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Major Link Soccer: Go, GO USA and other things you should read

Stoppage time is really haphazard. Portland signed a DP. Akira comes to MLS, but without superpowers.

Adam Pretty

World Cup

Stoppage time is an interesting thing. There's a lot more time with the ball not in play than you think. So yes, the USA got jobbed against Portugal, but maybe they should have played a lot longer. Then again there's no correlation between actual stoppages and stoppage time. That's odd.

Chris Wondolowski is the first registered member of a tribe to represent the USA at the World Cup. The Kiowas are swelling up with pride, and frankly I can't blame them one bit.

Clint Dempsey and his brother Ryan used to pretend that they were in the World Cup. Ryan struggled a bit even though he's five years older than Clint.

"I was trying every move I knew. I tried to push Clint off the ball-he was too strong. It was like trying to knock over a telephone pole with my shoulder. And this whole time, I'm realizing my girlfriend is watching. I was getting more and more pissed."

The Atlanticcontinues talking about their dynamic and other siblings of the American stars.

Here's some invented numbers about how often various nations flop. Best I can tell getting a broken nose is considered flopping since Dempsey didn't miss the next game.

Here's a visual progression of the World Cup ball.

538 put together a World Cup bracket of food. They have now proven that they can turn anything into a food discussion. They are currently looking for the best burrito in America. That's a full time job for someone.

Suarez ban is official. It effects both his club and country.

There is also low six-figure fine.

Seattle Soccer

Hope Solo's situation is going to be addressed by US Soccer, but after a bit of investigation.

Oba is under contract for a while. Adrian wants that to be longer. Math and stuff will determine just how long.

Seattle Sounders FC take on D.C. United this weekend. Start getting ready with a podcast and some Black & Red lineup guessing.

Seattle's U18s are rocking it at the USSDA Playoffs. With 2 wins and a +13 goal differential you would think that they would be going on to the next round. They are not. They still need to get a point against Real Salt Lake's Arizona Academy.


The LA Galaxy lost in the Open Cup to Carolina. Not only was this the third straight year, but Robbie Keane thinks that LA isn't all that good;

We needed a reality check. We're probably not as good as everyone thinks that we are.

LA did do better than Colorado. At least LA didn't get their coach and Marc Burch ejected in a loss to a team that lost their coach, their assistant coach and three players. That's the Rapids and their Open Cup ride is done.

Portland signed a DP at the time when nearly no one would notice. He's a defender. He wasn't great in the EPL. They plan on using him as a CB, but last year he was a left back. That should fix their problems. The Timbers beat Sporting KC in the Open Cup so they come to Seattle to lose soon.

Chivas USA signed Akira. Not THAT Akira, a real live player named Akira Kaji.

The ESPY voting started. Four players in MLS that aren't Sounders are up for the 2014 award. But the award is actually for their 2013 performance.

Other US Soccer

People don't really go to amateur soccer games. That shouldn't be a surprise, but it seems to be to some that follow the game. While the Sounders U23s aren't at the top of the list it should be noted that there are four PDL sides in the Puget Sound.

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