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Major Link Soccer: Do we really need the Supporters' Shield?

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Insight on the signing of Deandre Yedlin, a solid trio of Fan Posts, and Edu is mic'd up. Also, who will Klinsmann call up?

They want to bring the Shield to the 206, but so what if the Sounders don't?
They want to bring the Shield to the 206, but so what if the Sounders don't?
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Seattle

You may be very familiar with the exploits of Deandre Yedlin, having watched his meteoric yeasty-dough-like rise from the Sounders academy to the world's highest stage in a few short years.  But read this piece from MLSSoccer.com anyway.  Not only does it recap Yedlin's young career, but also gives some insight into Sigi Schmid's scouting process and the discussion among the Sounders staff as they decided to pull the trigger on bringing on the speedy right back as the Sounders' first home-grown signing.

Speaking of Deandre, and also of delightful GIFs (because there's never a bad time to be speaking of those), was that time that he chased down Hazard the fastest we've seen Deandre run in a game?  Sounder at Heart reader sbo thinks not, and has the endlessly-looping video to prove it.

In another Fan Post, hindenburgII makes the point that maybe the Supporters' Shield isn't all that important in the wider view of success for the season, when the MLS Cup is the main goal.  (We all want to win the Supporters' Shield, duh, but it's a nice breath of rationalism for a fanbase trembling for the treble.)

We're not done with Fan Posts yet, as Sounders FC Fan of the Year, bandofidiots, has recorded the story of his and his wife's cross-country trip (on the Sounders' dime!) to support the team in New Jersey as they...played a game against...Red Bull New York.  Highlights include sitting in the Sounders friends and family section right below the away supporters and hanging out with the actual US Open Cup trophy.

In defense of Hope Solo.  Or, to be more nuanced, Hope Solo is not Ray Rice, nor is she Adrian Peterson.

Major League Soccer

A few days ago, Ives Galarcep argued that it may be time to put the current iteration of Chivas USA out of its misery, by essentially relegating the team to USL Pro for a season while it rebuilds as a franchise.  The Goat Parade will have none of it, though.  Why destroy what Chivas TBD has just to bide some time for a new owner?

In a report from the appropriately-titled awfulannouncing.com, we learn that Fox is angling hard for the services of the soon-to-be-out-of-contract Alexi Lalas as an announcer as they take on MLS games.

In this edition of MLS Insider, Jermaine Jones arrives at New England, meets Jay Heaps, and is a very good soccer player who recognizes that perhaps a stadium closer to Boston would help things along in the fans-in-seats department.

According to Jason Kreis, there is "no truth" to the rumors that Frank Lampard's loan to Manchester City will be extended beyond the agreed-upon period ending in January.

I love it when players are mic'd up during games, in any sport.  When Maurice Edu gets the NSA treatment and gives Amobi Okugo crap for "trying to kick a field goal" when he takes an awful shot, it just takes the cake:

US Soccer

Just one lonely link for US Soccer, but don't worry, it may lead to rosterbation.  American Soccer Now predicts Klinsmann's callups for the upcoming October friendlies.

World

How do you create a youth soccer program that grows generation upon generation of world-class players?  Play the numbers game and train all your kids with 10,000 soccer ball touches per day, six days a week from the age of 9.  A really interesting essay from These Football Times.

West Ham United are taking over the London 2012 Olympic stadium, and the conversion is looking rather epic.

Did you know Rod Stewart likes to kick signed soccer balls into the crowd during his concerts?  I certainly did not, but apparently one of those priceless somewhat valuable orbs struck a poor patron in the face unawares two years ago.  The concertgoer is now suing Stewart (as well as the venue and concert promoter) for damages.  But really, how dare the man turn his head away from a performance of "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" for even a split second?