The Sounders would like to wish you a happy holiday season with some nice reminders about the best gifts we received this year, an Open Cup and a Supporters' Shield. Also, the best edit of the Obagoal of the Year I've seen, complete with Busch Face. Give it a look.
Here's how some Sounders enjoyed the holiday yesterday:
Kenny Cooper, for whom there is no such thing as an "ugly" sweater (what a mean word!), has won the "Beautiful Christmas Sweater" party.
Meanwhile, Brad Evans has been enjoying New York City's fine underground public fitness centers:
Marcus Hahnemann did Hahnemann things with snowboards inside some kind of lodge:
Chad Marshall opted for the classic family Christmas card look:
Andy Rose, nice young man that he is, celebrated a Christmas Eve brunch with his grandmother:
Dylan Remick has a twin brother, apparently.
Finally, Yedlin took this opportunity to comment on how much he would miss his hairstylist when he hops over to London:
Major League Soccer
The Whitecaps have brought in striker Octavio Rivero from O'Higgins FC in Chile's Primera Division. Here are the thoughts on the 22-year-old Uruguayan from 86 Forever (along with a very amusing photo of the man).
Nguyen Quoc Tran, V-League team Hanoi T&T's PR manager, says the team wants to bring Lee Nguyen back to Vietnam from MLS, and the team is willing to pay big bucks. It seems unlikely Lee Nguyen would take the bait, but one never knows.
Why has Orlando City SC's transition to MLS been so smooth, while Beckham Miami FC seems dead in the water? The stadium project and the team itself have the support of many in the local Orlando and county governments, which can make all the difference.
No Sounders make the list, but MLS Soccer's top solo goals from 2014 is pretty fun to watch. Flashes of brilliance on unassisted goals are one of the reasons we watch.
How three young men surprised the world with their selection and then success in the US World Cup team, and became friends. But more importantly, what do you do after showing well at a World Cup when you are barely out of your teens?
According to the New York Times, the game of the year was not the best game of the year, but it was the most shocking and memorable. Brazil 1, Germany 7.