Well, alright, things got pretty heated up here at the tail end of the transfer window. I mean, sure, we had brought in Friberg, but who likes tacos in the midfield anyway when you can have Austrian tacos? Now it is very likely that we will hear a DP announcement today, and that DP is very likely Nelson Valdez.
But that wasn't enough. If you weren't following along yesterday, tweets from sources of various significance pointed to the Sounders signing an elite Gold Cup defender, and then Wikipedia told us that Panamanian centerback Román Torres is already a Sounder! Must be true, right? Nothing seemed too concrete, but then the evidence piled up, and up.
But a last-minute glitch involving part-ownership of Torres' contract seems to have sunk the deal, and the Sounders may be out of luck, unable to write a new transfer contract until the next window.
Whatever other help is coming, it can't come soon enough. Not that we needed a reminder, but Seattle continues to tumble down RSL Soapbox's aggregate power rankings.
Major League Soccer
The LA Galaxy knocked 5 goals in against Central FC in their CONCACAF Champions League match at the StubHub Center, only conceding one. And they fielded a mostly reserve lineup, save Zardes, so their starters should be available against the Sounders this weekend. Oh, and Giovani Dos Santos had a nice run-out and scored a goal.
Signing news continues to trickle in, and here's a rundown of the larger moves, if slightly outdated at this point. Sporting KC have snagged themselves an exciting young player in Jordi Quintilla. He trained at La Masia and played on Barcelona B, so he must be the next Messi!
KC got some bad news, though. It turns out midfielder Roger Espinoza's foot did not fare too well after Nathan Sturgis' red-card-worthy tackle. He will be out 10 weeks with a fractured sesamoid. (Yes, you can learn what a sesamoid bone is at the link).
DC United have moved Jamaican forward Michael Seaton to Portland for some sweet sweet TAM and an international slot.
MLS has been testing a video review system for red cards, penalty kicks and goals, and they are ready to push the program forward. Don Garber wants to make it a reality, and the biggest obstacle is getting approved by FIFA and US Soccer.
Some changes are coming to USL, including a continued expansion of the season. Teams will now play 30 league games per year.
The Real Monarchs have signed an 18-year-old prolific goal scorer from the RSL Academy.
The San Jose Earthquakes loaned MLS and Scandinavia journeyman midfielder Khari Stephenson to the NASL's San Antonio Scorpions for the stretch run of their season.
Eintracht Frankfurt's coach, Armind Veh, has made a not-so-subtle statement, wondering out loud whether Timothy Chandler should even bother playing for the USMNT anymore. Sure, there have been poorly timed callups and the travel is often long for Chandler to join the team, but it seems a bit harsh for a club coach to lay that all on Chandler, right?
The FIFA/Coca-Cola World World Ranking table has Argentina/Coca Cola Classic holding strong at No. 1. Meanwhile, the USA/Cherry Coke Zero have moved up to 29. Personally, I can't kick the Diet Coke habit. This was a bad joke.
Is this the man to clean up FIFA? Former International Olympic Committee official Francois Carrard has been asked by FIFA to please head up its Reform Task Force, but the 77-year-old is undecided. His experience? Doing pretty much the same thing for the IOC during their corruption scandal in the 90s.
The USA network will show a weekly Premier League match throughout the 2015-2016 season, starting this weekend.
And now, here it is, your moment of zen:
Nolan Roux messieurs dames pic.twitter.com/YjNmrzH9ff— philippe (@philousports) August 6, 2015