Top Drawer Soccer always keeps a close eye on college soccer prospects, and here they have a report on whose stock is up and whose is down leading up to the 2016 MLS Draft. Two UW Huskies are included -- one on each list.
Here's a couple from the in case you missed it pile: USSF has changed the rules for the Open Cup, disallowing MLS-team-owned lower league clubs like S2 from the competition.
Then, you really should take some time with this gallery of Sounders with adoptable puppies, if for no other reason than #GoodPlayoffKarma.
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Pablo Mastroeni's Colorado Rapids had a rather awful year, but his bosses still have faith, saying: "He's got 60 percent of the field sorted out. If you take from our goalline to the first ten yards of the opponents' half, we're as good as any team in the league." (VP of Soccer Operations Paul Bravo).
An interview with a San Antonio judge reveals a few more details about the San Antonio Spurs/Toyota Field/future MLS team situation.
Tim Leiweke is being very frank about the status of Miami Beckham United: it doesn't look good. A third stadium land deal is held up by 6 private landowners holding out for massive payoffs to give up their property, and Leiweke says what we have all been thinking, which is that Beckham and his group don't seem to be very good at this.
Will Didier Drogba go on an offseason loan? He's been one of those rare midseason DP acquisitions who hasn't had trouble settling into MLS success, so maybe that would be no big deal. Joey Saputo may want him to suit up for his other club, Bologna.
LAG Confidential finds the whole Gerrard potentially going back to Liverpool thing to be a bit Brett Favre-like. Once a Metro is just very happy the New York Red Bulls dodged the Gerrard bullet in the first place.
Trinidad & Tobago head coach Stephen Hart has called up his roster of 22 for the upcoming World Cup qualifier in Guatemala. Former Sounder Cordell Cato joins three other MLSers on the squad.
Former USMNT coach Bob Bradley is taking on a new challenge after his success with Stabæk in Norway. He'll manage Le Havre AC in the French Ligue 2, and work on getting the team promoted to Ligue 1. Never one to shy away from challenges, Bradley is earning more and more respect in Europe.
Sunil Gulati did everything in his power to avoid questions about FIFA, Chuck Blazer, or anything at all, really, at a sports conference he attended.
FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein is striking a more diplomatic tone now that Michel Platini has landed squarely in the corruption hot water. He's also adamant that the World Cup should return to CONCACAF, which I'm totally OK with.
What happens when you pit Shinji Kagawa and Hiroshi Kiyotake against 55 young kids on one soccer field? Yeah, the Japanese internationals still score, but it's pretty funny to watch: