Sounder at Heart was unable to repeat as the best sports blog in Western Washington, coming in second in King 5's Sports Blog top 5. I blame each and every one of you.
You can make it up to s by voting for Obafemi Martins in Group III of the Goal of the Year voting. This is the one that should win.
Distraught over the Seahawks' loss to the Chiefs Sunday morning, it was recommended I tune into the University of Washington men's team for a pick-me-up. Good thing I didn't take that advice as the Oregon State Beavers made Senior Day miserable for the Huskies. Despite the loss, the Huskies are set up for a high seed and strong run at the NCAA tournament.
Pete Fewing's Seattle University RedHawks game very close to the WAC semifinals, but lost their season finale on penalty kicks. At least the women's team beat Washington State to move on in their NCAA tournament.
A year ago we may have called New England Revolution management the worst in MLS. 2014 is a different story, with an up-and-coming young team still alive in the playoffs, and slightly louder whispers about finding a new home away from Foxborough. Then there's this new bit of generosity: team President Brian Bilello decided to supply busses for 1,150 Revolution fans to make the trip to New York for their first leg match with the New York Red Bulls. And now all of those seats will be full. Some in the upper west (here) may call that inauthentic or some other wankery, but I say bravo!
Who will FC Dallas use their number one Dispersal Draft pick on? Dan Kennedy is the best available, but they already have two pretty capable keepers. My prediction is Nigel Reo-Coker.
Things are looking better for NYCFC as we get closer to their inaugural date. 11,000 season tickets have been sold, better than many currently existing teams and coming in at about half of what Seattle had sold by March, 2009. They're also looking for another DP, which should add to the value of their burgeoning brand. That said, prepare for white-with-navy-pinstripes as the away jersey.
Try as they might, MLS has had a hard time building stadiums close to the water. New York, Miami, Vancouver, and Seattle have all tried and failed. When it's worked, it has worked very nicely. Now San Pedro has lobbying power towards bringing LAFC to SoCal beaches.
Sounds like the LA Galaxy are pursuing Jozy Altidore hard, and he isn't having it.
ESPN's soccer voices weigh in on the Club v. Country debate that Klinsmann started.
When the Philadelphia Union hear from their owner, it isn't nearly as worthwhile as when we hear from the Sounders' money.
Of the 430 page report that Michael Garcia put together on claims of bribery for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, FIFA only released 42 pages. The President of German Soccer is now saying that if the remaining 388 pages aren't released, UEFA will strongly consider leaving the shadow organization.
Greece had a weird week, when one of their referees was attacked by two men with wooden clubs. This suspended action across all of Greece's professional leagues. Then Claudio Ranieri was relieved of his national team duties.
Because the stakes aren't already high enough, let's commemorate how we feel about the LA Galaxy with a song: