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Sounders current and past play in WC qualifiers, Carmelo Anthony bringing NASL back to Puerto Rico, and some of Chuck Blazer's secrets are about to be spilled.

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Seattle

Hey guys guess what? Jordan Morris is good enough to play professionally, but he is committed to staying at Stanford for the time being! If you feel like you've read a story from every possible angle on this subject, well, still read this one from Howler magazine. Read a bit about how the US Soccer landscape has changed for college-aged players, and also it's always fun to read quotes from Morris about his "super-special" bond with Sounders FC.

In a sometimes-messy, chippy and foul-heavy match last night, S2 beat La Galaxy II at Starfire. The goal was pretty. The violence and subsequent red card for Sergio was not.

Former Sounders U23 keeper Douglas Herrick earned a clean sheet and a victory for the Guam national team over Turkmenistan in a World Cup qualifier - the first ever played in Guam.

Also, on Wednesday, S2's Oalex Anderson put in an 80-minute shift for St. Vincent and the Grenadines in their qualifier with Guyana, helping his team to a 2-2 draw.

USA! USA!

It's game day! Sweden (and Sundhage) are next up for the US in the World Cup. Stay tuned here for the game thread and more.

Stadia/Expansion

There was once a time when the Pontiac Silverdome was destined to be a pro soccer stadium (or at least there was talk about it). Those days are no more, but if you're in the market, it's for sale.

In better stadium news, despite criticism of Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium as a World Cup venue, this report indicates it was at its best and brimming with excitement during the Canada match.

Public transit seems to be a central requirement for a potential new home for the New England Revolution, which seems very wise. FOIA'ed MassDOT documents indicate a new stadium site might even include a transit hub beneath.

Rumors that Carmelo Anthony is investing in a new NASL team to rise from the ashes of the Puerto Rico Islanders turn out to be right. The NBA star of Puerto Rican descent says he's "honored" to bring pro football back. In fact, they'll play in the same stadium as the former NASL team, just a newly-renovated version.

If you don't like it when team owners talk about supporters' groups like pawns in a marketing campaign (with heavy use of the word "millenial"), don't read this piece about Charlotte Independence and the plan to one day make it to MLS.

FIFAgeddon

I'll be honest, I wasn't willing to listen closely enough to this to make out too many words, but Jack Warner has taken to the airwaves to respond to John Oliver's purchase of airtime on Trinidad's biggest TV station.

Interpol decided it was a little too awkward for them to be taking money from FIFA to support one program while on the other hand actively investigating the organization at the highest level.

And finally, I look excitedly forward to the day when Chuck Blazer's plea deal with the US government is unsealed, and thanks to the requests of many news organizations, that day will likely be very soon.