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Major Link Soccer: Donovan's Farewell

He doesn't arrive in Seattle until later this week, but the Sounders have already left a fitting parting gift in LA.

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There can only be one Captain America
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If you haven't seen a live performance of Mike Gastineau's Seattle Soccer Talk, you have one last chance this weekend when he and his KJR crew do their final show of 2014 at the George and Dragon.

The first ranked Washington Huskies men shrugged off their close loss to UCLA last week, coming back to beat San Diego State 3-2.

*Human Kinetics does not guarantee any success in the EPL or stereotypical broken English in instructional DVD. It also does not supply a DVD player, so you will have to hunt for one on Ebay.


All of music's top acts are performing farewell songs for Landon Donovan. Five for Fighting was on the piano before the game last night, and Boyz II Men in their infinite timeliness did both the national anthem and a tribute video.

In fairness to the Boyz, their Psych cameo was terrific.

The storybook ending was shaping up. The Galaxy were up 2-0 and visions of 2012 entered the minds of many. Then, Seattle flipped the scriptAnd Donovan's final home game was spoiled.

As important as Donovan's legacy has been to MLS and to the teammates he has played for, one notable teammate couldn't be bothered to slap his personal driver in the back of the head and play Words with Friends for 20 minutes.

Going into the season, DC United had been anything but the MLS legacy they were in the early days of the league. In 2013, they were the butt of jokes, the worst in the East. 2014 might as well be EIOS for how opposite it is of last year. Ben Olsen has brought the original dynasty back to respectability, and the MLS Cup Final has a reasonable chance of being played in RFK Stadium. Think about that.

A BBC coorespondant, interested in seeing the state of "football" in the USA, is endeavoring on a six city journey to see just what the game is here. He starts in Boulder and appears to be headed to New York, but the other four destinations are a mystery.


Queen's Park Rangers showed some Sounders-level resilience earlier Sunday, recovering from one own goal gifted to Liverpool and tying their game up twice in the last five minutes. But in the fourth minute of stoppage, another own goal made Harry Redknapp's seat very hot.

In France, one goal celebration was considered worth a card and the protest worth another. For mimicking the firing of an assault weapon, PSG's Edinson Cavini was shown a yellow and subsequently ejected. This is the first time he has been penalized for the stunt despite it being a regular routine of his.

This is a big week, and nothing could make it bigger than some old-fashioned smack talk. And I want to start us off right. Okay, *deep breath* here we go. "Bruce Arena's taste in men's suits is poor." SMACKDOWN! #ClassyArenaHate

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