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Major Link Soccer: Loudest Stadium in the World

The atmosphere at Centurylink Field is now factually, measurably incomparable.

Unspeakably loud.
Unspeakably loud.

Forgive me for talking American Football for a minute, but I promise relevance. In perhaps the most exciting weekend in Seattle sports history, wins from the Sounders, Huskies, Cougars, and Mariners made it an indescribably fun three days. To cap it off was a nationally hyped football game at Centurylink Field between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers, a game that set two records; one for the highest attendance at an event in the Clink, and the other for LARGEST CROWD NOISE IN THE WORLD. The Guiness-approved record of 136 decibels beat out the previous mark of 131 db from a Turkish soccer team. This means that Sounders can also claim the loudest stadium in the world, and that the Sounders organization held out on about 1,000 tickets they could have sold for the Timbers match a month ago. Between that victory against RSL for 1st place and the ultimate claiming of first place in the West by the Seahawks, this has been perhaps THE best few days of live sports in my life (and among the busiest for the field crew, flipping it in less than 48 hours). I imagine a few others here will agree. IT is just so hard for opposing players to come into Seattle and win, so much so that RSL keeper Nick Rimando offered his condolences to the 49ers via twitter.

On top of Friday's Sounders victory, things could not have gone much better for the Sounders in MLS results. Montreal lost. LA tied. Portland drew. All of those results came against some of the worst teams in the league. The only relevant negative result was New York's victory over Toronto. The Sounders control their own destiny at this point, with 1/5 of the season left to play.

There were some surprising personnel choices in games that had major repercussions around the league. Jay DeMerit played his first competitive minutes for Vancouver since sustaining an injury early in the first match of the season. Servando Carrasco, fresh off a flight to Philadelphia to join the Houston Dynamo, played a quarter shift for the victorious Texas club.

We previously reported that San Jose's new stadium has been delayed all the way to the start of the 2015 season. Quake, Rattle and Goal has a review of the stadium timeline dating back to 2007.

In a comedy of errors, watch as this striker is presented with a gift in a most unusual way, and his equally unusual manner of handling it.

Bruce Arena is complaining again, talking with the Washington Post before a match with DC United. This time he is talking about the turf fields of the league, ranking them and admonishing them as Arena is known for.

The MLS Amateur Draft will be changing again, according to a report obtained by SoccerByIves. The Supplemental Draft is abolished in favor of a four-round amateur draft. this would replace the two-round/four-round format. This means that any player in past years drafted after slot 76 would instead be a free agent.

We will have more about the horrific stabbing of Shoreline Community College teacher Troy Wolff soon. Walking by the scene Sunday, there was no sense that something so tragic had happened there. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the victims.

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