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Major League Soccer & International Soccer Smolderings - 5/26: MLS Scores, USOC, DC United Stadium Site, Lionel Messi, FIFA, Clarence Seedorf & More

Sigi consoling Mauro Rosales after he got too close to the Smolderings in Seattle's 1-0 loss to FC Dallas on Wednesday night.
Sigi consoling Mauro Rosales after he got too close to the Smolderings in Seattle's 1-0 loss to FC Dallas on Wednesday night.

The Smolderings have been piling up high since we last posted an edition.  The pile was so high, it has to be split up into two so it won't start a fire.  MLS scores from last night, soccer news from around the globe and a bit of other sports bits are all after the jump.  Chicago soccer news will be smoldering away later today.

Major League Soccer

2011-05-25: LA Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo |

Landon Donovan had a penalty kick goal.  The Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the Houston Dynamo 1-0. It's like de ja vu...

2011-05-25: Seattle Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas |

Brek Shea scored his fourth goal of the year.  FC Dallas defeated Seattle 1-0.

2011-05-25: New York Red Bulls vs. Colorado Rapids |

Jeff Larentowicz scored twice for the Colorado Rapids. Thierry Henry and Luke Rogers scored for the New York Red Bulls.  All four goals came in the first half.  The final score was a 2-2 draw in case you didn't figure that out yet.

Sporting KC 5-0 New England Revolution: The Beat Down That Had Been Brewing - The Daily Wiz

Sporting Kansas City won their U.S. Open Cup Play-In Match over the New England RevolutionChance Myers and CJ Sapong each scored two goals while Aurelin Collin scored the other one.  Fire fans that hope our USOC victory gave us a boost certainly hope KC doesn't get the same bounce.  I like the Fire being out of last place in the Eastern Conference.

The Voyageurs Cup and the Association That's Disgracing It - Eighty Six Forever

Speaking of the U.S. Open Cup, things got wild at the second leg of the Canadian Soccer Association's championship, the Voyageurs Cup.  Like the game is being finished tomorrow morning wild.

The Offside Rules: The Sounders Should Have an Official Facepaint Sponsor

Worth a laugh.  Perhaps this gem we wrote back in October was ahead of the curve.

MLS Power Rankings, Week 10: Real Salt Lake Still On Top, But It's Tight -

MLS Power Rankings.  You probably don't want to bother looking for sanity purposes.

Exploring Washington’s Buzzard Point, a potential stadium site for D.C. United - Soccer Insider - The Washington Post

Steven Goff checks out a possible new stadium location for DC United.


Non-MLS Soccer

U.S. youth soccer: Is high school or playing on an elite academy team the best route? - The Washington Post

This debate is very big in US Soccer circles.  I personally think that elite academies are best for developing soccer talent but it certainly goes against the grain how students should represent their high school and participate in school activities.

EXTRA TIME @ In MLS qualifying, home field advantage disappeared

I think the sample size is too small but worth a look.

NASL's Etienne Barbara Off To A Torrid Start, 11 Goals In 8 Matches -

Etienne Barbara would be a former teammate of current Chicago Fire player Daniel Paladini.

BBC Sport - Fifa begins ethics inquiry into Bin Hammam & Jack Warner

Oh, get the popcorn ready for this one ladies and gentlemen... - FIFA Ethics Committee to meet on 29 May

... but first eat your vegetables.

AFC Wimbledon's Promotion Wasn't A Fairytale; It Was Much More Important Than That -

Entrenched soccer team moves to rare English town without a professional soccer team.  Fans revolt and start their own team.  Fans' team does really well in just a few years and has been promoted yet again.  You probably already clicked...

Bolton Wanderers | News | Latest News | General | Holden Receives Top Award

Stuart Holden was named Bolton Wanderers' Player of the Year.  That's quite an honor for the young American.

Bring Back The Sporting Director - Cartilage Free Captain

Interesting discussion on having a general manager in soccer.  It seems like the manager/coach has enough on his plate that acquiring talent is too much.  This doesn't even get into the idea of the wisdom of groups.  Good read on how Tottenham Hotspur has been operating recently.

Lionel Messi - Boy Genius -

The NYTimes Soccer Blog hits another home run.

Clarence Seedorf To Remain At AC Milan For Another Season -

Well there goes the chance of bringing him into the Chicago Fire.  As Merwin mentioned in his recap of the Philadelphia Union game, a successful model the Fire seem to be going after is bringing in young players, making them fight for starting jobs and then acquiring an offensive catalyst that ties everything together.  Seedorf would have fit the bill and then some.  He had even expressed interest in the MLS.


2011 Eastern Conference Finals: season on the brink as Heat slow Rose and the Bulls again - Blog a Bull

You probably don't want to relive it, but there it is.

Lakers Reportedly Offer Mike Brown Contract To Become New Head Coach -

Mike Brown is leaving a lot of heads shaking but the alternatives didn't seem much better.

Hail causes evacuations at Texas Rangers-Chicago White Sox game - ESPN Dallas

Hail in Texas.  Are we sure the world didn't end?  Maybe hell just froze over.

CWS@TEX: Quentin belts three homers vs. Texas - Video | Multimedia

You could see Quentin's bombs in the above video too but if you don't like hail, here are just the home runs.

Eleven Years Later, Lou Montanez Leads Cubs Over Sloppy Mets 11-1 - Bleed Cubbie Blue

Lou Montanez finally plays for the Cubs after they drafted him 11 years ago.