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Major Link Soccer: All the David Moyes news fit to print

The major story of the day was the fallout of the sacking of David Moyes.

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Shaun Botterill

The Sounders have the sort of problem every coach loves to have -- too many good players on the team. Or at least big names you wouldn't expect to be playing reserve games. But as Don Ruiz with the News Tribune points out, that is exactly where Kenny Cooper, Chad Barrett, Marco Pappa, Jalil Anibaba, Marcus Hahnemann and Tristan Bowen have found themselves at one point this year.

Sounders academy graduate Sean Okoli is looking towards the 2016 Olympics in Brazil with a call into the U.S. U-21 camp this week. Okoli has spent some time with the U-18 squad and will spend a long weekend in Carson, Calif., ending with a friendly against Club Tijuana.


Columbus Crew defender Giancarlo Gonzalez is doing a fine job of occupying the roll as one of the dirtier MLS players in the past two weeks. After this fantastic bit of acting last week, the Professional Referee Organization's Paul Rejer said that Gonzalez should have been red-carded for a takedown of Eddie Johnson on Saturday.

Tim Cahill will miss the Red Bulls' next game against the Houston Dynamo after suffering a setback as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

Former Sounder midfielder Shalrie Joseph was claimed by the New England Revolution in the Waiver Draft. Jospeh originally played with the Revolution from 2003-2012 before he was traded to Chivas USA. Joseph enjoyed his best success with the Revolution and still holds the club-record for number of appearances. As the Bent Musket details, it is a bit cloudy where Joseph fits in to the Revs plans.

Montreal head coach Frank Klopas is already feeling the pressure of Montreal's poor start to the season. The Impact have rolled through coaches the past three years, but Klopas is saying everything right as he tries to right the ship.

Landon Donovan -- hired gun for sale? The Galaxy midfielder didn't dismiss the idea on "The Dan Patrick Show". Donovan told Patrick that, "everyone's got a price" in response to a question about Donovan joining David Beckham in Miami. He added that it wouldn't be for a few years anyway -- at which point Donovan would be entering his late 30s.

Things aren't looking too good for Chicago, Chivas USA, New York, Philadelphia or Portland. pointed out that few teams have made the playoffs after failing to reach eight points by their seventh game in the season. Since 2011, only two teams have accomplished the fact -- one of those being the 2013 Seattle Sounders.

Sporting Kansas City forward Dominic Dwyer is the Castrol Index Week 7 top performer in the league after scoring a pair of goals in a 4-0 win over Montreal. Lamar Neagle rolled into third place.

US Soccer

History will be made on Wednesday as FC Edmonton and Ottawa Fury FC play the first leg of the seventh annual Amway Canadian Championship. It is the first time in the history of the championship that two Canadian clubs from the NASL will meet. The winner of the two games will go on to face the Montreal Impact in the semi finals.

The qualifying deadline for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup changed this year, and that has a few people confused. Luckily, the cup's website has all the details -- all of them.

David Moyes

Let's have a whole section devoted to the departed Manchester United manager who was sacked after 10 months on the job. With it came the news that Manchester United's stock on the NYSE shot up to the highest it has been all year. BBC has all the numbers on Moyes small sample size compared to the rest of the ManU managers. has a piece saying Moyes is being unfairly blamed for a decline that had already started prior to his arrival. chronicled the highs and lows of his short tenure.

Of course, with Moyes out, one of the most high profile coaching gigs in any sport across the world is now available. That means that any big name manager is going to have his name attached to Manchester United, whether or not he wants it there. Football 365 detailed the key candidates that everyone assumes is in the coaching search. They'll have to take Jurgen Klopp from the list, as the Guardian said his commitment to Dortmund is unbreakable. Pep Guardiola, the obvious first choice of a name to blurt out, also played down the rumors, saying he wants to stay with Bayern Munich for a couple more years. Either way, Sir Alex Ferguson will play a role in the decision.


PEC Zwolle stunned Ajax to win the Dutch Cup final, and coach Ron Jans demonstrated the way you are supposed to -- by dancing as if no one was watching.

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon almost jumped ship for Roma before Antonio Conte arrived. Buffon described being at a crossroads as he came off an injury and Juventus struggled for the second year in a row. Conte came onto the club in 2011 and convinced his star goalkeeper to stay the course. Since then, Juventus has enjoyed the success Buffon wanted.

World Cup

It probably one of the least surprising facts about the World Cup, environmentalists are none too pleased with the footprint left in Brazil from the tournament. FIFA attempted to showcase the green efforts involving the upcoming World Cup, but it all falls a bit short when one of the stadiums is built in a city completely surrounded by a rainforest.

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