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The US and Galaxy great will retire at the end of the season, and it's the talk of the town. Meanwhile: Mix Diskerud unmasked! The Goats are stuck with StubHub Center and may be purchased by Rihanna?

Waving goodbye to Donovan.
Waving goodbye to Donovan.
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Seattle

DeAndre Yedlin to Spurs could be close to a done deal (at the end of the season) for less than many hoped.  (In case you missed it). Don't worry, maximum spice would still be acquired.

Sean Okoli reports on his participation in the Homegrown Game in this SoundersFC.com report.  Academy product Jordan Morris started and scored for the US U-23 team in a 5-1 rout in the Bahamas.  Also, Sigi Schmid says Chad Marshall and Lamar Neagle are close to returning to full training.

Our own Dave Clark offers DC United fans a glimpse of what David Estrada has to offer.  I for one look forward to seeing Estrada back on the field, even in other colors.

Bavarian Football Works snagged Kasey Keller for an interview during the All Star Game festivities about his experiences playing in Germany.

Landon Donovan's swansong will begin against Seattle, and end in Seattle.  May the Sounders very respectfully send him off with two crushing losses in which he plays very well but ultimately fails to help his team come back to win.

Major League Soccer

Landon Donovan is hanging up the proverbial boots, both for the LA Galaxy and for the USMNT, at the end of the season.

The New York Times and SB Nation consider Donovan's part in the resurrection of US Soccer on the world scene, as well as the importance of the number 10.

Why stop while you're still playing well for a good team?  How dare you!  What will The Landon do in retirement?  Travel with his "beautiful girlfriend" and hang out with family and friends, among other things, apparently.  Well, actually, that sounds pretty good.

Naturally, his teammates have some kind words on the Twitter.

Winner for most sweetest (ow, what's in my eye?):

Winner for most Yedlinny:

MLS may be taking Sacramento as an expansion spot a little more seriously than previously thought.

Hate to link to paywalled content, but in case you are an ESPN Insider subscriber, don't miss their take on where MLS ranks among the leagues of the world.  Actually I just want you to tell me what it says.

In a parallel of a long argument in Sounder at Heart's comments section, Richard Farley from Pro Soccer Talk defends Liam Ridgewell's selection to the All Star Team.

Bad news for Chivas USA -- StubHub Center will remain the home of the Goats (or whatever their next iteration will be called) for the foreseeable future.  Alicia Rodriguez says it best: The bummer of continuing to play second fiddle drags on.

But wait!  Could the new owner of Rebrand FC be none other than noted recording artist Rihanna?  She seems the perfect candidate to take this diamond in the rough and polish it to a lustrous shine!

New England Revolution president Brian Bilello assures fans that a player is incoming, and the announcement should be made soon.

Burgundy Wave assesses the Colorado Rapids' playoff chances.  (Hint, the plan includes a win over the Sounders).

NYCFC have loaned Frank Lampard to Big Daddy club Manchester City for a while, basically to keep the old man in shape.

USA

Courting American soccer fans and TV eyeballs isn't just for the top 10 clubs in European soccer.  Smaller-profile clubs are increasingly cruising the US on friendly tours and the like to grab a piece of a potential market.

Ever hang out at BigSoccer.com?  Well, so does Mix Diskerud, apparently!  Jeremiah does some digging into his alleged profile with interesting results.

Don't share a room with Brad Evans.  He will come after you in the shower.