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The Sounders are going to the Western Conference Championships! Also other news, but whatever, the Sounders are going to the Western Conference Championships!

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Sounders

In case you missed it, the Sounders played to a nervy scoreless tie against FC Dallas yesterday. Due to the new away goals rule, the result sees the Sounders through to the 2014 MLS Conference Championships.

The schedule for the Conference Championships has been released. The Sounders play away against the Galaxy on November 23rd and at home on the 30th. Both games will be shown on ESPN.

Matt Pentz from the Seattle Times recently went into depth about what makes Obafemi Martins so special for the Sounders. If you haven't already read it, it's definitely worth your time. If you're into photography, there's also a write up of why the photographer choose to portray Martins as she did.

There was some wonderment yesterday as to why Kyle Martino wore a hat in 45° F weather last night.

He fired back.

MLS

Yesterday, Jurgen Klinsmann publicized his call ups for this week's friendlies against Columbia and Ireland, and included three still active MLS players (DeAndre Yedlin, Jermaine Jones, and Lee Nguyen). Other notable inclusions include Bill Hamid, Miguel Ibarra, and Jordan Morris.

Robbie Keane was also called up by Ireland.

With Lee Nguyen playing so well recently, Soccer America takes a look at his childhood soccer experience.

According to Heineken's Director of Sponsorship and Events, "soccer fans are 50% more likely to drink premium import beers vs. other sports fans." Read more of the Director's interview discussing Heinken's new relationship with MLS here.

Who are the six most hated teams in MLS? Goal.com says the Sounders fall in third place, with LA taking the crown of most hated. Yet another award for the shelfs of #LegenD.

Former San Jose coach Mark Watson has been added to Orlando City SC's coaching staff as an assistant coach.

Breaking news out of Philidelphia, Andrew Wenger thinks the key to winning games is having a "winning mentality."

The New England Revolution had a pretty cool tifo last Sunday.

World

Former Manchester United coach David Moyes picked up a position with Real Sociedad yesterday. This ends any speculation of Moyes coming over to MLS anytime soon.

Unfortunately, there's a lot of racism in soccer. Take a look at who is the most racist here.

FIFA's ethics committee is expected to talk to the press later this week in reference to the results of its investigation of corruption surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. No one is too sure what to expect, but there could be discussion about which countries and individuals face charges, as well as if there is enough reason to move either World Cup.