National team coaches around the world are starting to name their squads for upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers in a couple weeks. According to a few reports, a pair of Sounders will be getting the call.
If called up, those two could miss a crucial home game against Real Salt Lake on Oct. 17.
Let’s get to some links:
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— How big is the upcoming GM vote? Well, big enough for The New York Times to write about it in the paper. “All the News That’s Fit to Print” indeed.
— Also, here’s a USA Today story that looks at the growth of the league through San Jose and Kansas City.
— More locally, the Timbers are looking forward to spoiling Sunday’s party in front of a sold-out CenturyLink Field. Also, Portland’s owner Merritt Paulson was fined $25,000 for inappropriate conduct toward officials during and after the D.C. United game.
— Around the league, the Red Bulls made some major front office changes, Michael Gspurning was the only Sounder who showed up in the weekly Castrol Index, and Charlie Davies reached a settlement in his civil suit in connection with that devastating car crash a few years ago.
— The new FIFA world rankings are out. The U.S. jumped a spot to No. 32.
— Did you see Michael Ballack has officially retired? Remember, he was often linked to MLS.
— Lastly, here’s a Ukrainian fan that goes after a ref…