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Major Link Soccer: The Clink is a Fortress

Home football teams have an impressive record against their opponents at CenturyLink Field, dating back to last summer.

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Last weekend was probably the best weekend on the field in the history of the Sounders/Seahawks organization, with the Sounders taking the overall lead on points in MLS with a convincing 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake and the Seahawks dominant victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The day after the win by the Seahawks, Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times tweeted that the teams are on a combined 19-0-3 unbeaten streak at CenturyLink Field. This led me to look back at the CenturyLink Field records of the American football and association football teams that have played home games at the stadium, dating back to last season. Since July 2012, the Seahawks, Sounders, Huskies and Cougars have combined for a 38-5-5 record including preseason, playoffs and Champions League.

The Sounders enter this weekend's match against the LA Galaxy without the assistance of their fortress of a home stadium. Considering Seattle's abundance of talent in the attacking third, Sigi has plenty of options in the type of lineup he can put together, leading to a wide variety of lineups predicted by soccer media personalities familiar with the Sounders. Los Angeles is coming off last night's win in CONCACAF Champions League (after which Bruce Arena complained about LA's CCL schedule) using a reserve lineup, which means LA is likely to play mostly regular starters against the Sounders this weekend, with the exception of A.J. DeLaGarza, who is recovering from injury. LAG Confidential expects Landon Donovan to be able to play against Seattle this weekend.

The Sounders Academy had a successful first trip to California, with the U16 and U18 teams going a combined 3-0-1 on the trip. Both teams will take on LA Galaxy's academy on Saturday starting at 12:00 PM and Chivas USA's academy on Sunday starting at 11:00 AM at Starfire.

After the Sounders' segment aired on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on Tuesday night, Steven Goff of the Washington Post offered his outsider perspective on its content.

MLS expansion news and speculation is in full swing, with Don Garber's announcement that the league will have 24 teams by 2020. In response to the amount of smaller market cities throwing their hats in the expansion ring, Big D Soccer has a satirical post poking fun at the various mayors of these cities. The NASL team in one potential expansion, Minnesota United FC, has announced a partnership to open a new training facility much more central to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area than Blaine, where the team currently plays its games. With the way Don Garber has handled the growth and expansion of MLS, some MLB fans would like to see him replace Bud Selig, should he retire from his position as MLB Commissioner.

New England's attacking midfielder and Federal Way native Kelyn Rowe has been on fire lately, having scored 5 goals in 5 matches. It sure would be nice to se him make an appearance in Klinsmann's January camp. When Tim Ream was transferred to Bolton, he was expected to improve the Wanderers back line by exploiting his relative pace. Since then, he hasn't been convincing enough for many Bolton fans. When he was recently moved to a central midfield role, many of those same fans began to sing a different tune. It will be interesting to see if this eventually leads Klinsmann to consider a central midfield role for Ream with the national team as well. Could Danny Williams be playing himself back onto a spot in Klinsmann's roster in the near future?

Luis Gil, another US central midfielder is being courted by Mexico, since he is eligible for both senior national teams. Meanwhile, Canada will face its fellow member of the Commonwealth, Australia in a friendly in London next month at Fulham's home stadium.

Interpol has made 14 arrests of members of an organized crime outfit thought to be involved in match-fixing. One of the individuals arrested is reportedly the suspected leader of the group, Dan Tan.

In response to the popular argument from fans placing a greater emphasis on possession would lead to better results on the pitch, Waking the Red examines the validity of this widely-advocated hypothesis. The MLS Central Winger concentrates on the quality of shots taken by teams in MLS. A post from a college and youth soccer coach analyzing the tactics used by both sides in last Friday's match between Seattle and Real Salt Lake is really worth checking out. Bloomberg Sports identifies 10 characteristics good soccer metrics should all have in common.

Chivas USA is shaking things up in its front office yet again, this time naming a new president and Chief Business Officer.

Former Sounders defender Tyson Wahl seems to have finally found a home in Columbus, receiving regular minutes with the Crew after bouncing around the league for the past couple of years. One of the first changes interim coach Brian Bliss made after taking over for Robert Warzycha was to re-insert Wahl into the Columbus starting lineup, even opting to play Wahl in central defense last weekend against Montreal, one of Wahl's former teams.

Wahl can be seen in what I can only assume will be the opening scene of American Football by Levy FIlms. This is a reminder that tickets for the October 23rd premier at the Cinerama Theater in Seattle can be bought today, beginning at 10:00 AM. Sounders owner and GM Adrian Hanauer, technical director Chris Henderson and head coach Sigi Schmid are already confirmed to be in attendance. I wouldn't be surprised if a few players show up as well.

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