For those of you who haven't been following the drama happening within FIFA, you really should be. It's fascinating how such an inward, closed-off organization was finally pried open, if only a little bit, for the rest of us to see how it works. Over the last week or so there's been a lot of upheaval within the organization over corruption to the point where FIFA had no other option than to address them properly.
Anyway, there are a couple of choice links below that benefit American soccer, particularly the one where the German FIFA executive committee member calls for an investigation into the 2022 World Cup. Hopefully something comes of this...
Anyway, enjoy the day's links!
Timbers specific news
Timbers U-23s, Kitsap to settle Open Cup qualification on the field
The U.S. Open Cup qualifying spot for the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League’s Northwest Division will be decided on the field this Friday.
Pumas, Timbers U-23 to play for Open Cup berth
Open Cup spot to be decided this Friday at Jeld-Wen Field!
Timbers' Zizzo to get chance to show up ex-club Chivas
Zizzo revisits his former club in Southern California this weekend.
League news (after the jump)
Early coaching changes appeared inevitable in Chicago and Vancouver
Former Whitecaps FC coach Teitur Thordarson enjoyed little job security on his one-year deal, while ex-Fire boss Carlos de los Cobos tempted fate by returning for a second season.
Galaxy defense nominated for Save of the Week
Some great saves. Unfortunately nothing from the Timbers, rightfully.
SKC 3-game breakdown: Better times lie ahead
SKC has had a rough start, but with the opening of their stadium soon things are looking up.
Philadelphia’s Search For Consistency On Offense
Before the season, the Philadelphia Union offense may have been thought of as a three-headed monster.
Sepp Blatter announces World Cup host vote changes
Fifa president Sepp Blatter says that future World Cup host countries will be chosen by a vote of all the 208 member associations.
DFB president calls for 2022 World Cup vote probe
German football federation (DFB) president Dr Theo Zwanziger has called for an investigation into the 2022 World Cup vote.