One more note from the Sounders' 1-1 draw with LA.
At one point in the second half of the chippy game, did anyone else notice Sounders midfielder Freddie Ljungberg point what appeared to be a hand sign at one of the LA players?
It happened to be a finger I had never before seen pointed in anger: an extended pinky. So after the game, I asked Ljungberg if that's some sort of obscene gesture in Europe.
He laughed. No, he assured me. Then he explained that he had been frustrated by the player taking what he thought was a dive after minimal contact. So Ljungberg said he extended his pinky finger and told the player, "You must be about this skinny if that little bump knocked you down."