The Sounders are en route to Dallas today heading into Sunday’s 4 p.m. MLS road game. There is a preliminary plan in place to chat with coach Sigi Schmid via teleconference later in the afternoon, so be on the look out for updates later today.
Until then, here are some links:
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— Here’s some more reaction to the Portland Timbers hire of coach Caleb Porter for the 2013 season. ESPN.com’s Jeff Carlisle is a little unsure of the move. Owner Merritt Paulson discussed it on MLSsoccer.com’s ExtraTime Radio.
— Also, the Timbers put together a great video here.
— Elsewhere around MLS, Chivas USA owners Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes have purchased 100-percent ownership of the club, FC Dallas defender Ugo Ihemelu is still dealing with concussion symptoms, Vancouver captain Jay DeMerit picked up the bar tab for some Whitecaps fans after a loss to Portland, and Chicago’s Marco Pappa will transfer immediately to Dutch club Heerenveen.
— And more: SI.com’s Alecko Eskandarian ranks some underrated players in MLS, Philadelphia has parted ways with forward Jorge Perlaza but will keep John Hackworth as head coach, and Sporting KC’s Roger Espinoza has garnered some interest during the European transfer window.
— Here’s a roundup of how all the MLS teams are doing in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage.
— Regarding some Americans abroad, Maurice Edu has finalized his move to Stoke City. It looks like Bolton’s Tim Ream will be called up for FIFA World Cup qualifiers but Michael Bradley is out injured. In transfer day news, Carlos Bocanegra is linked to Racing Santander. And Clint Dempsey? Anyone’s guess at this point.
— On the international scene, Real Madrid won an early season trophy, the Spanish Supercopa, against Barcelona. It was Barca star Andres Iniesta, however, who won UEFA Player of the Year (and Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t look impressed).
— Lastly, here’s a pretty cool commercial for FIFA 13.