Steve Zakuani has been out of the picture since April, but found himself back among the 18 in Los Angeles. He may not be the starter on the flank this season, but the first ever playoff goal-scorer could be a valuable weapon off the bench in the postseason. He chatted with the local media yesterday, including The Seattle Times' Joshua Mayers.
It isn't just the standings that consider Sunday's SEA-NY matchup important. Many power rankings have the teams as 1 and 2 respectively. Seattle is where the league needs to come to get to the MLS Cup.
While Jamison Olave and Thierry Henry are in doubt for the Red Bulls, the Sounders may be missing some important players of their own. Clint Dempsey is still recovering from the hamstring injury he picked up last week, and Eddie Johnson is no sure thing either. We should find out more on their status soon.
More league expansion is right around the corner, coming so quickly it could be compared with the expansion of the universe. More likely than not, the division alignment will change in two years, and perhaps again further after that. TheBrotherlyGame takes a look at a four-division setup that, in their words, "might be crazy enough to work".
Wembley Stadium has held some big sports events over the years, but the commercial grand daddy of them all may be in the future of the hallowed grounds. The NFL's Super Bowl is being pursued by Wembley staff, a move that would surely anger all the 'Muricans looking to see their team in the biggest game. Better warm up those grow lamps now.
One of the strengths of the SBNation family is the great commenting system. Through barriers to entry and a rigorous moderating policy, the debate is kept lively and "mostly" troll free. (the negative trolls, not the ones we love and accept. If you don't know who we are talking about, it's probably you.) But the task is too much for some, like Popular Science. They have taken the extreme step of removing comments.
I leave you with an faq on soccer stats, a useful frame of reference.