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UPDATE 11:45 a.m. — When asked for comment, the Sounders said they have nothing to announce as of now.
MLS commissioner Don Garber is in Orlando for some meetings about possible expansion and gave an interesting news update today, as captured above by MLSsoccer.com’s Simon Borg. Garber said the Sounders will open up all of CenturyLink Field for Cascadia matches against rivals Portland and Vancouver — presumably for this year, but no timeline was given.
This has been a bit of an issue locally, as many fans hoped for this last year — sometimes in the context of ticket allocations for away fans. The Sounders have been intent in not giving away any home-field advantage, so I’m sure they’ll do the best they can to make sure it’s Seattle fans filling those seats (e.g. multi-game packages).
Remember, the Sounders only play once at home against the Timbers (Oct. 7) and Whitecaps (Aug. 18) and play twice on the road against each.
Tell me what you think of the news as we get to some other links:
— Santos Laguna suffered some bad injury news recently as forward Carlos Darwin Quintero has a torn thigh muscle in his left leg and could miss some of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Seattle. Quintero scored four goals in the preliminary round and group stage.
— New Sounders broadcaster Ross Fletcher wrote a blog post on the team website about coming to Seattle.
— The Sounders FC U-23 tryouts are open to everyone. The team is allowed overage players. More details here.
— Wednesday was a big day for U.S. Soccer. Behind a Clint Dempsey goal, the men stunned Italy 1-0 in Genoa (highlights here). Sounders Women’s forward Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux combined for three goals as the women’s national team beat Denmark 5-0 in the Algarve Cup in Portugal. Richland native Hope Solo got the shutout (highlights here). Also, the U.S. U-23s beat Mexico 2-0 in a big result as we get closer to the Olympics (highlights here).
— The new road jersey worn by the men are available for sale.
— Here’s the college bio of Daniel Steres, a defender has joined Sounders FC training on trial. He was selected by Chivas USA with the 28th pick in the second round of the MLS supplemental draft.
— Sounders academy player Stefan Bangsund has committed to the University of Delaware.
— One other note the Garber gave today is that MLS teams will be able to appeal red cards after the game. They get two challenges and lose one for every appeal denied.
— Around the league, Montreal has come to terms with Italian defender Matteo Ferrari. Here’s a look at Shoreline native George John‘s situation with his West Ham loan set to expire soon. And here’s an update on Federal Way native Kelyn Rowe with New England.
— Lastly, a roundup of yesterday’s friendlies around the world.