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Major Link Soccer: US Open Cup kicks off in Tacoma

FC Tacoma 253 and the Kitsap Pumas kick off the first round of the US Open Cup tonight with the winner getting a chance to play S2.

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Seattle

The US Open Cup is coming to Seattle soon but first will pass through Tacoma. Tonight the Kitsap Pumas take on FC Tacoma 253 in the first round. Tickets for tonight's game can be purchased here. The winner will play the Seattle Sounders FC 2 May 20 at Starfire Sports Complex.

The Seattle Sounders travel to Vancouver this weekend and hope to take 3 points with them when they leave. The Vancouver Whitecaps have started the season strong and lead the Cascadia Cup standings.

S2 hasn't lost a game at home, but the road is another story. Seattle sits third in the USL Western Conference Standings with a record of 4-3-1. Seattle has a home game this Saturday against OKC Energy FC (which, given recent tectonic activity in the OKC area, should probably be a San Jose Quakes affiliate.)

Despite only 11 minutes of first team action, DeAndre Yedlin wants everyone to know he is ready.  Yedlin will have some time off when the season finishes May 24, but by the end of the summer Yedlin hopes to find himself a starting spot for Tottenham.

Which Seattle team will you be watching this weekend? The results of this Seattle Times poll may be obvious.

American Soccer Analysis has Chad Marshall and Osvaldo Alonso as the 33rd and 31st best players in MLS.

Major League Soccer

This summer the Gold Cup and Copa America will cause havoc in the MLS with players departing their club teams to represent their country. Orlando City SC star Kaka is one of those players who could leave. Kaka was added to the preliminary 30 man roster for Brazil yesterday.

Carlos Tevez could be playing with Juventus in the Champions League Final June 6. Where he will play next year isn't so sure, with word coming out that his representatives have reached out to MLS about a possible move.

Say hello to new Colorado Rapids striker Luis Solignac.

Two years ago FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz took some time off to donate, donate his bone marrow to a man diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. After Saturday's win over the LA Galaxy Seitz finally met the man he saved.

You know how some people say Harrison isn't that far from New York? This video shows why folks aren't super excited to cross the Hudson River to Red Bull Arena.

U.S. Soccer

The U.S. U15 Boys National Team recently took part in the Tournament delle Nazioni. The U.S. had some stiff competition but were able to prevail 3-2 over Austria in the final for their first ever Nazioni cup. Coach John Hackworth shares his thoughts on how the tournament unfolded and how the team performed.

Bobby Wood grew up playing soccer in Hawaii, now he finds himself in East Germany hoping for survival. Wood's current club FC Erzgebirge are fighting to stay out of the German third division.

The season is coming to an end in Europe, but for Aron Johannsson and Geoff Cameron their play is ramping up with hopes of making the Gold Cup roster this summer.

The USWNT won 3-0 on Sunday against Ireland. Abby Wambach scored a brace with her mother in the stands. Ruesha Littlejohn probably wishes her mom was there to help her after she took a point blank shot to the face in a sequence of events that led to Wambach's first goal.

World Soccer

Can you imagine a billion dollar sports complex used for a handful of events and made into a parking lot? Because welcome to Brazil.

Berlin will host the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final on June 6. Barcelona have already booked their spot with their aggregate victory over Bayern Munich, but who will join them? Juventus or Real Madrid?

It happens every year; players transfer to clubs for prestige and money. The problem is that not every transfer works out and said players end up making the list of "10 Most Disappointing Premier League Players of 2014/15."

There's the Manchester Derby, Derby della Madonnina, Old Firm, and there is the Superclasico. In the Buenos Aires the capital of Argentina you only have to utter the word Superclasico to find out how much soccer means to a city and its people.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter hasn't visited the USA for many years, and that might be because he's scared of the FBI.

Goal of the week Nominees: Double Bike, 35 yard Bike, Own Goal, and well just watch.

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