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The Seattle Sounders kick off the 2016 Desert Diamond Cup today against their old foe the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

The Seattle Sounders kickoff the 2016 Desert Diamond Cup tonight at 4pm against Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps.

In January local youth club Seattle United partnered with the Seattle Reign FC to form an elite-level female soccer academy for girls between 13-18. Tuesday it was announced that Tracey Kevins will be the Technical Director of Seattle Reign Academy. As the Academy’s Technical Director, Kevins will lead the development and implementation of Reign FC’s youth curriculum.

Seven Washington youth clubs join existing members Crossfire Premier and the Seattle Sounders in the USSDA U12 boys academy for the 2016-17 season.

Cristian Roldan had a somewhat successful first season after being drafted out of the University of Washington, but now comes the hard part. Year two is sometimes called the sophomore slump, but can Roldan buck that trend and become an integral part of the team?

Call it what you will but it is no "wet dream" for opposing defenses, in fact I would classify Seattle's attack as an outright "nightmare" for anyone that faces them.

The Seattle Sounders have gotten younger on the first team, and now will prepare to get younger at S2 as they integrate more academy players into the fold.

To Stanford head coach Jeremy Gunn, Jordan Morris’ rise to soccer stardom not only put the Pac-12 program on the map, but also showcased the talent college soccer has to offer.

Major League Soccer

Discovery rights mean something in MLS. Tuesday Orlando City was told to cease and desist in their pursuit of Antonio Nocerino.

The Chicago Fire went Dutch on Tuesday, signing FC Groningen defender Johan Kappelhof. Chicago signed Kappelhof to a three-year contract and used some of the TAM they collected on draft day.

Real Salt Lake is bringing back Chris Wingert for 2016 after claiming him off waivers.

In a winning stroke for U.S. Soccer this week, Chelsea announced the signing of two American players: Matt Miazga and Kyle Scott. What isn’t as much of a winning move is the L.A. Galaxy signing 35-year-old Ashley Cole.

U.S. Soccer

Last week it was Landon Donovan and his wife celebrating a birth. This week Stuart Holden and his wife are celebrating. On the women's side of the game, USWNT players have shown that having a baby doesn’t necessarily end a career.

Fueled by the growth of the game, the USA’s rivalry against Canada will be ignited once again come Friday. And while not as heated or as evenly matched as a USA vs. Mexico match, it still can be considered one of the fiercest in CONCACAF.

Good news for U.S. Soccer fans, Aron Johannsson has been declared fit and has returned to training with Werder Bremen.

Twenty-one NCAA Championship titles. Eight-time National Coach of the Year. Nine-time ACC Coach of the Year. The first U.S. coach to win a World Cup title in 1991.

World Soccer

World soccer has always been the same in the sense that the teams with the big pockets attract big time players. Now those teams are more and more coming from the most unlikely of places. It's starting to make one country worry if it is a trend.

Most 16 year olds are worried about homework and girls, but Gianluigi Donnarumma has to worry about getting scored on by some of the best strikers in the world. Donnarumma is the starting goalkeeper for AC Milan.

Atletico Madrid conducted a tidy piece of business on Tuesday by selling Jackson Martinez to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande for a fee believed to be €42 million. Martinez was only bought last year for €35 million.

Paolo Maldini is up there with the best there ever was. His calibre is proven in the European Cup and the Champions League, while the longevity of his career is a direct result of his intelligent defending and love for AC Milan, where he stayed for the entirety of his career.

If you have ever needed to look for a job then you probably know what LinkedIn is. One club decided to use LinkedIn to look for a player and it worked.

Goals of the Week: I couldn't pick three so this week we have five nominees, which is your favorite?