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T-2 Days. Zach Scott is a normal dude, but he is also Mr. Sounder. Also, MLS is a pyramid scheme ready to collapse.

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Seattle

Sigi Schmid and Caleb Porter face off again on Sunday, and CP won't have access to some of his top players. What kind of Timbers team can we expect at CenturyLink? Surely Porter has been awake for days planning the perfect strategy. A piece on the team site looks at how Porter has adapted to the realities of Major League Soccer, and just how consistent Schmid is. Stay tuned to the end where we learn that Sigi is in fact a Jedi.

I've been enjoying the "To Be a Sounder" interviews on SoundersFC.com as well, and a particular player's turn has come up at just the right time (Preview quote: "If Mr. Sounder means just being a normal dude, then sure, I'm a normal dude and I'll be Mr. Sounder"). Zach Scott has likely been pressed into starting duty just as Portland comes to town, and what perfect moment for Mr. Sounder to step in.

Major League Soccer

The Disciplinary Committee had a busy week, and here's another challenge where no foul was called but a suspension and fine were later handed out: Josh Saunders flies in high and hard with this studs-up tackle on Timber Ishamel Yartey. To be fair, it looks like the referee's view of this play after the quick counterattack was pretty limited.

Orlando City SC's Chief Operating Officer, Brett Lashbrook, has resigned. Apparently getting the new MLS franchise to 14,000 season ticket holders with a waiting list for more is job well done, and Lashbrook is moving on to new challenges.

A coauthor of Soccernomics has obtained some information on MLS finances from a league source, and he has used it to portray MLS as a pyramid scheme being funded by expansion fees. Further, he predicts the imminent financial collapse of the league. Huge if true. (Also, probably not true, here's why)

Real Salt Lake USL affiliate Real Monarchs have struck a deal to have their remaining 2015 matches aired on local TV. S2, we're waiting on you.

US Soccer

After completely ignoring United States symbolism and colors for the new women's home kit, Nike is forced to defend itself amid the blowback. Note to Nike - when explaining why your new design doesn't represent America, probably don't come back with "well the color of the cleats is an homage to the lakes of Canada." Of course, some may find the design "brilliantly simple." A bit of good news, I guess, is that this kit won't spread to other US national squads.

Top Drawer Soccer's podcast talks US men's U20s and U23s with Liviu Bird.

World

Tottenham wants to be the next London club to host NFL games in their new stadium.

Brazilian soccer is in big money trouble, and the government may pass a bill enforcing financial responsibility. Are teams selling on their best young players too early and diluting the quality of the league?

Craft beer and MLS, it's a combination that has marketing people on both sides drooling because of the seemingly-perfect demographic crossover. Commence argument below about what craft beer means really in 3...2...1...