The influx of talent to MLS from a single nation is rarely a coincidence. Former MLS player Kurt Morsink is the agent for five Costa Rican players to recently move to MLS, including a few from powerhouse Saprissa.
It's hard to blame DeAndre Yedlin for speaking fondly of Jurgen Klinsmann, given the former Sounder's emergence on the national stage under his tenure.
Soccer fans' passion for accumulating scarves is hard to explain, but here's a pretty good try.
Soccer to Watch Today:
English Premier League
11:45am AFC Bournemouth vs Arsenal NBCSN, NBC Sports Live
12:00pm Crystal Palace vs Swansea City NBC Sports Live
12:00pm Stoke City vs Watford NBC Sports Live