A great story has turned into a tragic one.
Richard Swanson, 42, set out on a 10,000-mile trek to Brazil earlier this month. His goal was to bring attention to the One World Futbol Project, which donates seemingly indestructible soccer balls in developing countries, by dribbling one from his hometown of Seattle to the host country of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Sadly, he was hit by a pickup truck on the Oregon Coast and died Tuesday.
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— Honduran media is reporting there is a second-division team in England interested in signing Mario Martinez from Real Espana if Seattle elects to pass. The midfielder is here on a one-year loan that comes up this summer.
— Want to know why Levante didn’t want Obafemi Martins to leave? They have one goal in their last 509 minutes without him, just four goals in eight games overall.
— In some MLS news, D.C. United’s Robbie Russell has retired to go to medical school, Portland’s turf goes under the microscope after a rash of injuries, Tim Cowlishaw of ESPN fame gave FC Dallas some love, and the disciplinary committee was busy this week with suspensions.
— Here are the referee assignments for next weekend (Baldomero Toledo is in charge of the Sounders-Galaxy game).
— The U.S. men’s national team roster for upcoming World Cup qualifiers and friendlies will be released this afternoon, so look out for that. One report says Landon Donovan won’t be included (the Galaxy star responded here).
— Here is a look at NWSL’s struggles in attendance.
— In some miscellaneous reads, here’s is another story on Bob Bradley in Egypt, Frankie Hejduk was in an eating competition with some elephants, MLS will have Topps playing cards coming out, and ESPN is starting a new daily soccer show starting Aug. 11.
— Wigan’s Roger Espinoza, formerly of Sporting KC, became the first to win an FA Cup and U.S. Open Cup in back-to-back years.
— And lastly, did you see Jimmy Nielsen has an autobiography coming out? His darker days actually go beyond stoppage time against the Sounders.