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Major Link Soccer: "Dirty" Saborio, ZK Scott Faves

LA v Salt Lake is one of the best actual rivalries in MLS (sorry Chivas).


Back in the swing of their winning ways, the Sounders are now sitting at six points through three games, much faster than the seven games of the 2013 season as Mr. Mayers of the Times points out. Mount Royal Soccer is somewhat worried about the slow start to the Frank Klopas era, and eager to welcome back the team's leading scorer from last season, Marco Di Vaio. Of course, it isn't like the Sounders WANTED to play without USMNTers Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans.

Will Bates was cut by the team as the season started, and the former midfielder is taking the opportunity to do some traveling. In the process of leaving the Emerald City, Bates takes a moment to thank the Sounders organization and the many people he has met in the "PNW" as he makes his way back out to the East Coast. His first stop? Boise.

Thanks to the bad weather in Quebec, our Sounders have been stuck in Canada for longer than they ever intended to. A former Toronto stalwart is especially keen on leaving Olympic Stadium behind:


Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley started the season in Seattle, but made their home debut on Saturday. Their welcoming committee appears to have made an impression. Toronto has been waiting for a long time for a team that could actually make an impression, and Defoe obliged with a game-winner. Meanwhile, Bradley was more interested in reminding the regular referees what constitutes a foul.

Bruce Arena and the LA Galaxy were already mad about having to play two straight games against Real Salt Lake. They were even more upset after their 1-1 draw, especially with the play of Alvaro Saborio. On the other end, RSL Soapbox wonders why it is that the Salt Lake side always struggles against the Galaxy. It might be because the Southern California team has consistently been good for the entirety of the RSL era?

The USL is expanding faster than the waistline of an MMO addict (I'm just kidding: some of my best friends have high metabolism) and could continue thanks to the association with MLS and the USL Pro program.

In only two minutes, Portland nearly lost both their starting keeper and backup. As it happened, Donovan Ricketts was ejected for his Dhalsim-esque flying kick, and then Andrew Weber laid out for a similar takedown. Both plays resulted in penalties, but Weber was spared a red on his.

The grip ESPN currently has on Ian Darke won't last much longer unless Darke allows it: his contract is almost up, and either he or the network may be ready to part ways. It would be something of a shock to see him calling games for anyone other than the Worldwide Leader in Sports.


Chivas and Atlas don't like each other. Chivas and the police also don't seem to get along. Put the three together and one has an explosive Mexican dish with multiple injuries.

"Should the World Cup be moved out of Qatar?" Yes, but it is more complicated than that (at least until the official findings on corruption charges are released.)

The UEFA Champions League Final is fast approaching, when Manchester United and Bayern Munich will face off. Despite what is widely believed to be a vast talent disparity to the benefit of the German club, the majority of polled Americans indicated that Manchester would win the League Championship. Whether that be due to their increased presence on American TV or a number of other factors is up for debate.

Bonus: Nightmares

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