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December 26, 2011 at 11:42 PM

POLL: Are the Sounders the local sports story of the year?

What was the biggest local sports story of 2011?

We’re asking you to help us figure it out. Here’s a poll put together by our staff, and Sounders FC’s season — specifically a U.S. Open Cup threepeat and bidding farewell to the retiring Kasey Keller — is one of the 11 finalists.

Here are a few other links:

— According to a report from Tanzania, Azam FC officials are waiting to hear from the Sounders regarding interest in Mrisho Ngassa. The 22-year-old forward/midfielder trained in Seattle for a while last season and played in a summer friendly against Manchester United. Ngassa coming back over for preseason camp in 2012 had been discussed as a possibility.

Roger Levesque won Celebration of the Year in MLSsoccer.com‘s “Best of 2011” series. It should be no surprise that the epic “scuba dive” took top honors (though lest we forget, a pirate face also made an appearance that game). A former Sounder finished runner-up for top celebration with a well-executed flash mob routine.

— In the same “Best of 2011” series, Portland Timbers play-by-play man John Strong won Call of the Year for his description of Darlington Nagbe‘s super goal. But a former voice of the Sounders was in the running.

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