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February 15, 2012 at 6:03 AM

Back at it (Wednesday links)

Apologies for being out of action yesterday during the Hope Solo news. I tried to time the furlough day when there wouldn’t be much Sounders FC news — which there wasn’t — but didn’t anticipate Sounders Women’s news.

With WPS suspending its 2012 season, this is a rare opportunity to see some world-class players on the local stage. I’d make sure to take advantage of it as WPS is looking to resume operations in 2013 (though I don’t think that’s necessarily a sure thing).

Solo is widely regarded as the best women’s goalkeeper in the world, not to mention she has plenty of local connections as a Richland native and UW product. She’s become popular even outside the national sports realm, through ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and the ESPN magazine Body Issue, so her addition in the Seattle soccer scene speaks for itself. Don’t disregard the Sydney Leroux signing though, as the 21-year-old forward is a rising star.

Back to the WPS news, which was really the driving force behind Tuesday’s transactions, it’ll be interesting to see if any other big-name stars sign with the Sounders Women.

Something to keep an eye on. Here are some other links:

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— Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid was on the radio the other day and here’s a link to the podcast. Kasey Keller has an in-depth radio interview with Glenn Davis and you can listen to that here. Keller is also a WCC Hall of Honor nominee.

— Here’s a story that says former Sounder Nate Jaqua won’t likely join the New England Revolution and is weighing his options, one of them being retirement. From what I’ve heard, I’d be surprised if he decides to play in MLS again.

— Speaking of former Sounders, Sanna Nyassi and Miguel Montano were involved in scoring plays as Montreal beat the LA Galaxy in some preseason action. Here’s the lineup, with a lot of familiar names, and here are some highlights. Bigger news from Impact camp is the arrival of defender Matteo Ferrari.

— Along the same vein, Freddie Ljungberg is apparently on the move again. He’s leaving his Japanese club Shimizu S-Pulse and it’s being called a mutual decision.

— Here’s a look at how MLS is tackling the issue of match fixing. Think it isn’t relevant here? The story’s author pointed out that there is a betting line for this morning’s 8 a.m. training game against Columbus.

— Local company Korrio released study findings recently that indicate concussion awareness is still not where it needs to be.

Landon Donovan conducted a long interview with ESPN.

— Here’s a interesting look at how soccer affects stock market activity.

— The Whitecaps had a hilarious Valentine’s Day message for the Sounders and some other rivals. You gotta check out this cool clip from Real Salt Lake supporters, led by Rancid drummer Branden Steineckert. Also, San Jose brought back midfielder Simon Dawkins on loan from Tottenahm.

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