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Major Link Soccer: Anyone Need a Red Bull?

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Obafemi will take all the plaudits, thanks. Chicago Fire are the undisputed kings of the draw. Are the Red Bulls quietly being placed on the block?

I'm outta here, who's got next?
I'm outta here, who's got next?
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Seattle

Obafemi Martins has been playing lights-out recently, and was rewarded with an MLS player of the month nomination.  Then the Sounders multitude arrived to the voting booth to ensure there was no mistake.  Oba handily beat runners-up Landon Donovan and Diego Valeri by taking just over 58 percent of the vote.

Unsatisfied with just one current X-of-the-X award, Martins is also poised to snatch the Goal of the Week for his space-time-altering laser strike against Chivas.  No need to try to stuff the ballot box this morning; when I say "poised" I mean he's winning by a large margin.  Second in the voting as of Thursday morning was Lamar Neagle.

Most Sounder at Heart readers are familiar with filmmaker Scott Levy's work with the Sounders (if not, check here), and University of Washington soccer fans will soon be treated with the same super-slo-mo game footage mixed with personal interviews with players and coaching staff.  The miniseries Heart of the Dawg will air on the Pac-12 network starting October 16.

Major League Soccer

Are the Red Bulls for sale or not?  Is a New-Jersey-based energy drink team one energy drink team too many for the Austrian mothership?  Officially, the answer is "absolutely not, and what are you even talking about, no way." But word on the street is that perhaps the ownership are sending some signals that for a mere $300 million, a major-market sports team (with a stadium only two PATH trains and 45 minutes from Midtown) could be yours.

Whatever happens with NYRB, there is no longer any doubt -- Thierry Henry's career as a Red Bulls player is over.

A game that I could generously describe in one word as "sloppy" occurred last night at PPL Park, in which nothing of interest happened for 88 minutes, except some sloppy tackling and sloppy shots not on goal.  Then the Union scored a sloppy goal, and Philadelphia was happy.  Then an expensive goalkeeper did the sloppiest thing of all and dinked a clearance right to an unmarked striker who did a very unsloppy thing and chipped the ball neatly into the back of the net, giving the Chicago Fire a record-breaking 17th draw of the season, a record they have taken from themselves.  Here is the sad recap from the Union side, and here is the amusing recap from the Fire side.

The Colorado Rapids have officially signed former Bolton Wanderers center back Zat Knight.

Hey, remember that one movie Napoleon Dynamite?  Yep, that's the one.  FC Dallas is going all out with their Rookie of the Year campaign for Tesho Akindele:

Oh, and get your popcorn ready for tomorrow night (LAG vs. TFC, 7:30 PST).  It's a big one, folks:

(Thanks, Sounderspeanut.)

US Soccer

Landon Donovan says he has not spoken to Jurgen Klinsmann about his upcoming "farewell match." That's going to be...awkward.

Lee Nguyen has had a great season as an essential attacking piece for the New England Revolution, and folks are beginning to notice he has a skillset that is somewhat rare in the USMNT pool.  Will he be called up?  The Bent Musket argues he should be considered strongly for the Gold Cup 2016 squad going forward.

Julian Green and Joe Gyau could possibly face off against each other when Hamburg and Dortmund play this weekend.

World

Famed Brazilian with a goofy smile and transcendent ball skills Ronaldinho is now playing for Queretaro in Liga MX, and for a salary that might surprise you.  The story of Queretaro's intense pursuit of the aging star as a means of reviving the club is interesting, and it's told here on ESPNFC.

Another cool read (thanks, Fan10713) is the story of three former footballers who, for various reasons, didn't quite make the big time of the world's stage, despite early promise.  Its a "where are they now" tale that makes you consider the thousands of similar cases in the rarified world of top-flight European soccer.