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January 16, 2012 at 11:36 PM

FieldTurf installation at CenturyLink Field scheduled for completion around Feb. 25

Several people have asked for an update regarding the installation of new FieldTurf at CenturyLink Field, so here goes. The process has not started yet, but it will soon and completion should be around Feb. 25.

According to the news release from a couple months ago, installation was scheduled to start in early February, so everything appears to be in line.

As I noted on Twitter earlier, the Sounders are trying to set up a couple preseason friendlies against Mexican teams to best prepare for their upcoming CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Santos Laguna. Considering that the first game in the two-leg quarterfinal is March 7, a potential home friendly would have to take place soon after the estimated Feb. 25 completion.

Here are a couple other notes:

— I’m told that Erin Mayovsky, who joined Sounders FC broadcasts last year as a sideline reporter, will not be retained for the upcoming season. Due to a shift to a two-man broadcast booth, the team will not have a sideline reporter in 2012. The studio team during pregame and halftime — e.g. Alan Hinton, Peter Fewing — is expected to be the same.

— This isn’t a surprise by any stretch, but it certainly sounds like the signing of Trinidadian midfielder/forward Cordell Cato is going to happen. I expect an official announcement will come soon. News of the move first surfaced from T&T almost a month ago.

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