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February 16, 2011 at 12:28 AM

Brazilian legend Ronaldo retires and some other links

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One of my earliest favorite soccer players was the great Ronaldo (right). He was unstoppable when I played FIFA ’98 and even more unstoppable in his prime.

Sure, he got big in the end, and had some off the field issues at times, but his retirement was a sad day for me.

Here are some other links, first the local ones:

— Sounders FC lost another weighted lottery, but it looks like the team’s travel schedule won’t be the worst in the league in 2011 (at least on the MLS side, CCL involvement will make it worse).

— A local university is ranked highly when it comes to collegiate soccer fans. Here are some rankings for the decade’s best club teams in North and Central America. If you scroll down, a lot, you can find Sounders FC.

MLS news

— Sounds like Charlie Davies is eventually going to sign with D.C. United barring some unforeseen complications. Sporting K.C.’s Teal Bunbury suffered an injury but it sounds like it could’ve been worse. Also Heath Pearce was traded to Chivas USA.

— Here’s a great story on Philadelphia’s new Colombian goalkeeper, who was friends with Andres Escobar.

— MLS commissioner Don Garber was up in Vancouver on Monday and here’s what he talked about.

— Red Bulls coach Hans Backe got some attention for saying he’d rather win the Supporters’ Shield than the MLS Cup. Speaking of which, here’s an update on Colorado’s Mac Kandji, who suffered an ACL injury while setting up last year’s championship winning goal.

— Things apparently got nasty in a preseason match between Houston and Dallas. Spit was allegedly involved.

Other stuff

— Salaries for the U.S. national team folk were released. Also, the USSF sanctioned the NASL as a second-tier league for next year, but apparently those teams won’t be allowed in the Open Cup. Bizarre.

— West Ham was picked over Tottenham to get use of London’s Olympic Stadium following the 2012 games.

— Finally some Showboat. The C-Ron “back” pass to himself was brilliant.

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