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New conference lines! Maybe a central conference! Almost definitely not a central conference!

Gary Rohman-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

Whether or not Clint Dempsey goes out on loan, his mind is currently occupied with winning MLS Cup. "The rumor that broke about Clint going on loan is completely false and inaccurate," says Dempsey's agent. "There have been no discussions to that effect. Clint's immediate focus is the playoffs with Seattle."

Working to get the best possible results in the MLS Playoffs, Sounders players are trying to earn good karma in any way possible. You can help too, just tweet your good deed with #GoodPlayoffKarma. Because like Buddha said, if you don't Tweet it, it doesn't count.

The Sounders were 5,168 tickets away from breaking their previous total attendance record. Adrian Hanauer doesn't seem too broken up about it though, calling the failure to set a new record "an opportunity to continue to plug away and try to grow the base."

While Seattle didn't break any records on their own, MLS had its highest average attendance per game ever: 19,419.

If you haven't yet decided who to root for in the MLS Playoffs, just take a look at SB Nation's rootability index. The Sounders came in a mere second, so you should probably not cheer for them, but the first place New England Revolution instead.

Do you have a spare $400 million sitting around? Well if so, you might be able to buy an NHL franchise for the city of Seattle.

Obafemi Martins has once again been nominated for Player of the Month. Vote here.


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MLS

Chivas USA officially ceased operations yesterday. No more easy points in LA (until the impending downfall of the Galaxy *fingers crossed*). Thursday will feature the announcement of a new Los Angeles club and owner. While MLS will hold a dispersal draft later to determine where Chivas's current players will go, it looks like a few specific players (Erick "Cubo" Torres included) may have a bit more say in their new homes. Chivas USA President Nelson Rogriguez left a touching letter for fans.

Monday also featured the announcement of new conference lines for 2015. NYCFC and Orlando City will join the Eastern Conference, while the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City will be moving to the Western Conference. "I think it’s going to make it tough maybe in the short term for a west coast team to win the Supporters Shield again, just because it’s going to be so competitive and you’re going to be taking points off of each other" says Sigi Schmid.

MLSsoccer.com's standings page also featured a hint into the future: a central division. Either Don Garber is about to make some serious changes, or an intern accidentally copy and pasted formatting from MLS's 2000 or 2001 standings pages. Those were the two years MLS had a third division (also the only years MLS had "divisions").

Central Division

Orlando City have signed two of their current USL Pro players to MLS contracts. Left-back Luke Boden is likely to compete for a starting spot on the MLS side, while midfielder Harrison Heath seems to be more of a development project.

Goal of the Week voting opened today, and Marco Pappa wasn't nominated. Also, the write-in spot was also mysteriously taken away. Sounds like a pretty big conspiracy to me. On the other hand, Pappa was voted MLS Player of the Week.

It looks like Diego Valeri tore his ACL in the last game of Portland's season. If the claims are true, Portland will be missing both Valeri and Will Johnson for the start of the 2015 season.

In the search for land to build a new stadium, DC City Council is considering swapping cash and some publicly owned land to a development company for private land. Standing in the way of that is a DC mayoral candidate who is claiming that the publicly held land (that the city would be trading away) is worth about $185 million, over three times what the city would be getting for it. Black and Red United traces this figure back to its original purpose: as a rough (very rough) estimate.

The Philadelphia Union are a confusing team to follow, making a lot of moves that are tough to explain. Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz is the man trying to explain the Union's behavior, or at the very least point out that he isn't at fault for the bad things going on.

World

FIFA is revealing the emblem for the 2018 World Cup today at 1:30 pm. You can watch the unveiling live on FIFA's website, if you're so interested. Or you could wait another day for it to be plastered pretty much everywhere. Up to you really.

After missing the postseason, Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley will undergo foot surgery today to fix a lingering nerve injury. While no time table is set for recovery, it's likely he'll miss the USMNT's November friendlies against Colombia and Ireland.

Jurgen Klinsmann was recently named to the shortlist for FIFA's World Coach of the Year for Men's Soccer.

AS Roma announced yesterday that Mia Hamm will be joining their board of directors. She will serve a three year term with the Italian club.