The most important Sounders-related event yesterday (if you couldn't tell from looking at the site) was the annual business meeting, and news and analysis from the event can be found right here.
Sigi Schmid will indeed be the coach of the Sounders in 2016, but that doesn't mean we can't debate whether or not that's a good thing. Here are some thoughts from Sounder at Heart readers: Sounders1974 wonders if Sigi's style is too conservative. Ragnar1028 makes the case against Sigi using a poker analogy.
Hawaii is included in the Sounders Homegrown Player catchment area, and the team is looking forward to taking full advantage of that. That reporter in Hawaii raises the very interesting idea of playing a match or two in that state, which seems like it could be a cool (if expensive) idea, even if it was just a preseason game.
Over at Stumptown Footy they are considering whether it felt better to beat the Vancouver Whitecaps in the 2015 playoffs or to think back fondly on 2013 when they eliminated the Sounders. The poll says 57 percent prefer reliving the glory of two years ago.
If you want to time travel back to before the Sounders were eliminated by FC Dallas, Big D Soccer has now published the traditional Three Questions interview with Dave Clark that didn't make it up before the matches.
Jordan Morris is one of the most promising talents in the US, according the Jurgen Klinsmann. The coach also says they support Morris' decision to remain at Stanford.
Coach Pete Fewing has brought Seattle U back to the heights of college soccer. Here's the story of the team's turnaround.
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Miami Beckham United is pulling out all the stops in getting a voter referendum to pass on a potential Little Havana stadium site.
Red Bull Arena will not be hosting rugby games for the new Professional Rugby Organization North America league. I know you were concerned.
Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger is joining the project for a new $1.7 billion stadium in Carson, Cal. Think of how delightful it will be now that it will be built by Imagineers!
To get to the new Mercedez-Benz stadium in Atlanta from the transit station, you will cross a pretty insane-looking pedestrian bridge.
NASL bonus: Rayo OKC will be the latest NASL expansion team. Yes, they are owned mostly by the head of Spanish club Rayo Vallecano, and yes, they have the most hideous crest I've ever seen.
It's game day, as the USMNT begins World Cup qualifying for Russia 2018. Hard to believe, I know. So, you might as well get to know St. Vincent & the Grenadines! Matt Doyle is optimistic as this new era begins, and has some advice for Klinsmann.
Landon Donovan doesn't get why Clint Dempsey is not with the US National team, and you will not be shocked to hear that he takes issue with some of Klinsmann's decisions. (Also, Landon will not be playing again, and he's getting the itch to coach! It's a shame Sigi is being kept around).
Former Sunderland keeper and Hungarian international Marton Fulop has died at 32, and kind words are coming in from all over.
Are you following the Karim Benzema sex tape and black mail scandal? Whyever not? If you need a cheat sheet to the situation, this should pretty much take care of it for you.