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At what point does Jurgen take more responsibility? The Peru friendly is another test tonight. Also: The 5-day plan for the Sounders to take third in the West.

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Seattle

The Sounders have inspired and/or cross-promoted many beverages, but perhaps the fanciest is the Horse Heaven Hills Sounders FC Supporters Blend from Columbia Crest. A blend of Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc, it's "as lively as a home pitch game in Seattle." Hey, as long as they don't try to replicate the flavor or aroma of actual supporters, i'm sure it's pretty good. We already knew about this wine, but on September 9, THE NINETY is hosting one of those "drink wine and everyone paints the same thing" parties, Sounders style. Hopefully the painting is of an Obaflip with a flamethrower in the background.

Crossfire Premier has filed an official complaint with the FIFA Dispute Resolution Center, seeking $60,000 in solidarity payments from Deandre Yedlin's transfer to Tottenham Hotspur. The local youth club is joined by several other parties from around the country, including Clint Dempsey's youth club, Dallas Texans SC, which was blocked from receiving payment from Deuce's transfer to Fulham in 2007.

In just five days, the Sounders could be third in the West, sixth overall in the league and only five points off from the Supporters' Shield leaders. How, you may ask? Well, it all has to do with multiples of three...(and with virtually every result going our way).

Seattle Reign forward Dani Foxhoven sometimes hits the woodwork. Now she's learning to woodwork. She is already "sharp in the box," but she's also sharp with a miter box. At University of Portland she did drills with the Pilots, and now she's drilling pilot holes. She's -- whatever just watch the video.

Five Whitworth University players are suspended for one match after a photo of the group showed up on social media. They were dressed up as the Jackson Five, and lets just say they went too far.

Major League Soccer

You know what's nice? When someone writes a very clear and thorough explanation of a rather complex and confusing set of rules in a league with a lot of said rules. Over at the Brotherly Game you'll find a breakdown of the current state of the Homegrown Player rules and territories for the U.S. and Canada. Even better, the illustrations/infographics were handcrafted by our own Susie Rantz.

An official announcement on the final Saint Paul location for Minnesota United's move to MLS is expected this week. The stadium, planned for the Midway neighborhood, is expected to seat 18,000 and be paid for by the ownership group.

After years of foreign coaches and and inconsistency, the New York Red Bulls are looking very strong. Two men are in charge who are vastly experienced in the ways of MLS. Is that the secret formula for their success?

Speaking of the struggles of that franchise, the GM of the NY/NJ Metrostars during their years of suck was fired, but now he is "world soccer's best-connected American," and has Sir Alex Ferguson over for Veal Milanese. Grant Wahl has the story on how that came about.

US Soccer

Jurgen Klinsmann lets loose on the CONCACAF Gold Cup situation. He seems unhappy with various "clouds" overhanging the play, and he wants players that coach themselves. Also, Americans don't understand soccer well enough to judge him as a coach. Here's part one of the interview.

Isn't it time that Klinsmann took some responsibility for the very poor Gold Cup, especially four years after he has taken the reigns of the US program?

Tune into the friendly as the USMNT takes on Peru at 4:30 Pacific at RFK Stadium (Fox Sports 1)

Clearly some personnel changes should be made after that Gold Cup showing though, right Klinsy? Right? As far who should start tonight, here's one opinion.

I guess we don't need to worry so much. After all, the US has bumped up a spot to number 28 in the all-important FIFA World Rankings.

DeAndre Yedlin isn't the only young national teamer to make a move this transfer window. Catch up with the club exploits of Tim Ream, Aron Johansson and Bobby Wood.

Which national team has more US-born players than the USMNT itself? And is coached by the former technical director of the Sounders? That's right, it's Guam.

World

Supporters in England (and elsewhere) are responding to the current refugee crisis in Europe with welcome signs.

eSports and ESPN, it's getting bigger, judging by this job listing. Now you can look forward to the day when an EA FIFA 22 tournament goes too long and cuts into the first few minutes of a Sounders game. Or maybe it will be a Rocket League game?