Tuesday is the Sounders FC’s last day off before things get back into full swing. Starting Wednesday, the team will practice all week leading up to Saturday’s game in Vancouver, which I am fortunate enough to attend.
Lots of stories to come. Most recently I had some personnel talk with Sounders FC technical director Chris Henderson (which spilled over to a blog post).
If you’re hungry from some other team news, team insider Matt Gaschk had this comprehensive roundup of the La Manga trip. Also here’s a fun picture I saw on a popular social media network. Speaking of social media, a coworker passed along a story detailing the great job the Sounders FC has done connecting with the fans.
Let’s get to some links:
- Former UW standout George John, currently with FC Dallas, had this player profile published on the league website. MLSnet.com also had this piece about Chicago’s Demani Ralph. Lastly, Grant Wahl sings the praises of Red Bull Arena.
- On the national team level, the U.S. women beat Sweden to advance to the Algarve Cup final. Also, USMNT defender Steve Cherundolo has joined the team in training for the Dutch game Wednesday, even though he’s not on the roster. Landon Donovan apologized to his Everton teammates after he missed a sitter, which would have tied an EPL game against Tottenham over the weekend. Also, here’s a video Q&A with Clint Dempsey.
- Killer bees invade a game in Panama?
- Briefly, around the world of soccer: Manchester United’s takeover could be underway, here’s a list of the richest clubs in Europe, Zinedane Zidane said he’ll never apologize to Materazzi for the infamous World Cup final headbutt, Chile has scrapped its W.C. warmups in the post-earthquake aftermath, here’s a little more reason to think Europe will get the 2018 tournament and, finally, Guus Hiddink has been linked to the open Ivory Coast manager position.
Of course, a video to end it. I actually have a duo, preceded with a question.
How do you like your goals: 1) with power, 2) with finesse? Watch the clips from 101 Great Goals and let me know in the comments.
1. Power — Anderlecht’s Jonathan Legear
2. Finesse — Sporting Lisbon’s Matias Fernandez