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S2 has a familiar coach, Twellman is in it for the long haul, and Jermaine Jones is bad at basketball.

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Seattle

In case you missed Ethan's report yesterday, current Sounders assistant coach Ezra Hendrickson was named the first head coach of S2, the new Sounders USL Pro team. Dave gives you the background and more quotes.

Semifinal Group 1 of Goal of the Year candidates is up for voting, and includes two Sounders goals, so go split the vote and send Will Johnson to the next round!

A new team is joining the Puget Sound soccer family: FC Tacoma 253 is scheduled to be announced today as a member of the Northwest Division of the National Premier Soccer League (the fourth division). The team will play at Mount Tahoma High School.

Stefan Frei took ninth in this MLS goalkeeper top ten ranking from Soccer America.  The site makes note of the swiss-born player's underrated quick and accurate distribution.

Hey...I think they're making fun of us.  In this satirical article pretending to reveal the details of the FIFA World Cup host selection ethics report, the U.S. bid was rejected because: "Turf fields, American football lines on the pitch, and a steadfast desire for all national anthems to be played via electric guitar caused most members to look elsewhere."

Here is the championship bracket for the NCAA men's division II tournament.  Seattle Pacific University plays their second-round game against Northwest Nazarene on Saturday at 10 AM at Interbay Stadium.

Major League Soccer

Lets get LA Galaxy news out of the way first.  Though it may be of interest, it is unpleasant:

Robbie Rogers' conversion to left back has been successful, and the 27-year-old former national team player has been rewarded with a multi-year contract extension.

LAG Confidential takes a detailed look at Bruce Arena's tactics vs. Real Salt Lake, in a reminder that Arena will certainly have some tricks up his sleeve for the upcoming Western Conference Championship series.

Speaking of Coaches We Dislike, remember former Philadelphia Coach Peter Nowak? The Antigua & Barbuda national team has made the mistake decision to hire Nowak to the position of technical director.

And -- speaking of the Union and technical directors -- Philly seems poised to announce former Manchester United assistant coach (and European club hopper) Rene Meulensteen to that position.

Things look a little shaky between Real Salt Lake and General Manager Garth Lagerway, and it's not clear he'll be returning to the role.

NYCFC have released their inaugural kit.  It's a lovely color of blue, but I just can't seem to place where I've seen it before.  Keith Olbermann even made the team the "World's Worst" whatever, but I refuse to link to that asinine segment so feel free to google it.

Seven-year MLS player Eric Brunner announced his retirement at age 28 from the Houston Dynamo.  He also played for the Columbus Crew (with Brad Evans and Chad Marshall) and the Portland Timbers.

The New England Revolution are staying classy by bussing even more their fans to their upcoming conference championship away match in New Jersey:

Manchester United have reportedly signed 17-year-old Real Salt Lake academy product Josh Doughty.

I was not aware that Toto's 1982 hit "Africa" was a club anthem for the Revs, but you learn something everyday.  The circumstances behind that are about as random as you'd expect.

If you have absolutely nothing better to do, you can watch DC United players guess the flavors of donuts while blindfolded.

The Vancouver Whitecaps have apparently cut both Omar Salgado and Bryce Alderson.  Salgado confirmed his departure with this goodbye tweet.

A little insight into Orlando City's partnership with Benfica and how their Portuguese players are adjusting to life in US soccer.

Here's an intriguing list of the top 25 NASL players who may be ready to make the jump to MLS.  As sides look for cheap rotational and backup talent after the expansion draft, this list may be drawn from in the coming offseason.

Once again, Ronaldinho is linked to MLS, specifically to the Galaxy.

US Soccer

Don't forget about tonight's USMNT friendly against Colombia in London.

A lawyer (and soccer fan) examines the facts and statements surrounding the lawsuit to force FIFA to host the Women's World Cup on grass rather than artificial surfaces, and concludes that the efforts are essentially dead in the water.

Matt Besler reveals that pre-World-Cup camp was the hardest of his career, and entailed three-a-days for the month leading up to the tournament.

Julian Green, Timothy Chandler and Fabian Johnson received bad grades from the German media, and may need to be held back or go to summer school.

Don't count on Jermaine Jones if you're looking for someone to sink a free throw:

Dunk out contest! @jermainejunior @jozyaltidore @alebedoya @t.chandler21 #nbauk

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International

Be prepared to "stop it" and realize that many things are "big time" for the near future, as Taylor Twellman has agreed to an eight-year deal with ESPN.

There is a Czech team composed of players of Romani descent (AKA gypsies) who are finding themselves on a winning streak for the wrong reason: other teams refuse to play them, forfeiting the matches.

To no one's surprise, the American lawyer behind the corruption investigation into FIFA's World Cup bidding regards the recent resultant report as "erroneous."

Finally, SB Nation's Outsports blog notes that the next two World Cups will be very inhospitable to gay soccer fans due to the policies of their host countries, and unfortunately should be avoided.