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Major Link Soccer: Earthquakes Rebrand

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The name will stay the same, but we could be seeing a new logo and a different set of colors

End of the black kits?
End of the black kits?
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Seattle

Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar will be the first head coach of Seattle's expansion NPSL team. His name may be familiar to those who followed the Sounders in the USL days, once being a top assist man.

The Sounders will be equipping 2014 players with special bracelets that are designed to measure the impact of sleep on performance.

MLS

The San Jose Earthquakes will show off a new logo and set of uniforms later this month, leading up to their 40th anniversary party. There is a possibility of a palate swap as well (which, in the face of all the teams wearing blue, is great news). Earthquakes are probably just behind Columbus and New England in the "ugly crest" department, so this change (originally meant to come as they open their new stadium) is very welcome.

Speaking of which, former Earthquake mid Simon Dawkins has been transferred from Tottenham to the Championship's Derby County on a permanent basis.

Several outlets are now reporting that Oscar Pareja has stepped down from his post with the Colorado Rapids, with the expectation that he'll join FC Dallas.

Don Garber makes good and bad decisions like any leader, but MLS recognition and popularity has skyrocketed under his leadership. 8 by 8 looks at how a former NFL executive turned America's highest level of soccer into a profitable and growing entity.

According to Waking the Red, Dwayne De Rosario's return to Toronto is now little more than a formality which should be made official shortly.

Toronto FC defender Gale Agbossou(onomonopeia)monde is on the trading block after a single season with the Canadian club. Perhaps he might be a Sounders target?

World

The Inazuma Eleven series is a popular soccer game series in Japan, but has never come to the United States. Never, until now. If you've got a 3ds and read this site (my guess is you do), you should keep this game on your radar. And also we should exchange friend codes (because you're all my friends).

In Uruguay, a promise is a promise. So when you promise to ride a horse for 170 miles if your country makes the World Cup, you do it. This is how El Onion ended up in a saddle from Brazil to Uruguay, and likely ended up crying in the process.