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March 9, 2009 at 7:02 PM

Personnel update…and more

Five players are no longer with the team — draft picks Jared Karkas and Michael Fucito and non-roster invitees Ryan Caugherty, GK Evan Bush and Jeff Clark.

Karkas and Fucito could be heard from again. Fucito left the team to complete his coursework at Harvard. Karkas could return once his injured hamstring allows for that.

GK Ben Dragavon is back with the team after a trial with the Austin Aztex of the USL. His status with Sounders FC is unclear. Seattle has added Tom Taiwo, a 19-year-old midfielder from England whose rights belong to Chelsea of the English Premier League, and defender-midfielder Mike Randolph, a 23-year-old released by the L.A. Galaxy last month.

Ely Allen remains with the team, and Kevin Forrest, another former UW player, rejoined Sounders FC this week.

Steve Zakuani is expected back in practice Wednesday and could play Thursday in the exhibition finale. Taylor Graham is out indefinitely and will be re-evaluated in the coming weeks.

SWITCHING GEARS…The team has not confirmed reports of the MLS Cup title game coming to Seattle at the end of this season, though an announcement from the league is expected soon.

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