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Do not miss Matt Negrin's newest article getting a perspective on the Brazil World Cup that few have captured.

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(Apologies for the brief links this morning. Our monopolistic tyranical wonderful overlords at Comcast graced me with a shitty shitty most generous connection that was nonexistent spotty unusually inconvenient. I'm sure Comcast would apologize profusely to me for any problems that may have arose from their useless overpriced award winning service.)
(huh, they crossed out all those other words, but left  "overlords"...)


Welcome X2 Biosystems to the MLS family. X2 (not to be confused with the former best-ever-comic-book-to-movie-adaption), a local Seattle company, will be tasked with tracking concussions league-wide and using their own tech to prevent new ones. The organization is already working with the NFL in a similar capacity.

Mr Osvaldo Alonso had a big, exciting piece of news on twitter yesterday:

Former Sounders keeper Terry Boss is now part of the coaching staff at the University of Virginia's soccer program.


Games, games games: Let's start in Montreal, where the final match of the Amway Canadian Championship was  played last night. For the second year in a row, the Montreal Impact are champions of Canada. But it took until second-half stoppage time for them to convert the winning goal. The club took advantage of their 1-1 draw in the first leg and scored the lone goal in the second to embarrass another one of their fellow Canadian teams. Last year they beat Vancouver in the final.

Real Salt Lake and Columbus Crew were also in action, and it was a costly game for the Crew. Frederico Higuain had to leave in the first half after pulling a groin muscle, a disappointment for a player who had just come back from suspension. The rest of the squad had to pick up the slack, forced to play comeback after RSL's Luis Gill scored in the 56'. It took until the 88' for Ethan Finley to draw the crew level.

The Colorado Rapids and Chicago Fire played to a scoreless draw, removing any interest I may have had in recapping it.

Please welcome the new Center Line Soccer into the SB Nation mix. Center Line will be merging with/replacing the old Quake, Rattle, and Goal in covering the San Jose Earthquakes (or is that just "Quakes" now?) It'll be good to see more content on the Northern California team, but that logo... even a San Jose fan called it "Sounders-esque".

While waiting for New York City FC to begin playing games, David Villa will head to Australia and play in the A-League. Of course, the Manchester City offshoot isn't done acquiring big names. The latest attachment has been Alberto Gilardino out of Italy.

Pretty much every year since Seattle has been in the league, the competition in MLS' Western Conference has been more fierce than the race for the Eastern Crown. That is the case this year as well, with the Colorado Rapids holding a somewhat soft stake for he third playoff spot now (whereas they'd be a stronger second seed in the East). They are also faced with tougher competition on a more regular basis out on this side of the Mississippi. Call me crazy, but I miss the old playoff format. You know, the one where the final Wild Card seeds could be from either conference, and swing over to the opposite conference under the right circumstance.

The rumored move of Orlando City to Louisville seems to have gone through, and not much will change. The team will continue to serve as Kansas City's affiliate until next year, and the coming Kentucky team already had 278 season ticket deposits before the formal announcement was made.

Brek Shea has been training with the Florida club, prompting some to wonder if he will sign with the team next season.

US Soccer/World Cup

The following link is worth clicking on if just to see a massive GIF of Jozy Altidore scoring at the Clink: The Wall Street Journal has one of the best articles I've seen on the tactics and history of Jurgen Klinsmann's time with the Yanks. Clint Dempsey and Brad Evans are both interviewed, and the training leading up to the Panama game in Seattle is referenced as a turning point. It also lends context to Landon Donovan's exclusion from the final roster.

Matt Negrin wrote an article weeks ago about the rivalry in the Turkish soccer league. Now he has a wonderful piece looking at Brazil's World Cup from the ground level, from the perspective of the people who live away from the beaches. It is a MUST READ.

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