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Major Link Soccer: Here Comes Jermaine Jones

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The New England Revolution got their man, the Seattle Reign are in the Finals, and some terrible things happened in world soccer.

He looks overjoyed
He looks overjoyed
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Seattle

Visiting attendees of yesterday's 4-2 stomping of the Portland Timbers noticed that there appeared to be a few more eyes on them than normal. They were reportedly looking for signs featuring profanity and the like, not actually treating soccer fans like criminals.

He didn't seem particularly worried about this match getting out of hand either, saying he found the visiting crowds impressive more than something to be concerned about.

Fans of Mike Gastineau's "Seattle Soccer Talk" should try to make a point of getting out to the George and Dragon Tuesday night, as he is to be graced with DeAndre Yedlin's presence. Speaking of the blazing right back, a report out of Europe indicates that he could join Tottenham Hotspurs before January.

Sounders Academy product Seyi Adekoya scored twice in a half-hour of work with the UCLA Bruins as they laid 10 goals on the LA All-Stars.

We have a fanshot this week from someone who is rediscovering the joy of playing The Beautiful Game. I imagine this is a common situation: I myself have found myself standing over a soccer ball more and more often since March of 2009.

The Seattle Reign won their first-ever playoff game last night, but if the coach of the Portland Thorns had his way, games would only ever be hosted in the Rose City. Seems attendance numbers like those of FC Kansas City on Saturday weren't worthy of the league or the occasion. Which, if we were to transplant this rule to MLS and change the suitable number to, say, 25,000, I could maybe get behind it. The point being it's just a teensey bit self-serving.

Last Friday, Stephanie Cox was featured in the Seattle Times talking about how motherhood changed her play on the field.

MLS

We thought Yedlin's transfer fee was pretty good, but mere weeks later it has been outdone: Palermo MUST HAVE the Columbus Crew's Giancarlo Gonzalez, and they are willing to pay a record for an MLS defender to get him.

It almost seemed like it wouldn't happen after so many starts and stops, but finally Jermaine Jones is a member of an MLS team. As was announced at halftime of the Cascadia clash, Jones was "awarded" to the New England Revolution after a blind draw between that team and the Chicago Fire. Afterwards, Frank Yallop was quoted as "deeply disappointed" to be unable to add the key World Cup contributor to a team that could use a few more goal scorers. The move became another stepping stone for MLS:

Desperate to stop the slide, Colorado is reportedly "actively pursuing a center back". Which is fine, except WE SAW __________ FIRST.

I'm not sure if group challenges for the Ice Bucket Challenge are even allowed, but don't tell the generous and caring Red Patch Boys if it isn't.

World

Can we go an entire month without something absolutely terrible happening in the world of soccer? The event making me not want to live on this planet anymore was that of the object thrown at a player in Algeria, striking and killing him.

And there was a second option this week, as explosions went off just outside the home of Shaktar Donetsk in Ukraine.

The Worst Referee of the Weekend award goes to Antonio Mateu, who made at least two calls which were devastatingly wrong on replay.

Fox Sports seems to be doing pretty decently for itself, setting a record for Champions League ratings with their Besiktas-Arsenal broadcast.