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Major Link Soccer: Top of the Table!

With a dominant win over FC Tucson, the Sounders have taken their natural place at the top of the Desert Diamond Cup table.

NYCFC supporters are expected to be really, really, ridiculously good looking.
NYCFC supporters are expected to be really, really, ridiculously good looking.

Seattle Sounders

The match against Tucson gave most of us our first look at our new look back-line with the Sheriff and the Air Marshall laying down the law. You may worry where Zach Scott is in this picture, but rest assured he has not fallen out of love with his defensive partner.

And the centerback position isn't the only thing up for grabs. Video evidence clearly shows that we are trialing an international-caliber DP in goal.

Oba-Penalty-Save

It's no small feat to save any penalty shot.

As the team finalizes it's positions, there is work to be done deciding who gets to stay. Ezra Hendrickson reflects on his task of trimming the roster and deciding who goes to S2.

One player hoping to make his mark is Kevin Parsemain. After missing last season, he'll make an effort to find a place among a talented group of strikers. His two goals last night were obviously a good start.

Desert Diamond Cup

Tucson is reaping the benefits of hosting a MLS tournament. Tuscon News Now estimates that player accommodations alone will inject over a million dollars into the local economy.

The Sounders weren't the only team playing in desert yesterday. Our next opponent, Sporting Kansas City, played to a 2-2 draw with the Colorado Rapids.

And Real Salt Lake eked out a 1-nil win over the New England Revolution.

The next round of Desert Diamond Cup matches will take place on Saturday.

MLS

NYCFC's front office is once again taking criticism for its perceived attempts to fabricate a supporter culture. If they move forward with the name Blue Steel, we can only hope that they also name their USL affiliate "The Manchester City Team for Players That Can't Play Soccer Good And Want To Learn To Do Other Things Good Too."

With the season fast approaching, it's a good time to look at the pre-season MLS Cup odds being used in Vegas.

Slightly less entertaining are the odds of a potential player strike. Eight by Eight discusses how the single entity structure of MLS has and will continue to impact the contract negotiations.

CONCACAF Champions League

Regardless of what happens with the CBA, CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) knockout play will start next week. Since Seattle hasn't played in the CCL for a year, perhaps you have forgotten how it works. This wonderful video will remind you how it works or help explain it to anyone that has never understood.

World

You might know that a world-famous former Brazilian World Cup champion and Ballon d'Or winner is looking to make a splash with his new team in Florida, but did you know that I'm referring to Ronaldo?

In news that is shocking to almost no one, FIFA is set to formally move the 2022 Qatar World Cup to the winter.

Across the pond in England, the actions of racist Chelsea fans continue to overshadow the actual play on the field. Currently, MLS is fortunate enough to largely lack the kind of open racism that is being discussed there, but one blogger for The Guardian asks if the growth of supporters groups here could lead to that changing.