So we have it right, the Eastern leaders are two expansion teams, one of whom has not scored any goals yet, and in the West, the leader is a team whose two wins came on a fluke deflection in extra time and on a backline missing three of four starters. Woohoo Week 2! Anyway, links ahoy:
D.C. United moving on from CONCACAF Champions League loss | Comcast SportsNet Washington: Sure, we know WHY D.C. United didn't play over the weekend, but they're fine with it.
Uncertain future for DC United star | Comcast SportsNet Washington: And continued non-news on the Eddie Johnson front.
Kei Kamara makes old Columbus Crew logo with props and friends - SBNation.com: In MLS games over the weekend that isn't being preachy on NYCFC, Kei Kamara did this thing in the Crew's home debut.
The growing pains of U.S. soccer's dominant supporter's group -- Fusion: For those who missed it, a last call of sorts on the article on The American Outlaws which made soccer twitter rounds.
Fan culture suffers from the ambivalence of cowards -- Fusion: And more on it.
MLS Expansion: Minnesota United's bid set to be accepted by league - Planet Futbol - SI.com: With Don Garber's 45-60 day timeframe for new MLS franchises, word of one comes out apparently.
Should Minneapolis build an urban soccer stadium? | Nathaniel Hood | StarTribune.com: And whether or not an MnUFC stadium in Minny would be a good thing.
MLS 3.0: Evolution of the Soccer-Specific Stadium: Speaking of downtown soccer stadiums, some ups for the (soon to be land cleared for a) stadium at Buzzard Point.
Ugly incidents mar ‘friendly’ between Republic and UCD Davis Enterprise: In more prospective MLS franchise news, some unpleasantness for Sacramento Republic.
Jurgen Klinsmann: USMNT analytics, fitness, Zelalem, Alvarado - Planet Futbol - SI.com: Klinsmann? Analytics? What kind of voodoo is this?
Pro Prospects: U20 hopeful in Germany | Club Soccer | Youth Soccer: A nice look at a former FCD youth plying his trade abroad.
Ex-TFC defender Bradley Orr 'loved every minute' in Toronto | The Beezer | Toronto Sun: See World? Playing in MLS isn't so bad.
Sunderland 0-4 Aston Villa: Rampant Villa Hammer Shambolic Sunderland - Roker Report: In partner club news, SAFC is throttled at home by Aston Villa, sending them down to 17th, one point out of the relegation zone ahead of Burnley. And the locals were not happy.
Internazionale 1-1 Cesena - ESPN FC: In more partner club news, new-ish Inter Milan player Xherdan Shaqiri left early in the game due injury and an early second half goal from Rodrigo Palacio to draw with relegation-entrenched Cesena.
The Jinx subject Robert Durst arrested in New Orleans: If you haven't seen the HBO show "The Jinx," it tries to recount the life of real estate scion Robert Durst. More importantly, it tries to recount the disappearances of women in the life of Durst, starting with his first wife in 1982. Things took an interesting turn last week, and hours before the show's sixth (and final) episode last night when Durst was arrested for a murder related to one of the victims in the show. I binged it before and during the Yankee Stadium soccerball thing and it was riveting from the opening moments. Check out the episodes at your soonest convenience.
So how'd you survive the bye week?