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Marco Pappa won an award, Clint Dempsey may soon win a different award. Awards, awards, awards.

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Sounders

Marco Pappa just won 2014's Latino del Año award. Hopefully this won't be the last trophy he wins this year.

DeAndre Yedlin definitely hasn't been getting into the attack as much with the Sounders as he has been with the USMNT. Sigi Schmid credits Yedlin as being "conscientious about his defending" in the past few games. Could that be the key to a result against the Galaxy?

In preparation for the Seattle-LA series that starts this weekend MLSsoccer.com has compiled a list of its favorite games between the two teams.

The News Tribune interviewed Sigi Schmid about changes in the team since last season and how he felt about being retained. Favorite quote? "First off, I think it was an excellent decision that they decided to retain me. I was very much in support of that decision." I honestly cannot decide whether #SassySigi or #SassySchmid is the better hashtag.

The News Tribune also released part of an interview with Joe Roth. Roth talked about his views on the terribleness that was the end of last season, as well as what the Sounders should look forward to in coming years.

Hopefully Osvaldo Alonso will be ready for the first leg of the Western Conference Finals.


Read more here: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer/2014/11/17/schmid-talks-about-his-team-his-own-coaching-and-quieting-those-who-doubted-him/#.VGpvm2ts1R0.twitter#storylink=cpy

MLS

With the seasons of 15 MLS clubs already over, many MLS players are headed over to Europe to keep up their skills in the offseason. The list includes both Chris Wondolowski (remember him?) and Sean Johnson.

Do you ever wonder how much a professional soccer player travels in a year? Well according to estimates from the Salt Lake Tribune, Nick Rimando flew enough to circle the earth 10 times this past year.

The Montreal Impact's USL Pro team is set to begin play in 2015, and it looks like they've gone a similar coaching direction as the Sounders, hiring their former academy director.

When thinking about what helped their team chemistry this season, the Whitecaps of course credit their coaches, and players, but a surprise to some might be Aidan Prem, a 19 year-old who has been working for the team's equipment staff since February. Prem, who has dyspraxia, has been cheering up the locker room ever since he was hired.

Black and Red United suggests some changes for a new collective bargaining agreement here. They say tradable DP slots (among other things) are the way to go.

With Michael Bradley playing in a more advanced role with the USMNT and Jermaine Jones playing at center-back, Kyle Beckerman has fallen into the holding midfielder role lately. What does his presence mean for a changing USMNT?

What would happen if the US were to play some sort of "World Cup" tournament between states? It would be tough to say on the field, but one designer took a shot at what it would look like jersey-wise.

Did you know there's a reality TV show about the LA Galaxy? Well it's not exactly a reality TV show but it sure feels like one. Take a look at Backstage: Galaxy and see how long you can laugh. I got about a minute in before realizing I was willingly watching something about the Galaxy in my free time and felt too gross to continue.

The American youth soccer system comes under criticism for numerous reasons: from the pay-to-play model it operates under to the amount of time players on pro-tracks dedicate to soccer. Well an overhaul could be coming soon, as US Soccer is currently in talks with an outside auditing firm to look at its development academies.

Could Club Tijuana defender Greg Garza be the next USMNT left-back? He hopes so, and he's picking up as much advice from DeMarcus Beasley as possible to get there.

World

US Soccer has released its call ups for three upcoming U-17 games in Chile. It also released its shortlist for Male Athlete of the Year: six players, including Seattle's own Clint Dempsey.

Manuel Neuer doesn't think he's going going to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or. Not because he's plays soccer poorly, but because he's not "some guy who poses in his underpants."

Sports Illustrated takes an in depth look at Emerson Hyndman's development with Fulham and what it has been like for him to grow up in a foreign academy.

Microsoft is about to sign a new sponsorship deal. No not with the Sounders, with Real Madrid. It's unclear how the deal will play out as Madrid's jersey sponsorship is locked up until 2018.

Former England FA chairman David Bernstein is joining the crowd calling for UEFA to boycott the 2018 World Cup, unless FIFA makes some changes.

With the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, could the next logical step be the 2026 World Cup in North Korea? Probably not, but it looks like Pyongyang might put in a bid for a major weight lifting tournament.

Geoff Cameron is set to enter the booth for the first time on November 23rd, calling the game between Crystal Palace and Liverpool.

I remember seeing some pretty cool tifos, but never anything that covers an entire stadium. Check out this video of a Colombian fan base covering a 45,000 person stadium.