Qatar is continuing to pose a large problem for journalists. After reporters from the BBC were invited to Qatar to view new accommodations for migrant workers, they were arrested and held in prison for conducting interviews and basically just doing their jobs. The journalists have recently been released and FIFA is allegedly looking into the charges. Seeing as this is the second time in two months that journalists have been arrested and interrogated in Qatar, it seems a bit unlikely that FIFA will actually make any changes.
After a recent incident involving Boca Juniors fans, the Argentine club has been forced to leave Copa Libertadores, as well as pay a $200,000 fine (among other punishments). Apparently FIFA doesn't think those punishments are enough, as they are reportedly considering docking CONMEBOL a World Cup playoff spot.
For all the hype, Gedion "Hope of our Nation" Zelalem has not played too many games in the public eye. Zelalem was recently cleared by FIFA to play for US Soccer, and will be playing for the US in the U-20 World Cup. He's likely to slot in as a central midfielder with the U-20s, and where he plays throughout the tournament could provide a lot of insight into his (potential) future role with the USMNT.
Clint Dempsey threw the first pitch of Sunday's Mariners game, but he wasn't the first Sounder to take the mound for the Mariners. Sigi Schmid, Kasey Keller, and two other Sounders have thrown first pitches, which you can all view (and rate) here.
When it comes to heckling, nobody gets it worse than goalkeepers. They are held in place mere feet from the opponent's supporter section for an entire half, often with nothing to do other than listen. Seattle's Stefan Frei and Troy Perkins opened up about getting yelled at in different stadiums around MLS, and surprisingly they both named Real Salt Lake's Rio Tinto Stadium as having the meanest fans.
It went a bit under the radar, but D.C. United announced a new signing yesterday: 27-year-old Facundo Coria. Coria has spent the last few years bouncing around a few different rosters, most recently having played for Argentinos Juniors.
When LAFC announced they would be joining MLS, they mentioned that "LAFC" would just be a placeholder until they determined their real name (of course with input from fans). Well it looks like they're fairly close to making it official and just keeping "LAFC."
Yura Movsisyan scored 20 goals for RSL between 2006 and 2009, after which he moved to Europe, eventually landing with Spartak Moscow. Movsisyan has scored 22 goals for the Red-Whites, but after some problems with Spartak's coach it looks like he could soon be parting ways with the club. He probably won't be making a move back to RSL though.
In case you missed it, the LA Galaxy recently lost 4-0 to Orlando City SC. What's even better is how salty they are about it. They are even trying to distract themselves from the loss by publishing a "Star Map," a guide which depicts many of the famous US Soccer and Galaxy players associated with Southern California.
In a few weeks you'll be able to see Steven Gerrard's face on the above Star Map. But when Gerrard was asked to sign a Galaxy jersey after his final game for Liverpool, he refused. "I'm not signing it until I'm there."
One Columbus Crew SC fan decided to get a tattoo of of Chad Marshall's screaming face (as well as Federico Higuain and the Crew logo):