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June 11, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Sounders FC practice, June 11

A sunny day at Qwest Field. This was coach Sigi Schmid’s day off from the media.

Osvaldo Alonso still seems iffy to me. Could be Stephen King in there as a starter again, which isn’t a bad thing. King has been a very efficient player, to me.

Answering some questions: YES, the Sounders FC players scheduled to be at the new Pro Shop at Pacific Place are signing autographs, I am told. Details in an earlier post on this blog.

Tickets for FC Barcelona friendly on sale Monday at 10 a.m. Game is at 7:30 Wednesday, Aug. 5.

Tickets will be available at www.soundersfc.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Seating at Qwest Field will be expanded to include the upper bowl for a total seating capacity of 67,000. Ticket prices for the August 5 match start at $40. Sounders FC season-ticket holders have received tickets to the game as part of their 18-match package, which also includes the Chelsea match and the MLS Cup.

Lamar Neagle is on the 24-man roster because there is roster space with three players on injured reserve (Graham, Eylander and Smith). There is no longer a reserve squad, the league ended that. Instead he is a developmental player. I believe the team still has 2 slots open because of the guys on I.R. Michael Fucito and Jared Karkas, two draft picks, are unsigned, but Karkas is on the college protected list.

As for the Heritage Cup, my understanding is that those types of things involve two games, head-to-head, home and away. San Jose is one of the teams Seattle plays three times this season so the first one doesn’t count toward the Cup. Same as if a third game were in San Jose.

Questions I have for you:

1. Can anyone help a fan in Salt Lake who wants to buy tickets for August match in an area where Sounders FC fans are sitting? Is there a section of you somewhere at Rio Tinto? Let me know.

2. I’d love to hear any old stories you might have from the NASL days…favorite players, moments, memories, where you saw players after matches, what those days were like in Seattle, etc. Gracias!

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