First, a couple of In Case You Missed It items:
Want to be up on the best available information on the structure of the DeAndre Yedlin transfer? Jeremiah's got you covered.
Furthermore, the US Open Cup final against the Philadelphia Union will take place on September 16th at PPL Park, despite some initial possible wavering on the date. I'm going to do my damnedest to be there. Road trip from NYC, anyone?
It's always nice to see The Guardian covering the Sounders, especially when that coverage involves our homegrown native son celebrating closing his transfer to a major London club with a 6-0 rout.
Major League Soccer
New Conmebol prez Juan Ángel Napout wants to include MLS in the Copa Libertadores sometime in the near future [Portuguese]. After all, CONCACAF's Mexican teams have reached the final, why not us?
Not that I'm mean-hearted or anything, but here is a link to an article which quotes Frank Yallop apologizing to the fanbase for their unprecedented rout in the US Open Cup Semifinals. Still, props where props are due, Chicago has reached an MLS-record 10 USOC semifinals.
More former Seattle quasi-connections: former Sporting Kansas City player Peterson Joseph, who has been offered a coaching position in SKC's youth ranks after team doctors ruled him out from playing following two passing-out incidents, decided instead to pursue a further playing career with none other than Azam FC of Tanzania.
David Estrada is happy to be at DC United because of the distinctly higher probability of MLS playing time (especially when the guy you play behind is a bit of a hothead). He speaks with DCUnited.com here.
Speaking of Seattle Sounders turned DC United...s. Jeff Parke continues to struggle with nausea-inducing migraines that have kept him off the pitch. The former Sounders CB underwent an outpatient procedure involving a perilymph fistula. I'm not even going to pretend to know what that is, but I hope for Parke's sake that it helps him get back in the game. Currently there is no timetable for his return.
Because everyone enjoys a good anti-freindlies argument, look what happened to Real Salt Lake man John Sterzer during an innocuous friendly against Club Tijuana of Mexico. (Hint, it's a fractured tibia. Again, I'm not a doctor. As far as I know that is his elbow bone. I hope it heals fast)
Will the New England Revolution really spring for Jermaine Jones' services? Will the Krafts open their wallets? The Bent Musket argues that Jones offers a lot of value both on and off the field.
Chivas USA have completed their trifecta of Ecuadorian players, signing 31-year-old forward Felix Borja on loan from LDU Quito.
As a smaller-market team in today's MLS, do you have to spend big on your DP slots or risk slipping through the cracks?
We know the West has been good for a while now. Why does MLS' system reward Eastern teams who probably couldn't hack it in the Western Conference with playoff spots?
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Bayern Munich may have had to work a little harder and take a few more knocks than expected during their friendly tour in the US this summer, but that doesn't bother the midfielder. He just classily compliments the USMNT and American players in general and moves on. I like it.
Not sure whether to praise our brethren to the south or mock them, but either way I'm strangely proud that Oregon's most pirated video game is EA's FIFA 14. I would offer equal praise for New York State, but they seem strangely to be stuck on FIFA 13. Maybe they can't beat the final boss.