It's officially Cascadia Week! The hated Portland Timbers will be in Seattle this Sunday to face the Sounders in front of 67k+ at CenturyLink Field. It should be quite the spectacle. Before we get too far into all that madness though, take a dive into the best footy links from the weeks just passed.
Link Madness - Get them while they're hot!
The USMNT just can't stop winning. It added to its already impressive run last week coming back from 2-0 down to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 4-3. EJ got the opener. (USSoccer)
In a move that's absolutely outstanding for Major League Soccer, we saw LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez decide to stay in the league as the club made him a Designated Player. (MLSsoccer.com)
If you haven't been keeping track, there is now a Designated Player at every club in MLS. (MLSsoccer.com)
The big European leagues kicked off this weekend and this little video from NBC was a nice touch to a great weekend of football in the English Premier League. (NBCSports.com)
If you're still trying to get to know the newly-promoted teams in the EPL, here's a fantastic piece on Ian Holloway, Crystal Palace's eccentric but effective boss. (The Telegraph)
Now plying his trade in the Premier League, the latest remake of Jozy Altidore could be his best one yet. (SI.com)
This one is a bit older but I forgot to include it last week. Buzzfeed, the kings of list making, chimed in on why Clint Dempsey is going to kick some serious tail in MLS. (Buzzfeed)
Is La Liga boring? One of its team's head coaches thinks so. (Goal.com)
Ever try and con your friends out of something you wanted but just got it horribly wrong? Yeah, Manchester United just tried to pull some serious nonsense on Everton. (FoxSoccer.com)
The Special One is back...and he has the horribly difficult question of Romelu Lukaku or Fernando Torres to deal with. How terrible. (ESPNFC.com)
MLS Recap – A quick look back at the weekend’s play in the one and only Major League Soccer
It was Wondo at the ready for San Jose as it topped SKC 1-0 on Sunday evening - RECAP | Portland kept Dallas searching for answers in the Timbers' 2-1 win over the Texan club - RECAP | LA put a dent in Salt Lake's Supporter's Shield march in 4-2 victory - RECAP | Don't sleep on the Colorado Rapids. They knocked off Vancouver 2-0 this weekend - RECAP | Philly and New York could only manage a scoreless draw in their big national TV match - RECAP
Amazing win tonight and great team effort. We showed a lot of maturity and character to come from behind against a good team #roadtobrazil— Eddie Johnson (@eddie_johnson7) August 15, 2013
So Eddie was pretty proud of the USMNT's come-from-behind efforts against Bosnia…and he should be.
Michael Gspurning, your Austrian traffic alert service.
Heard to pronunciations of Mourinho first name Jose today? Is it Hosay or Joesee? J becomes h in Spanish? U say?— Alan Hinton (@alanhinton11) August 18, 2013
Oh how we love you, Alan.
Instagram of the Week - Picture...video...all kinds of awesome
If you're a professional athlete and you want to win at social media, do things like this. Often.
Video of the Week - Watch and be impressed
Clint Dempsey was featured on MLS Insider. An entire episode worth of him. Well worth watching. Also, yours truly makes a brief cameo...