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— I wasn’t able to capture this tifo quite as well from my angle in the press box, but this video by the Sounders nailed it. The north end also had a cool display, as well.
— The team will fly a 3,000-square-foot Sounders FC scarf above Seattle today from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and above Bellevue from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in celebration of winning a third straight U.S. Open Cup.
— The website of the CONCACAF Champions League confirmed today that Sounders FC is the first team to qualify for the 2012-13 tournament. Winning the U.S. Open Cup qualifies Seattle into the preliminary round, but coach Sigi Schmid said last night the team is looking to qualify directly into the group stage. That would require winning the Supporters’ Shield, the MLS Cup or, I believe, through a tiebreaker if the L.A. Galaxy wins both.
— MLSsoccer.com caught up with Mauro Rosales and Alvaro Fernandez after last night’s final for injury updates.
— Here’s a story from the Sporting News that says there could be some changes to the Open Cup before 2012, particularly in reference to a secretive bidding system to get home games.
— Lastly, forward/midfielder/defender Roger Levesque will join our Steve Kelley and Mason Kelley for the K Kast later this week so keep a look out for that.