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Major Link Soccer: Morris, Kovar, Lawal show off a bright Sounders future

Add to that a U20 callup for Roldan and it's a good time to be a young Sounder. Does the USMNT need a distinct style to be successful? Gspurning talks MLS.

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Jordan Morris is having another moment. His first start and goal on Wednesday have garnered quite the reaction across the interwebs and beyond, and we even have a storystream to keep you caught up on the commentary about this hopefully-soon-a-first-team-Sounder. His fellow Sounders are definitely happy for him.

But away from the spotlight of the national stage, other young Sounders are showing off talent and being rewarded. Cristian Roldan has been called into the US U20 World Cup training sessions after his solid play at the MLS level. Aaron Kovar is already a terror on the wing with his wicked crosses, and his improvement is impressing his coaches and teammates.

Speaking of Kovar, he was often the most dangerous man on the pitch for Sounders FC 2 Thursday night against Tulsa. Despite the defensive lapses in this match, S2 continues to score at a ridiculous pace. 19-year-old Qudus Lawal also had a great night, netting two early and missing a great chance later to complete a hattrick.

In other words, the future is bright.

Dave Tenney is big on using technology to track training, fitness and game-readiness in his players. This is known, and it seems that putting up with the inconveniences of having your life (diet, exercise, sleep) tracked so closely is part of being a Sounder. Here is one of the better in-depth looks at the array of tech the Sounders use on and off the training field.

Newcastle United are rumored to be making a US tour for their preseason, and what better region to visit for your worthy-MLS-opponent needs than the PNW? Coming Home Newcastle makes a good case for why the team should make Seattle their home base for the trip.

US Pro Soccer

What should the NY Cosmos do to become relevant again? Well, if you want some truly deep analysis on that subject, look no further than Pele, who advises that buying excellent players, winning championships and building a home stadium would be the way to go.

Terrence Boyd, Michael Gspurning, and Ernst Öbster ruminate on what makes MLS and the American style of soccer unique. [Link in German]

Dumping in crosses or threading throughballs past the defense to tricky runs, which creates more chances and goals, regardless is which is "better soccer"? The analysis of this question on the MLS site is interesting. With little data to go on so far this season, the Sounders are on the higher end of the the throughball/cross ratio among MLS teams.

MLS has made a huge international push in getting its games onto screens throughout the world. You might be surprised to hear MLS described as a "top-10 team" in terms of global broadcast coverage. What's the idea here, and why were so many broadcasters interested in the rights to MLS matches?

USWNT

After the announcement of the easily-predicted Women's World Cup roster, it makes sense to ask: is the talent pool in the US really so shallow, or is the next generation of great USWNT players being left off the list?

World

Bayern Munich lost a Champion's League quarterfinal rather badly, and only having 14 healthy players to pick from surely didn't help. After apparently being blamed by the club for the loss, the head doctor and other members of the medical staff have resigned after long tenures with the team.

What do we mean when we talk about style? Questioning whether the USMNT has a distinct style and whether it needs one.

Faiq Bolkiah is a young Chelsea player and promising dual-national US prospect, which is great. But then you learn that his uncle is the Sultan of Brunei and one of the world's richest me, and his father is one of the most notorious spenders of money on the planet. You should read this only because it includes the phrase:"$1.3 million worth of 'erotic fountain pens.'"

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