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Junya Tanaka to the Sounders isn't a rumor, it's bad research

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Searching for rumors far and wide can lead to odd places. Note the mysterious case of Junya Tanaka. The Sporting Lisbon (Sporting CP for the pedantic) forward is connected to the Seattle Sounders on Ojogo, a Portuguese website. Their source? Seattle-based blogs and forums. It's not the only thing from today about this rumor:

Now, Tanaka would make a lot of sense. Sounders FC know Sporting fairly well. One of their biggest former stars is there, as is another former MLS player. Sporting CP even has some kind of partnership with the New England Revolution (which means MLS, too). Junya had five goals and an assist as a mostly reserve forward who sometimes played as a winger. He would be a good fit for Seattle's needs.

But, here's the thing. Nothing prior to July 27 connected Tanaka and the Sounders. And that connection is just ideation, nothing more. It was one of our readers saying that the player makes sense.

This is the anatomy of a not-really-a-rumor rumor. Unless koheiy works for the Sounders. Maybe it is a rumor after all.