Alan Hinton, the Sounders lovable patriarchal figure known for inventing an entirely new language for use on Twitter, has said he hopes we all join him in rooting for the Timbers in the MLS cup this weekend. "It's better for the Sounders if Portland wins." Please debate below.
In case you missed it, catch up with the exploits of the Seattle Reign players doing their thing all over the world.
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Commissioner Don Garber spoke on a number of topics yesterday, without saying too much that will come as a surprise. Sacramento fans will continue to be disappointed by the incredibly long leash that MLS has extended to David Beckham's Miami group when it comes to finding a stadium, where Sacramento seems to have completed most of the required groundwork for an MLS franchise already. Garber did basically say Sacramento had next after the current round of expansion was complete. A couple other tidbits: the league will probably take a two-week break for Copa América Centenario, and they are taking a hard look at the away-goals rule in the playoffs.
Colorado Rapids Dillon Powers has apparently impressed enough during his recent training stint with Reading in the English Championship that he's being at least considered as a potential signing.
Good left backs are hard to come by, and New York Red Bull Kemar Lawrence is reportedly being looked at by the Premier League's Leicester City and the aforementioned Reading. Considering he's making in the neighborhood of $65K in MLS, he'd certainly be looking at a massive raise even as a depth option for either club.
USA U17 coach Richie Williams may be headed to Real Salt Lake to join the coaching staff as an assistant. He's been in his current role since 2012.
Here's an in depth look at Oscar Pareja's system and style in FC Dallas and what we can learn from it. Speaking of Dallas, the front office continues to shake things up there, declining some options including some key players for the club.
Tyler Deric and Will Bruin will be sticking around at the Houston Dynamo.
Anderlecht's Gillaume Gillet is fielding offers, but LA Galaxy's non-DP money doesn't interest the midfielder/defender.
Michael Parkhurst has been in the game for a long time, and he's had three shots at a championship in his years in MLS, but his team has never won that final game. He's ready to finally check that off his list.
Atlanta United FC has racked up an impressive 29,000 season ticket deposits, over a year before playing their first match in March 2017.
The Nutmeg News continues to troll the teams playing in the MLS cup final, particularly Portland, which we have no issues with. "Columbus Sees Influx of Vegan and Gluten Free Sex Workers for MLS Cup"
Hudson River Blue has an interview with the Guardian's Graham Parker discussing the weirdness that is City Football Group and their foray into MLS so far.
Lets start with the New York Times story for the basics: 16 more FIFA officials were arrested and charged in another morning hotel raid in Zurich among other places. The presidents of CONCACAF and CONMEBOL are among those arrested. Uh oh, right? Not to worry, you can still watch Copa America soccer at CenturyLink.
Vice Sports took a look at the rules and they figure that the former president of the Mexican Soccer Federation Justino Compéan should take the place of the recently-arrested Alfredo Hawit as CONCACAF President.
Lionel Messi has 10 million instagram followers, and to congratulate him, Stephen Curry sent the Argentinian a signed Warriors #30 jersey. Clearly this was a ploy by Curry to boost his own follower numbers from a scant 5.9 million to something respectable.
Messi's Barcelona teammate, world-renowned soccer player and person-biter Luis Suarez, will be immortalized in his home town in Uruguay with a statue in his honor.