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January 19, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Meet three of the Sounders FC rookies and some other links

Check out this video from SoundersFC.com catching up with a trio of SuperDraft picks. Try to sneak a peek at some of the trialists in camp. I know I spotted a couple (mainly the ones I mentioned at the end of the previous post) and a few other rookies.

In other team news: here’s an interview (in Spanish) with midfielder Alvaro Fernandez, here’s a translation of that interview, here’s an academy update and, of course, a story on that cruise with Kasey Keller and Zach Scott.

And if you hadn’t heard, there are some number changes for next season. Leo Gonzalez is switching from No. 19 to the No. 12 vacated by Nathan Sturgis. Erik Friberg is wearing the No. 8 and O’Brian White will be No. 13.

In other local notes, here’s a great story on a former refugee looking forward to open tryouts, a Washington Youth Soccer boys team won a regional ODP championship and North Sound SeaWolves FC is getting acquainted with its Snohomish County neighbors.

More after the jump:

Major League Soccer happenings

— It’s all about the New York Cosmos these days. I’m loving all these updates, press releases, front office moves and coaching hires. All from an organization that doesn’t have a team yet (even though they’re certainly getting the next one, right?). Anyways, the legendary Eric Cantona is the latest on board. He’s declaring the team is back, just like this not-so-subtle message in Times Square.

— Elsewhere, the L.A. Galaxy finally reached a deal with Juan Pablo Angel. He’ll be a DP.

— This one’s a little old, but Omar Cummings won’t be going on a short loan at Aston Villa. He’s coming back to the Colorado Rapids.

— Some random links: someone made a Columbus Crew logo in legos, here’s an update on BC Place up in Vancouver and the RSL folk remind us about the other side of Generation Adidas deals.

— Lastly, an SI.com story pondering if MLS teams should hunt for DP goalkeepers, The Washington Post has a great story on Bill Hamid and RSL hired the recently retired CJ Brown as an assistant coach.

Elsewhere around the world

— Boca Juniors is still interested in getting behind an MLS franchise.

— In some updates on U.S. national, Oguchi Onyewu debuted for his new club, FC Twente. Yes, he’ll pass a statue of Sounders FC’s own Blaise Nkufo on his way inside the stadium. Also Sunderland is after Michael Bradley.

— Lastly, here are some notes on the upcoming USA-Chile match. And the Gold Cup field is nearly set.

Before you go…

Here’s this humorous clip from the Onion’s SportsDome. Not too far off from mainstream attempts to cover MLS sometimes.

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