As you watch tonight's Cascadia Cup-clinching match, don't forget what we're defending: This is our sound. [Note: Link is literally a picture of our Sound in case you forgot what it looked like.]
Deandre Yedlin weighs in on being away from the Sounders for USMNT duty. Hint: he's not too worried. I like to imagine him and Omar Gonzalez staring each other down in rivalry as they work together to snuff out attacks on the back line.
Sounders Academy and Stanford phenom Jordan Morris gets the feature treatment at the Seattle Times. Worth a read to check in on the decision-making process surrounding Morris vis-a-vis the Sounders first team.
The Megatable. Three years of regular MLS season results, cumulatively. Only one team has earned the PPG to top the list. 1.697. Who is it? Well, you'll just have to click the lin--It's the Sounders.
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Designer Diego Guevara, tired of waiting for Beckham, has done an incredibly detailed job developing a logo and brand language for a potential Miami-based MLS team. I approve, but why waste so much time mocking up Nike products? Stop trying to make Nike happen, Miguel. It's not gonna happen.
Something is up with Tim Cahill, at least if you believe everything you read. Maybe he just owes someone money?
Reports suggest Joey Saputo and Joe Tacopina have purchased Italian club Bologna FC:
To secure Bologna FC, Tacopina & Saputo, promised $6.3M over next 3 years, $60M to renovate stadium/surrounding area & role for Marco DiVaio— Tony Marinaro (@TonyMarinaro) October 9, 2014
Here's a detailed feature on the life and times of Diego Valeri from the Oregonian.
Cubo Torres needs a new home. I for one would be happy to see the tricky forward/terrible robot dancer stay in Major League Soccer. The Orlando Sentinel lays out a good argument why Orlando City makes sense as a fit.
The Crew is no longer a literal crew of guys who are coming to resurface your street or build out that new condo building! It's a little sad, I'll miss those little dudes. Seriously, though, if you haven't checked out the new Crew SC, give it a look. Design and branding win, in my opinion (round crests are the new shield crests, guys and gals.)
Miguel Ibarra is enjoying his surprise call-up from Jurgen Klinnsman.
Speaking of Jurgen, he wants to see promotion/relegation in North American soccer.
In the complaint against FIFA (TurfGate North, as I call it), lawyers for the players have proposed a $3 Million plan to keep World Cup play off of artificial turf.
How do you improve the sometimes illogical FIFA rankings? It's tough.
Could the creation of the Indian Super League be the key that unlocks the football passion of India's entire massive population? An interesting overview of the history of soccer in India.