for Paris Saint-Germaine but DC United picked up a penalty late in the first half to hold on for the draw. Dwayne De Rosario scored for DC.

The Montreal Impact saw Marco Di Vaio score his first goal in a 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls in Montreal. Davy Arnoud and Sanna Nyassi also scored for Montreal. Theirry Henry scored his 11th goal for the Red Bulls.

Despite missing both David Beckham and Landon Donovan, the LA Galaxy continued their strong run of form as they held on to defeat FC Dallas 1-0 at FC Dallas Stadium Saturday night. Mike Magee had the only goal with an assist from Robbie Keane. The Galaxy are 7-2-1 in their last ten matches.

A first-half brace from Jairo Arrieta's powered the Columbus Crew as they defeated Sporting Kansas City 2-1 Saturday night at Livestrong Sporting Park. Kei Kamara scored for SKC.

Despite Alan Gordon being sent off for a second yellow in the 93rd minute, the San Jose Earthquakes still managed to score a 98th minute equalizer at Buck Shaw Stadium to draw 1-1 with the Chicago Fire. Gordon will now miss the August 11th match versus the Sounders.

It's miserable being a Portland Timbers fan these days. Danny Califf scored the only goal as Chivas defeated Portland 1-0. Portland has now lost five in a row with four of those coming under the direction of interim manager Gavin Wilkinson.

The New England Revolution conceded late to give the Philadelphia Union all three points at PPL Park. Saer Sene scored on a long range effort for the Revs in the 12th minute. Freddy Adu scored from the penalty spot to tie it up and Jack McInerney headed in the winner in the 90th minute.

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