Tottenham is currently stuck in seventh place, a start that got manager Andre Villas-Boas fired. They are just four points out of fourth, though, which would send them back to UEFA Champions League. It was only year ago that they were just one point away from qualifying for Champions League and two years ago they only missed out because Chelsea took their spot by virtue of being the defending champion.

Not sure how I feel about those mid-season friendlies against mediocre teams from the over-hyped English Premier League. If the Sounders would be flying through the season and use those games to further cement their position in the world and their aspirations, I’d be okay with those, but  for now I would rather see a MLS Cup this season.