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Major Link Soccer: Bad Blood, Young Lineup, and a Foreign Country

After last Wednesday's game there is bad blood between the Seattle Sounders and CD Olimpia, can Seattle's young lineup handle the pressure in Honduras.

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Some of the Seattle Sounders didn't fly home Saturday night, instead they flew to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Tegucigalpa is renowned for it's difficult and dangerous landings for any large commercial airliner thanks in part to its unusual mountainous location. Couple that with an extremely short runway and most passengers will give landing in Tegucigalpa a pucker factor of 10.

Bad Blood, young lineup, and a foreign country. All the makings for a tough game for the Seattle Sounders against CD Olimpia tonight. Not to mention they "Mean Mugged Brad Evans" in Tuesday's newspaper quoting him that "he expects hell in Tegus" for his team.

Hell isn't the only thing expected tonight in Tegucigalpa for the Sounders, "Revenge is on the minds for CD Olimpia".  Advancing in the CONCACAF Champions League is also up for grabs for  Club Deportivo Olimpia and the Seattle Sounders.

With all the fires blazing in Washington State it's hard to find someone east of the mountains not affected. The soccer community is no different. When he is not playing for Wenatchee FC Vidal Hurtado is doing all   he can to stop the fires.

Major League Soccer

The Toronto attacker has had a stellar season, and is one of the front runners to win to the league’s MVP award. Sebastian Giovinco feels that he is playing better in Major League Soccer than he was in Europe.

It's hard to get a head coaching job in soccer, just ask Brian Schmetzer. Some would say it is harder to keep a head coaching job, but in Major League Soccer a teams downward sprial isn't always taken out on the coach.

He has only played three games for his new club but his current coach feels Steven Gerrard has what it takes to be a manager. Maybe Bruce Arena could see him taking charge of the LA Galaxy.

World Soccer

Kano Pillars' unbeaten home record in the Nigerian Premier League comes to an end as they lose 2-1 to Nasarawa United. Some would say no biggie, but the unbeaten streak was twelve years, or one hundred forty four months, or four thousand four hundred forty six days. However you look at it, it's was a very long time.

I had my fingers crossed he would come play in Seattle with his brother in-law, but that was not to be. Mario Balotelli will be returning to a more familiar place when he signs his loan move to AC Milan. Will it put his career back on track is another question all together.

DeAndre Yedlin left Seattle with hopes of breaking into the Tottenham team, currently that idea hasn't come to fruition. Now a loan looks to be in the cards for the Seattlite with teams in England, Spain, and the rest of Europe eager to bring the American in.

Goal of the week Nominees: Free Kick from distance, Sublime Volley,  and a Bike in tight space.

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