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That defender may have a case in 2015?
That defender may have a case in 2015?
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Sounders

It's been pretty quiet around these parts, with the Seattle Sounders seemingly happy to cede the weekend's spotlight to that other team that plays at CenturyLink Field. But there were still a few nuggets of news.

Most importantly, USL PRO released their list of home-openers for all 24 teams. Sounders 2 will open their inaugural season at home against Timbers 2.

Our adopted son, Fredy Montero, continued his recent hot streak. He scored again on Sunday, helping Sporting CP to a come-from-behind victory. Montero now has 10 goals in all competitions, including seven in league, all of which have come in the past 13. Sporting CP is 10-1-2 in that time.

Another former Sounder, Michael Gspurning, has a new team. The Austrian has signed with Schalke 04 ... well, kinda. He'll be playing for their U23 team and serving as a mentor.

MLS

There hasn't been much said about this, but it sounds as if MLS referees have been instructed to change the way they've been interpreting the offside rule. As Black and Red United documented here, it looks as if a change that Sigi Schmid has been asking for will come to pass. "Passive" offside players who are potentially interfering with the play will now be judged as such, even if they don't touch the ball. Of course, that interpretation may have also cost the Sounders a goal or two last year.

We all know in our heart of hearts that the Sounders have been highly successful. So, we appreciate the efforts of noted-Sounders fans Massive Report in illustrating just how well the Sounders have done over the past five seasons despite being one of the top spenders in the league.

Sacramento moved quite a bit closer to securing a MLS franchise last week when they not only brought the Sacramento Kings into their ownership group, but also the genius braintrust that has managed to run mismanage the San Francisco 49ers for most of their tenure.

World

Bayern Munich may be the best club in the world, but even they aren't immune to laying an absolute turd such as their 4-1 loss to Wolfsburg over the weekend. Bavarian Football Works says the reason why was simple: It was the midfield play, stupid.

The Africa Cup of Nations semifinals are set. DR Congo will play Ivory Coast, while Equatorial Guinea will take on Ghana.

This 40-yard bomb by a Sevilla player may have been the goal of the weekend:

If that was the goal of the week, this one from U.S. international Aron Johannsson is at least in the running:

The "Old Firm" derby was revived after several absent years. Celtic beat Rangers 2-0.

Zlatan was not amused by a reporter's questions about his relationship with teammate Edinson Cavani.

Sepp Blatter may be a corrupt monster, but even he knows that it's a bad look to be staging back-to-back World Cups in places that make even him feel uncomfortable.

Today is the final day of the transfer deadline in most of Europe. You can track all the moves right here.