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February 24, 2012 at 6:33 AM

Sounders U-23s sign Jones, Yedlin and Peterson, host open tryouts March 10-11

u23s logo.jpgThe Sounders FC U-23s announced its first three signings for the upcoming season on Thursday. Academy products Darwin Jones, DeAndre Yedlin and Troy Peterson will play this year for the rebranded PDL team, which just recently established an affiliation with Sounders FC as a part of its youth development program.

In an attempt to fill out the roster a little more, the U-23s will host open tryouts on March 10-11 at the University of Puget Sound. Those interested must register here and pay a $45 fee.

“Finding quality local players is an excellent way to connect the club and the community,” said coach Darren Sawatzky in a news release.

Jones is a speedy forward who was in Sounders FC preseason camp in January. He played last year at Highline Community College and has signed with Washington. Yedlin, a defender, plays for Akron and was named a Freshman All-American by one publication. Peterson, a central midfielder, is coming off a standout freshman season at the College of Charleston.

Here are some more links:

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— Be sure to wish Mauro Rosales a happy 31st birthday today. He’s on Twitter.

— There’s a Sounders fan that goes by the Twitter handle “BroughamHoolign” that has a view into CenturyLink Field (evidence here). He claims he saw a Sounders logo and a Liverpool logo side by side on what appears to be a new video screen at the south end of the stadium. A clue to Seattle’s midsummer friendly perhaps? It might be a stretch, but it’s feasible. There has been chatter of the Reds making a stateside appearance this summer.

— Did you see that Celtic FC has apparently sent an email out to Seattle area Hoops fans urging them to root for its partner club, Mexico’s Santos Laguna, in the upcoming CCL quarterfinal?

— Here are some updates on a couple former Sounders: Lamar Neagle told that his trade to Montreal is “better for my career.” Mike Fucito issued a statement to Seattle fans and was also on ExtraTime Radio.

Fucito told ETR he was very close to leaving Seattle on expansion draft day, but the deal “ended up falling through at the last minute.” He went on to say that his time with the Sounders ended on good terms and added, “Seattle will always hold a place in my heart.”

Here’s a story in the The Spectator, Seattle U’s student paper, on newly hired men’s soccer coach Pete Fewing, the former Kitsap Pumas coach who does broadcast work for Sounders FC.

— Be sure to check out this amazing preseason goal by New England’s Benny Feilhaber.

— Lastly, I was on the Pitch Pass podcast the other day to talk some Sounders. My on-air efforts are a work in progress, but you can listen below. I come on at about the 18:30 mark for a good 20 minutes.

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