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Major Link Soccer: Blatter Hits the Campaign Trail

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Blatter talks 2026 and new FIFA technology, scarf voting opens, Gyassi Zardes breaks some record.

Jamie Squire

Seattle

So in case you weren't aware, the Sounders are playing in a US Open Cup match next Tuesday. If you haven't already found a place to watch, check out this list of viewing parties. But even if you can't make it to a viewing party, fear not, online streaming will apparently be available through GolTV.

The Sounders have opened up this year's Season Ticket Members Scarf Vote. You can submit your design here until September 19th.

Jordan Morris's recent call up against the Czech Republic has him thinking a lot about his future. Morris says he plans on finishing out the year at Stanford before making any big decisions.

Despite not being in practice yesterday, Clint Dempsey is likely to be available for the game Friday.

Ravi Ramineni (The Sounders' performance analyst) and Dave Tenney will be speaking at the Tableau Conference 2014 today.

USA

The Galaxy gave some more bad news yesterday, announcing that right back Todd Dunivant will be out for about six weeks. Dunivant tore the muscle in his left groin after a collision in LA's recent game against Colorado.

Do you have a few million dollars sitting around, just looking for a place to be invested? Well look no further than US Soccer says a Blackstone executive. Apparently soccer in the US is such a good buy due to its relatively low buy-in costs compared to other major US sports franchises.

Gyasi Zardes has set a new record for most goals scored in a single season by a homegrown player. Though one has to wonder whether an achievement with that many qualifiers is really an achievement, amirite.

The Crew are not done making roster moves quite yet, signing former Bundesliga defender Emanuel Pogatetz. Pogatetz will play at center back, replacing new Palermo and former Columbus player Giancarlo Gonzalez.

Apparently Sky Blue FC and NYCFC have met to discuss a possible partnership.

US Soccer put together a highlights video for captain Carlos Bocanegra's career.

World

Hot on the campaign trail, Sepp Blatter made a comment in England yesterday that having the 2026 World Cup in North America might not be such a bad idea.

Blatter also added that FIFA would consider adding NFL style challenges that didn't interfere with the flow of the game. He failed to specify exactly how those would work though.

In other interesting FIFA news it appears as if moving the 2022 World Cup to winter has become a possibility.

Nike and a Seattle based design company have teamed up to make an "athlete plane" that has pretty much everything a team would need pre or post game. Check it out, even if just to look at the pretty mock designs.

SB Nation's Bill Connelly (who usually covers college football) takes a look at soccer fandom from a bit of an outsider's perspective here.

Two human rights investigators were arrested in Qatar, and Dynamo Theory takes a look at how this might affect the 2022 world cup.