• According to Forbes, the average Major League Soccer team is now worth $185 million — a 400 percent increase since just 2008. Seattle, worth $285 million, leads the league; Colorado, at $110 million, brings up the rear. To compare, that would make Seattle worth more than seven NHL teams.
• Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid both suffered hits in their attempts to dethrone Barcelona at the top of La Liga this week. FIFA ruled both had violated transfer rules, and as punishment neither will be able to buy new players until the winter of 2017. To be fair, though, Barcelona ran afoul of the same rule and received the same punishment — and it didn’t stop Barca from winning La Liga the past two seasons.
• Minnesota native Jackson Yueill, now playing for UCLA, was the orchestrator of an NCAA record last week. Yueill assisted on four goals in a 6-1 win over powerhouse Akron – three of which came in the span of just 32 seconds, smashing the mark for the fastest three goals by 11 seconds.