Bonjour Seattle! The Sounders have returned from an extended stay in Montreal with three points after topping the Impact 2-0 on Sunday afternoon. Obafemi Martins and Lamar Neagle got their first goals of 2014 as the club was able to hold on to a big road victory. With preparations started for Saturday's match with the Columbus Crew, let's dig into this week's links and news, albeit a day late (I was on a plane all day yesterday!) Enjoy, I know you will...
Link Madness - Get them while they're hot!
MLS and Etihad Airways announced a little business deal this morning (MLSsoccer.com)
More on Julian Green's decision to play for the USMNT (SI.com)
Hello David Beckham and your gaudy plans for a Miami stadium. Looking good (he always does) (MLSsoccer.com)
The USMNT roster for the World Cup is coming together with only a few months remaining (Goal)
Supporter Groups in Mexico's Liga MX are getting a bit feisty lately. The league is pushing back (ESPNFC.com)
Who watched El Clasico this weekend? Was a pretty crazy match with Madrid tempers flaring a bit unreasonably (ESPNFC.com)
It was a bit of a rough debut for Sounders loanee forward Eriq Zavaleta - who played center back for Chivas USA this weekend (Sounder At Heart)
One of the USMNT's most reliable players has decided to hang up his boots (SI.com)
Big news in Columbus as President Mark McCullers is out (FOXSoccer.com)
Valid question - are MLS clubs properly prepared for the Champions League? (FOXSoccer.com)
MLS Recap – A quick look back at the weekend’s play in the one and only Major League Soccer
Dallas continued its hot start with a 3-1 victory over Chivas USA - RECAP | Still no wins for Portland as they dropped a 2-0 result to Colorado - RECAP | LA and RSL played for the second time this season and drew 1-1. Ok then - RECAP | Two matches, three goals for Toronto's Jermain Defoe. Two wins as well - RECAP | Vancouver was held to a 0-0 tie with the New England Revs - RECAP
Tweets of the Week – The best Sounders-related nuggets in 140 characters or less
Great team performance today.first game on road 3pts clean sheet.Very proud to be the captain of this team today.#EBFG— Djimi Traore (@Djimi_Traore19) March 24, 2014
Djimi Traore wore the captain’s armband for the Sounders against Montreal. Clean sheet and MLS Team of the Week honors.
Beating Montreal is high on my list of faves...rt next to petting puppies, coloring with my daughter, & watching pdx lose. Great job boys!— zk scott (@zkscott) March 23, 2014
Zach Scott, the king of Twitter.
Zlatan is the greatest. that is all. good night— Sean Okoli (@AskAboutUgo) March 21, 2014
Hard to deny that one, Sean.
Instagram of the Week - Picture...video...all kinds of awesome
Is that not the most precious thing you've ever seen?
Gif of the Week - All the frames, all the fun
#LeoShot was (sort of) nearly #LeoGoal...and I nearly lost my #LeoMind...
Video of the Week - Watch and be impressed
Another week, another goal from a Sounders forward. Love the flips, Obes!