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Major Link Soccer: NWSL Final set, SJ Ultras walk out

Reportedly intimidated by police, San Jose's superfans are taking issue with an unnamed member of the Earthquakes' staff.

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Seattle

It was a memorable weekend across the city for local sports teams.

Good: Missing most of their starting offense and playing a team that needed to win to stay alive, the Seattle Sounders managed to win in hostile territory to nearly cement their playoff hopes. But you probably already know about that. He didn't score in the game, but Jordan Morris has expanded his game to the praise of many.

That team with the other Roldan (Seattle University) took two 2-0 victories to start WAC play. 21st ranked Utah Valley University was quickly followed by CSU Bakersfield, giving Seattle U a strong start to 2016.

Bad: The Seattle Mariners came really close to making their first playoff appearance since 2001, but came up short in the final two games of the 162-game season when they likely needed to win both.

Overtime was the undoing of the UW Men's team in a 1-0 loss to Pac-12 rivals San Diego State. They'll take on Stanford Thursday evening, whose Women's team dismantled Washington 3-0.

Ugly: At least one local athlete has been receiving death threats for their participation in the conversation/protests of the National Anthem. Doug Baldwin will be on 60 Minutes tomorrow to talk about why he, the son of a Florida police officer, is advocating for new training techniques and a demilitarization of the country's police force.

MLS

In an LA Times article, the wide pay gap between the league's elite attacking talent and it's best defenders is questioned (including a quote from Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey.)

There will be more information in this week's MLS Round-up, but Seattle's victory yesterday may have handed Portland Timbers the Cascadia Cup. With the loss, Vancouver Whitecaps would need to win their game against Portland at the end of the season by a three-goal margin to achieve both the points and goal-differential to make the steal. Seattle is out of the running.

You may have seen 15 year-old Alphonso Davies on the pitch during Sunday's match, but you weren't the only one. The Province reports that Manchester United had a scout at BC Place keeping eye on the talented youngster.

The only thing Matt Doyle has to say about Seattle in his newest Armchair Analyst is that Seattle's comeback is pretty good, but not even the best this year.

Rumors out the the Daily Mirror have disgraced manager Sam Allardyce looking for a move to MLS to revive his coaching career.

The LA Galaxy have been leaking goals since losing a prolific(ly hacky) defender, prompting the idea of bringing AJ DeLaGarza back into the starting lineup.

Many fans of opposing teams around the league will be happy* to hear that Dominic Kinnear will return to the San Jose Earthquakes for the 2017 season.

The San Jose Ultras were reportedly subject to intimidation by a member of the Quakes Organization (via the San Jose Police Department) at their recent home match against Sporting KC, and staged a walkout in retaliation. The easy response to this would be an homage to the late, great Gene Wilder, but even the shirtless among us deserve basic supporter's dignity and rights.

US Soccer

Brad Friedel's U-19 team has been assembled, including a few Sounders Academy players.

St Louis' failed bid to keep the NFL's St. Louis Rams may be inadvertently hurting their new goal of bringing in an MLS team.

While St. Louis struggles, MLS appears to be actively campaigning for certain other cities, like Sacramento with their new MLSsoccer visit video.

The President of Arizona United SC has soccer in the blood. Figuratively.

NWSL

In front of a crowd of over 20,000, the Portland Thorns managed to make up a two goal deficit in the semifinals of the NWSL playoffs and force overtime. But they weren't able to account for Western New York Flash's Lyn Williams, who scored twice in the first extra period to put the game out of reach, and put the Flash in the Final.

The Flash will meet the Washington Spiritfinally able to proceed to the NWSL Final unaccosted (sic) by the Seattle Reign. The Spirit also had to survive extra time against the Chicago Red Stars but advanced on a 111' Francisca Ordega goal. The final between the Spirit and the Flash will be played in Houston on October 9.

World

Knuckleheads exist in all corners of the globe, but there appears to be something about West Ham United's new digs that are bringing out the asshole. Three fans were arrested over the weekend, one accused of assaulting an officer.