This hardly seems like the start of MLS All-Star week, with the Sounders just hours past their big league win against Colorado and just hours from beginning training for their CONCACAF Champions League opener against Metapan.
But as All-Star week begins, not only are the Sounders absent from the game, they apparently also are absent from the mind of commissioner Don Garber as he gives this state-of-the-league interview to the Houston Chronicle, somehow without ever mentioning the league's best-supported franchise.
Among the highlights, Garber:
* Talks about the league's designated players without mentioning either Freddie Ljungberg or Blaise Nkufo.
* Praises the league's increasing numbers of soccer-specific stadiums without mentioning the league's No. 1 success story at Qwest Field.
* Says the "new era" of the league began with the expansions to "Salt Lake and Los Angeles, continued in San Jose and then Toronto and then obviously thereafter." (So I guess there's his mention of Seattle ... "obviously thereafter.")
* Lists the top three developments in league history as soccer-specific stadiums, games in hi-def and "the continual improvement of the quality of play."