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Major Link Soccer: Sounders and Seahawks in Oso

Members of the teams that call CenturyLink Field home did what they could to help lift the spirits of those affected by the mudslide.

Cooper was one of the Sounders who paid displaced Oso residents a visit
Cooper was one of the Sounders who paid displaced Oso residents a visit
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Members of the Sounders and the Seahawks met last night with those affected by the mudslide in Oso.

Josh Ford and the Sounders shared a glimpse of their visit on Instagram.

With only 3 fullbacks in the squad, it seems likely that DeAndre Yedlin will play a full 90 tomorrow against Mexico. Ives Galarcep thinks he may be used as a left back.

Yedlin has also signed a multi-year deal with Golazo. He will kick off the partnership by taking over Golazo's Twitter account on Thursday night for a live Q&A.

Former Sounders U23 and MLS pool goalkeeper has officially signed with the Charlotte Eagles for the 2014 USL Pro season.

For the third straight week, Stefan Frei is nominated for MLS Save of the Week.


Kaká denied that he has a deal in place to join Orlando's MLS team next year, saying he'll make his decision after the World Cup. Despite that, reports have linked his AC Milan teammate Massimo Ambrosini with joining him in Orlando next year.

The Orlando City Council unanimously approved the plan to build a soccer stadium for the city's expansion MLS franchise. The stadium will cost $84 million and is scheduled to be completed in time for the start of the 2016 MLS season. Orlando will play its first MLS season at the Citrus Bowl.

Graham Zusi was named MLS Player of the Week after scoring a goal and producing two assists against Colorado.

The performance of Steve Clark against the Sounders was impressive enough to merit inclusion in the Sports Illustrated Best XI for week 4. The win in Seattle also helped propel Columbus to the top of the Sports Illustrated Power Rankings. Justin Meram is also nominated for MLS Goal of the Week for his game-winning goal.

Although the Seattle game isn't an option this weekend (we can probably safely say that will never happen for a game against Portland), voting is open for the MLS Stream of the Week. Go ahead and vote for your favorite matchup, or according to who you have on your fantasy team.

Will Kuntz, the new MLS director of player relations, spoke with Jeff Bradley about what made him leave his job with the New York Yankees for soccer.

Everybody Soccer conducted an in-depth interview with retired goalkeeper Will Hesmer.

John Thorrington announced his retirement yesterday. His new role will be as a special assistant to the executive director of the MLS Players Union.

Although the Sounders have their own issues due to various injuries and national team call ups, Portland's roster is even more depleted, with Donovan Ricketts and Michael Harrington out and Darlington Nagbe, Steve Zakuani, and Pa Modou Kah fairly likely to miss the match.

Houston's rivalry with FC Dallas has apparently made the Dynamo immune to facts:

US Soccer

Puebla has refused to release DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco for tomorrow's friendly against Mexico, and Jürgen Klinsmann isn't pleased.

With the World Cup roster still yet to be decided, US Soccer provided an infographic of the midfielders used in the final round of World Cup qualifying:


As it prepares to face Manchester United in the quarterfinals of UEFA Champions League, Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich side is attempting to ensure at least 3 English sides will be eliminated prior to the semifinal.

The work to expand capacity at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium will be completed in two phases. The first phase, which is scheduled to be completed by the start of the 2015/16 season, will expand capacity to 54,000.

South America

In last weekend's Superclasico, River Plate defeated Boca Juniors with a header off a corner kick in the final 5 minutes of the match to claim bragging rights in the biggest derby in the Americas.

Boca Juniors youth product Joel Sonora spoke with American Soccer Now about his future with the USMNT, specifically with the U20s.

2014 FIFA World Cup

To get an idea of what the USMNT is up against in the group stage of the World Cup, here's a look at Portugal's national team from a Portuguese perspective. The hopes of the United States progressing to the knockout phase of the World Cup will likely be dependent on getting a result against Cristiano Ronaldo's side in Brazil.

England will wear an all white kit in Brazil this summer that looks an awful lot like the USMNT's home kit. Unlike USMNT fans, whose criticism was based on the design, England fans are complaining about the price of the jerseys, which happens to be exactly the same as the price of the USMNT jerseys.

The entire board of Uruguay's federation has resigned after Uruguay's president withdrew police from providing security at the stadiums of Peñarol and Nacional, due to violence at each club's home stadium. That decision, and the decision to allow matches to be played without security, led the players union to refuse to play until the police return.

5 Games to Watch Today

UEFA Champions League 11:45 AM Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer 2 Go
UEFA Champions League 11:45 AM Barcelona vs. Atlético Madrid Fox Sports 2, Fox Deportes, Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer 2 Go
Argentina Primera Division 1:10 PM Racing Club vs. Estudiantes TyC Sports
CONCACAF Champions League 5:00 PM Alajuelense vs. Toluca Fox Soccer 2 Go
CONCACAF Champions League 7:00 PM Tijuana vs. Cruz Azul Fox Soccer 2 Go

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