In the first edition of Sound Off, we take you around the soccer world to keep you up to speed on all its glorious awesome-sauceness.
Welcome to the first installment of the newest feature on SoundersFC.com – Sound Off. What we have here is a little smorgasbord of the latest happenings in the soccer world. Whether it’s that sweet goal scored in the Premier League or the new outrageously fashionable kit just released in Italy…this will be your one-stop shop to indulge in it all. Obviously, there will be an emphasis on our beloved Sounders and MLS, but the goal is to keep things varied. Enjoy!
Link Madness – Get them while they’re hot
Landon Donovan returned to the USMNT team in triumphant fashion as the Americans put a hurting on Guatemala in their Gold Cup tune-up friendly (LINK)
Speaking of America, arguably the country’s top forwards, one Jozy Altidore, is heading back to England as Sunderland have scooped him up from AZ Alkmaar (LINK)
Altidore and future USA captain Michael Bradley owe a lot of their success to Dutch legend Gertjan Verbeek (LINK)
What do you think of the new UEFA Champions League match ball? (LINK)
If you’re a Liverpool supporter (to complement your Sounders fandom), you may be wondering what’s going on in their kit design meetings (LINK)
Interesting story of the son of a former Sounders player realizing his dreams (LINK)
How about this for a bicycle kick goal against some pretty stellar competition. (LINK)
In the opener of the Gold Cup, Canada got rocked by a later winner from Martinique. Yes, that’s a country. (LINK)
The boys at Bumpy Pitch have some great new stadium-inspired shirts available on their online store. Where’s CenturyLink? (LINK)
Our Obafemi Martins has one heckuva dining room (LINK)
MLS Recap – A quick look back at the weekend’s play in the one and only Major League Soccer
New England continued to play well in 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes (that’s the Sounders next opponent) – RECAP | Two early strikes from Sporting KC were the difference in their rivalry match with the Chicago Fire – RECAP | Those Timbers finally lost as Columbus held on for a big 1-0 win on Sunday – RECAP | It was the Robbie Keane show as the LA Galaxy topped FC Dallas 2-0. Keane set up both goals - RECAP | Chivas nearly beat Montreal. Nearly - RECAP
Tweets of the Week – The best Sounders-related nuggets in 140 characters or less
Sitting in the passport agency waiting for my name to be called... Feels like draft day all over again.— Eriq Zavaleta (@_AIR_RIQ_) July 5, 2013
Sounders rookie forward Eriq Zavaleta sweating it at the passport office. Hopefully he's not still waiting...
Lamar Neagle, American hero.
If you didn't know, our players are also fashion icons.
Video of the Week - Watch and be impressed
The latest edition of "MLS Insider" featured a segment on the Cascadia Cup ahead of the Sounders' visit to Vancouver this past Saturday. It's quite the spectacle and really shows the love the Pacific Northwest has for the great sport of soccer.