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Major Link Soccer: A USMNT Nailbiter

Also, Sounders return home from international duty and it’s Scarftember

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Soccer: FIFA World Cup Qualifier-Costa Rica at USA Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle

Jordan Morris managed to make another important contribution to the USMNT, earning a crucial assist on the 85th minute Booby Wood equalizer that salvaged a point against Honduras.

Gustav Svensson is back in Seattle and ready for the Sounders’ next match this weekend against the LA Galaxy. He was released by the Sounders early to give him a chance to join Sweden’s team in World Cup Qualifiers and ended up seeing some playing time in Sweden’s 4-0 dismantling of Belarus.

The Sounders will unveil XBox Forza Motorsport 7 branded jerseys this weekend against the Galaxy. Read about how you can add the Forza Motorsport 7 logo to your jersey. If this sounds familiar, it is — we told you this was coming.

MLS

New York City FC, sitting in second place in the East, has two massive non-conference home games with major implications for the Sounders. They host #3 -ranked Sporting Kansas City tonight followed by the Portland Timbers on Saturday. The Blue Testament breaks down tonight’s matchup.

Importantly though, when the teams take the field tonight, NYCFC will be missing golden boot leader David Villa (19 goals, 9 assists) who suffered an adductor strain in training camp with La Roja. Hudson River Blue has the details on El Guaje’s injury and the prospects for him returning to action against Portland.

It’s Scarftember! Post tagged pics of your scarf collection to benefit the Kick Childhood Cancer initiative from MLS WORKS. Read all about it and start posting.

We’ve talked a little, here on Sounder at Heart, about Atlanta’s gorgeous new digs. Tune in this Saturday to see them host FC Dallas for their inaugural match in their new home.

USA

USMNT Coach Bruce Arena admitted in an interview on Tuesday he thought a loss today against Honduras might have doomed the team’s chances of qualifying for the World Cup.

The team looked frustrated and in trouble against Honduras before managing a late goal on what seemed to be a broken set piece, to pull out a point.

Here are the player ratings for the US-Honduras match from Goal.com.

World

In late CONCACAF World Cup qualifying Panama knocked off Trinidad and Tobago (featuring the Sounders’ Joevin Jones) to move into third place ahead of the USMNT.

Mexico (featuring Giovani dos Santos in his 100th cap for El Tri) and Costa Rica tied to maintain their relative #1 and #2 positions respectively in the Hex.

In CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying, Argentina has slipped to 5th place after tying Venezuela. Here is a rundown of all of the South American action.

Sometimes you forget how much the beautiful game means; in some countries making the big show is everything, as clips like this remind us.

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