Here's the latest from the SSFC Alliance Council. Scarves, bylaws, elections, etc. Also, the business meeting is coming up, so get your questions in.
RSL Soapbox's weekly aggregate power rankings are out, and Seattle have held strong at number five. In fact, the entire top 10 has stayed static, except for FC Dallas and Vancouver Whitecaps trading spots.
I thought Central Washington University's Drew Wallen and Payton Berens did an impressive job for college sophomores when they called Seattle Sounders 2 matches this season. Here's the story of how they decided to give it a shot.
Major League Soccer
Just as things were looking up for the fans of Toronto FC, the team has disappointed a good chunk of them. BMO Field's north end (and the seats therein) will be removed after the season to accommodate the CFL's Argonauts. Hey, at least Toronto (probably) won't have to worry about gridiron lines?
Orlando City SC has announced their USL affiliate team, and they have really broken the mold with this one. OCSC II, you're thinking? Or maybe the number 2? The Lion Cubs? No, friends, Orlando City B is the name, and it's about time a team switched up the naming convention.
Caleb Porter has coached 100 MLS games, each one smarmier than the last. And he has put together a record in that time equal to Dominic Kinnear's first 100, drawing over a third of the matches. Of course, if you ask him, his team deserved to win all 100.
There's a tasty rumo[u]r that Robb Heineman's Sporting Club is looking to buy English club Everton.
MLS partners with DraftKings, and daily fantasy sites have received another blow, after Nevada officially defined them as gambling. We'll have to see if MLS sticks with the partnership.
NASL bonus: Raul has officially announced his retirement, and his expected role with the Cosmo's academy no longer seems as certain.
Some frustrated and stupid US fans apparently engaged in some pretty awful behavior at the Costa Rica match. Racism and xenophobia won't make the USA win, guys.
After a bit of a roller coaster, it looks like Copa America Centenario is back on and in the USA! Apparently payments have been scrutinized, money returned in some cases, and any wrongdoing has been
successfully buried deep enough cleared so that money can continue to be made, and we as fans can see Messi at the Rose Bowl.
The US Women continue their victory tour into the winter, with a match against Trinidad and Tobago in Honolulu on December 6.
Here are some things we have learned about Mexico's new manager, Juan Carlos Osorio, after his first press conference. He will hold his first practices with the squad in a few weeks.
ESPN has outbid everyone else for broadcast rights to the 2020 European Championship and assorted World Cup qualifiers. They paid a reported $110 million, a massive increase from previous contracts.
It's not just "Moneyball vs. traditional scouting and management." This writer thinks there's a lot more nuance than that, despite some recent use of broad strokes.