Updated Friday, May 25, 2012 at 12:46 PM
First off, I wanted to pass along this Q&A with Atlanta Silverbacks owner and chairman Boris Jerkunica. There's a lot of good stuff from his perspective on why the team sold hosting rights for Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup third-round game to the Sounders.
Here are a couple highlights:
--- The original $12,000 hosting fee set by U.S. Soccer is less than Atlanta would normally bid to host an Open Cup game under the old system.
--- The deal wasn't struck until there were 10 minutes left in the Silverbacks' second-round game against the Georgia Revolution of the NPSL. Conversations didn't start until Monday afternoon.
--- They were ready to host until Seattle's final offer (the previously described as "an offer that we simply couldn't refuse").
--- If Atlanta was profitable, the deal probably doesn't get done.
--- The Sounders did not guarantee an appearance in the MLS exhibition the Silverbacks will host.
Now let's get to some links:
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--- Fredy Montero won MLS Goal of the Week again, this time for his late equalizer in Vancouver.
--- Portland and Vancouver kick off Game 2 in the 2012 Cascadia Cup this weekend.
--- USMNT star Clint Dempsey is looking forward to his next challenge, wherever that may be.
--- Around the league, Houston defender Geoff Cameron is reportedly drawing interest abroad and here's a look at the controversial goal in the Chicago-Dallas game, where Marco Pappa was well inside the penalty box when he scored off a PK rebound.
--- FIFA boss Sepp Blatter isn't a big fan of penalty-kick shootouts deciding championships and is hopeful of figuring out an alternative.
--- Lastly, here's a five year old scoring against grown men (obviously set up in advance):