Despite the other craziness of the Sounders' transfer window moves, Garth Lagerwey would like to remind you not to forget about Andreas Ivanschitz. With the uncertainty surrounding Marco Pappa's status, Ivanschitz could be called upon right away and in a big way for creativity in the midfield.
It was more fun linking to the aggregate power rankings from RSL Soapbox when Seattle were an untouchable fixture at No. 1, We won't lie. Still, just look at all the potential for moving up the rankings now!
Steve Zakuani's charitable work is still going strong, and an upcoming match to support Kingdom Hope looks like it will be a great time. You get to watch former Seattle players (Levesque, anyone?) as well as S2 and Reign players and Sounders coaching staffers battle it out for bragging rights. We'd watch that. Hell, you can even play in the match for the right price.
Amadou Sanyang and Oalex Anderson are awesome, and here's more proof: They went out in support of a Tukwila community day out for safety and growing community bonds. [Video]
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An exciting game in the Bronx at an unusual Thursday night time slot saw NYCFC beat DC United 3-1. Is this a "season-changer and momentum-changer" for NYC? Jason Kreis definitely hopes so. Pirlo may be ancient, but he can still drop the ball on a dime for David Villa once in awhile.
Real Salt Lake are having themselves a rough year, but they have brought in a DP reinforcement. That's right, The Burrito has landed. Boca Juniors forward Juan Manuel Martinez is just working on his paperwork at this point. Now, Seattle invented buying down DP CDM's with TAM in order to bring in attacking talent, but RSL is following suit by buying down Kyle Beckerman.
Infographics can often be pretty but pretty meaningless, and indeed this one comparing a squad's combined MLS experience to it's spot in the table doesn't seem to tell you much. However it is interesting to note that the Sounders side has nearly double the total MLS experience of the Orlando City SC team coming to visit this weekend.
Kaká will likely get his 90th and 91st Brazil caps and miss another Orlando City match. He was called up for the Seleção in the September friendlies against the US and Costa Rica.
Who is your favorite Soccer announcer? If you answered Arlo White, you are correct. The New York Times has given White and his unique career path the feature treatment. It's safe to say, the former voice of the Sounders has found his happy place.
Fox Sports recently secured the rights to broadcast Bundesliga matches in the US, and to lure in viewers they are streaming the opening match (Bayern Munich vs. Hamburg) for free on their YouTube channel. Tune in at 11 AM here!