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Major Link Soccer: Burning Cascadia Edition

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It is too hot. It is too hot. IT IS TOO FRICKIN HOT.
I mean, I was only out playing soccer for like 70 minutes the other day, and I feel like I need to visit a burn ward. It makes me feel bad for quietly chortling to myself as the east coast complained incessantly about how the trays of cookie dough on their car dashboards were overdone when they came back. I guess the point behind all this is, be sure to apply some sunscreen if you're coming to the game Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps (which I'm sure have sublimated into the Vancouver Rivers by now). Otherwise, we might have an entire fanbase mimicking "Tengu", an ancient race of demons from Japanese folklore.

Also, instead of going outside to play soccer, getting exercise and making friends, be sure to stay inside instead where it's cool, and maybe play FIFA or something.

Mr. Mayers over at the Seattle Times (also known as "That Paper Against the No Good Very Bad Arena Plan") has an interview with Bill Predmore, future owner in the new professional Women's soccer franchise in Seattle.

The game this weekend is a doozy. Not only does it have serious Cascadia Cup implications, but the clubs are tied on points (Seattle with a pair of games in hand) and both are technically sitting behind Los Angeles for third place thanks to MLS' stupid as sh interesting new tiebreaker rules. Vancouver played earlier in the week at BC Place and found themselves annihilated by a weakened FC Dallas side (the 'Caps were also missing several starters).

They weren't the only Cascadia side playing this week, however. Portland made history when they scored two goals against Toronto FC, the first time the Timbers had ever scored twice on the road. Sure, it was still a 2-2 tie, but perhaps it is enough to help fans forget, for a little while, that they replaced John Spencer with Gavin Wilkinson.

There was one other game this weekend, a tie between the Galaxy and Crew, but that match was overshadowed by the passing of Kirk Urso, for who the Columbus Crew created an excellent video in memory.

Danny Cruz is now a member of the Philadelphia Union after DC United traded him for Colombian Lionard Pajoy (yes, that is spelled correctly). Not everyone in the other Washington thought it was a good idea.

Hot Time in Old Town gets a jumpstart on SB Nation's burgeoning book review industry with a look at soccer commentary and how it differs from other American sports.

Looks like an MLS park in Queens is something of an inevitability now. Cool to see the New England Revolution looking at getting their own home as well. Haaaaa ha ha, AS IF. Can you imagine? (Seriously though, I do hope it happens someday).

Fabrice Muamba was dead for over an hour, but came back and now is able to function like a normal person again. Unfortunately, his soccer career is over, as he announced his retirement this week. It was expected, but Muamba is still a step far beyond what could have been expected when he collapsed mid-game back in March.

I don't know if you heard, but the USA beat Mexico in a friendly on Wednesday. It was kind of a big deal. Such a big deal that Grant Wahl has already written about it twice.

It isn't soccer, but the scoreline was recognizable to fans of stereotypical sports jokes. Felix Hernandez pitched a perfect game across the street from the Sounders' stomping grounds to make history. Mr. Gspurning was at the match to appreciate perfection.

See you all at the Clink tomorrow.

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