There were plenty of Sounders-related news tidbits yesterday, and just in case Major Link Soccer is the only thing you read (not recommended, you may want to read something else from time to time - I hear Dostoyevsky is pretty good), here are some convenient links.
Former German national teamer Timo Hildebrand will not be a Sounder after all, according to his agent, though another MLS team could still be a destination. Obviously Philadelphia Union would be a top choice.
Copa America will be awesome next year, because this time it will have more America (not actually why it will be awesome), but will we see games at CenturyLink?
Seattle players earned the people who own their contracts a total of $165,900 for their time playing in the World Cup finals. Unfortunately for the Sounders, MLS actually owns those contracts and it appears that's where the money went.
Also, just...just don't miss this 15-year-old video of Chris Henderson.
Furthermore, if you're the type of person who likes Sounders-related desktop wallpaper with the 2015 schedule on it (no judgement), SoundersFC.com has you covered.
Major League Soccer
Adebayor is said to be on his way out at Tottenham, and on offer to MLS clubs. There's no doubt the striker would eat up many MLS defenses, but is he worth the money? And the (rumored) attitude?
Managing an MLS team requires playing some moneyball, or Caponomics.In the first of a series here's a look at market inefficiency in Major League Soccer vis-a-vis goalkeepers.
Which teams have the hardest hills to climb next season? Of course, many things will change before the first weekend. Teams will add and lose players, some teams will underperform and outperform, but for a basic sense of strength of schedule, check this out. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the Sounders' position.
I can't explain the Frank Lampard situation to you in much detail. If, like me, you know the basic facts but aren't at all clear on the hows, whys and whens, you aren't alone. The one to explain it, though, is certainly Rafael Noboa y Rivera, writing for sister site Hudson River Blue. Read this and then impress your friends with your grasp of the Lampard Affair.
If you don't want to get into all that, a big chunk of news is MCFC told the EPL that there is no written agreement between the club and NYCFC to send over Lampard at any point.
Speaking of confusing New-York-City-related moves, there is the ousting of Mike Petke, promising young (former) New York Red Bulls coach. Why u do dis? Apparently, Jesse Marsch was considered just that much of an upgrade.
Red Bull supporters are not happy, not happy at all. Unhappy enough to try to rent a billboard, presumably with some angry words on it and an unflattering picture of Ali Curtis.
The Red Bull front office has been roused into action, and will host a town hall Q and A to quell the uprising.
The NYRB news doesn't stop there! Jozy Altidore, rumored to be considering a return to MLS, is asking too high a salary for (his former club) Red Bulls tastes.
The Red Bulls are also prepping to launch a USL Pro team to play somewhere in New York City. Will they go with NYRB II or NYRB 2? I'm on the edge of my seat.
Steven Gerrard may be moving to another club, but he'll always be a one-club man.
When one Donovan rides into the MLS sunset, another must rise to take his place.
Here are five MLS draft prospects who may use the combine to rise up from the edge of the bubble.
A piece on American Soccer Now compares and contrasts the history, styles, and legacy of two MLS coaching veterans, Frank Yallop and Bruce Arena.
The Players Union and MLS are both sounding positive notes about the timetable for completing their new collective bargaining agreement.
Hopefully a new, closer stadium is on the way someday, but for New England Revolution fans in Boston, at least getting to matches in Foxboro may get easier next year.
The Union have reportedly secured Maurice Edu's full rights and signed him to a multi-year deal.
National Women's Soccer League
An Atlanta group is interested in bringing NWSL to the city. It's not clear if the group is related to the Atlanta MLS team.
Morgan Brian is the pretty undisputed No. 1 overall draft pick in the upcoming NWSL draft, with Houston Dash holding that top spot. Alicia Tolar at Dynamo Theory has a great interview with the UVA senior on what her life is like these days.
The USMNT hasn't moved from it's FIFA World Ranking spot of No. 27. Still the third-ranked team in CONCACAF.
Who will attend Camp Cupcake? Here's one prediction. A couple of Sounders make the list.
Former UNC defender Satara Murray didn't get the USWNT callup she wanted, and has signed with Liverpool. Also eligible for the England team, she's hoping to catch the attention of coach Mark Sampson.
After racking up 18 offenses, Mario Balotelli will pay many thousands of dollars in speeding fines. The pertinent question is - will he care?