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Just a few more links to help you through your MLS Cup recovery

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Seattle

At the beginning of the season Sigi Schmid came under fire for sticking with Stefan Frei when the Swiss keeper committed a number of mistakes. Recently however, Frei has been excelling in net for the Sounders. Schmid says Frei's good play is a sign of more positive things to come from the Swiss.

No matter what happens on the field for the Sounders, remember that you'll never yacht alone. Prints of the poster below just recently became available.

ECS's end of season party will be on December 15th. Get your tickets here.

Not sure what to buy your loved ones for the holidays? The answer here, as with all questions, lies in the Sounders. Sounder at Heart has a Sounders themed gift guide. Or you can just go to the Sounder at Heart/ Gameday Depot store.

MLS

Thierry Henry's future still remains uncertain, but we did find out one new piece of information yesterday: he's not coming back to the New York Red Bulls in 2015. He wasn't Landon Donovan or David Beckham, but he did play a vital role in the league's development.

NBCSN's numbers are in for this year's MLS cup, and surprise, surprise, they're up from last year.

Apparently the Portland Timbers have signed a new goalkeeper, and he's already used to getting scored on by Clint Dempsey. The new netminder is Ghanaian Adam Larsen Kwarasey, the man on which Dempsey scored a 29 second World Cup goal.

Looking for an update on DC's new stadium deal? Well what a coincidence, Black and Red United has one for you! Apparently the District of Columbia will be borrowing around $70 million to finance the deal.

The offseason began last week for Real Salt Lake, and they're already making some changes. They've declined options on four players, including forward Robbie Findlay and recent Homegrown signing Benji Lopez.

The Impact have made some changes as well, signing Serie A Veteran Marco Donadel.

The vulturing by expansion teams continues: NYCFC just announced that they've added former Chicago Fire assistant coach CJ Brown to their coaching staff.

The referee assignment for MLS Cup has been announced: it's 2014 World Cup ref Mark Geiger.

World

Former NFL player Kris Wilson was arrested for Domestic Violence when he pushed his wife away with his index finger. This was after witnessing his father physically abuse his mother and swearing to never do anything similar. In a blog post yesterday, he wrote about his opinions on the NFL's handling of Ray Rice's domestic abuse case, and why it shouldn't be on the NFL to carry out justice.

FIFA's shortlist for the Ballon d'Or is down to three players: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Manuel Neuer. Yes it's important who wins this award, but more important is who would win in a 3 vs 4 short sided game: the Messi, Ronaldo, and Neuer team or any other four players in the world.

Messi wasn't just invited to an imaginary short sided game recently; he also received an invitation to a North Korean soccer academy.

The Puskás award is also down to three nominees, two having happened during the 2014 World Cup and one being scored by Ireland international Stephanie Roche.

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli is facing an investigation into racism and anti-Semitsm regarding one of his social media posts.

Australian rugby player David Pocock was recently arrested for chaining himself to a piece of construction equipment. He was protesting a new coal mine, which he discuses in a blog post.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is unhappy with the number of Premier League games played on winter holidays. Luckily us MLS fans don't have anything of that sort to deal with.

In today's news about FIFA being the worst, the Sunday Times released a report stating that Vladimir Putin attempted to bribe multiple FIFA executives with fine art, including a Picasso painting.

Whether the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will move to winter is still unclear. One thing we do know is that it won't clash with the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Jurgen Klinsmann gave a talk to US Development Academy coaches recently, check out his advice below. Top Drawer Soccer used his talk as a jumping off point to discuss his handling of US Soccer's youth system.