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Major Link Soccer: Open Cup Glory

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While no one would trade an MLS Cup for Lamar Hunt number 4, the Sounders have the opportunity to make some waves and right some wrongs.

Was this the first Sounders match with an open Hawks Nest?
Was this the first Sounders match with an open Hawks Nest?
Otto Greule Jr

Seattle

There are a handful of pretty good celebration pictures in the gallery that Jane and Mike put up last night, but this is the only photo you really need to see:

The talk about Seattle's ugly pitch from Sunday hasn't died down yet, with most of the rhetoric centered around the league's image. It's true, having the field be a distraction from the game being played will never be a good thing for the league. More turf stuff in a bit.

DeAndre Yedlin spoke with Goal.com for an exclusive interview yesterday, in a story that was released just after the transfer was finalized.

MLS

Now that the first-team Sounders have played their last game at Starfire for another year, it's time to ponder why the American soccer community can't seem to get up for Open Cup matches. Between the lack of awareness, the b-team squads, and the sometimes-short turnaround for scheduling, the tournament just doesn't carry the cache of the country's oldest bracket..

We've all known it for some time, but the conference records prove it: The West is simply the best. It isn't even close.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has publicly stated that soccer will receive no money from the city to build a new stadium. It shouldn't come as a surprise: the city gave away major revenue assets and may have screwed themselves over financially in their bid to keep the NBA's Kings from leaving town two years ago. There may not be any money to give.

Eddie Johnson's stunts have got him suspended again: This time it was his lashing out at Carlos Salcedo, kicking the ball at him while he was down. This one will cost him two games of a season that could quickly slip away from the capitol team. Those games? Colorado Rapids and Sporting KC.

Many of us in Seattle feel like the grass v turf issue is overblown, and I probably fall in that camp as well. The women of the USWNT don't seem to feel the same way, with their recent threat of legal action against FIFA over next year's World Cup. To reinforce the point, Kobe Bryant sent out this tweet featuring our Sydney Leroux.

Real Salt Lake should have a USL Pro team kicking off next year.

Oh, and GO MARINERS.