Sounders U23 play in the PDL Western Conference semifinals today in Tucson, Ariz. against San Jose Earthquakes affiliate Burlingame Dragons FC.
In Briefly-a-Sounder news, Christian Tiffert is looking for a team in Germany at 33. In fact, according to a machine translation, the man with the greatest death stare in Sounders history is "staying in the training of violets." [German]
It's a rough stretch for Sounders fans. We've been lucky not to have been subjected to many extended slumps in the Sounders' MLS era, but this terrible July is almost over and hopefully reinforcements change things. Until then, lets argue about something else, like how accurate is this history of Washington music in 10 songs?
Major League Soccer
A Saint Paul stadium still seems to be the way forward for a Minnesota team in MLS. But the project might be more complex than it seems, since it could be part of a massive "stadium, office, retail, housing, hospitality, etc." complex.
The LA Galaxy wants to be a super club, but they also want to produce a pipeline of talent. But with all the stars filling up the starting 11, how do the academy prospects grow into effective MLS players?
RSL Soapbox aggregate power rankings, Seattle Sounders, last 5 weeks: 1, 6, 4, 5, 9. There's not much more to say about that (nor much argument to be made against it).
But there are lots of ways to rank teams. Here's an interesting one borrowed from ranking chess players, the Elo Rating. (Don't worry, the Sounders still rank 9th).
Miami Beckham United inches closer to artificial, extended, whenever-you-get-around-to-it deadlines from MLS to lock down a stadium deal. But a group of Miami commissioners has voted to allow the group to enter negotiations with the city over such a deal, so the train rolls on.
It's not always easy to be a Philadelphia Union fan. Some would even say that the Union front office doesn't deserve to have a team with such diehard supporters. Either way, Philly are not standing pat, having just traded Sheanon Williams to the Houston Dynamo for allocation money, freeing up cap and roster space for a potential move? I'm sure it will be something very wise and effective.
Ismail Elfath is looking forward to refereeing the all star game.
Gold Cup and US Soccer
No one likes to lose a game "because of" a referee's call, but you know it was particularly controversial when Panama's coach feels like retiring from soccer, and Panama requests to have the entire tainted referee's committee removed.
However controversial the game, it made for some good TV. 6.3 million cable TV viewers watched the Gold Cup on Wednesday, with the PAN-MEX game getting a 1.9 18-49 rating and the US game garnering a 0.5.
26 Americans play on 18 Mexican pro clubs between Liga MX and the Torneo de Ascenso.
American fans of the German league got some troubling news from Fox Sports when it comes to how and where they can watch their games. The best option for heavy Bundesliga watchers would seem to be the $100-per-year Fox Soccer 2 Go option.