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Drogba returns (for the moment), FIFA requests the return of their bribe money, and Toronto FC loses viewers to sliding chunks of rock.

Didier Drogba: seen here not playing for the Montreal Impact.
Didier Drogba: seen here not playing for the Montreal Impact.
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Seattle

The Sounders Alliance Council held their first meeting of the season back on March 1. They now have a summary of that meeting up on their site.

The Sounders Twitter feed posted this lovely photo of a group of people yachting together in China.

MLS

In some completely earth-shattering news, the Montreal Impact have announced that a player they pay millions of dollars to has agreed to grace them with his presence in their upcoming match. No word yet on if this will continue to next week, but it seems unlikely.

Toronto FC continues to struggle when it comes to pulling TV ratings in Canada. Also worth noting is that five of the top six most watched sporting events last weekend were curling competitions. Canada is weird.

American Soccer Analysis has taken a look at how much (or how little) pass completion rate has correlated to success in the first two weeks of MLS 2016.

A presumably completely unbiased writer over at LAG confidential would like to point out that the San Jose Earthquakes are really just an awful team that has been really really lucky to start the season.

Our friends over at Once a Metro are concerned that their club may have been "figured out" by the rest of MLS. Is their team just too predictable to this season?

NYCFC has traded targeted allocation money to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for yet another international spot.

At only two weeks into the season, DC United is losing their second goalkeeper. Andrew Dykstra will miss at least 10 weeks after undergoing back surgery.

With an international window quickly approaching, MLS teams are starting to learn which players they may have to do without. The Chicago Fire announced yesterday that David Accam has been called to the Ghanian National Team.

The Colorado Rapids will themselves be losing two players. A Guatemalan International by the name of Marco Pappa, along with Irishman Kevin Doyle.

NASL

Despite several years with no apparent progress at all, the New York Cosmos remain confident in their plans of building their own stadium.

USA

The Guardian asks the question of why the United States is unable to develop a world class soccer star. In an indirect rebuttal, MLS GB argues that we already have.

The overlapping play of Olympic and World Cup qualifying matches continues to put Jurgen Klinsmann in a tough spot where he must balance priorities, decide which games are most important, and choose which players will represent the nation for them.

Sebastian Saucedo was tempted in November to switch from the United States to Mexico. He has now decided that his allegiance lies with team USA.

World

FIFA has now admitted publicly that bribes were accepted in exchange for World Cup voting. They also requested that the US justice department give them some of their bribe money back.