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March 9, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Back to work (Friday links)

Seattle Sounders FC Logo.jpgAfter a day off Thursday following the big win, the Sounders return to action Friday at CenturyLink Field. There will be a bit of a crowd there as its also the day of the annual Kickoff Luncheon.

Seattle will then host Oregon State University in a training game Saturday.

I’ll have more from training later this afternoon. Until then, here are some links:

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— Here are some highlights of our live chat Thursday with Sounders FC broadcaster Ross Fletcher. Check out the full transcript here.

— The “chalkboard” for the Santos Laguna game is now online.

— A former Seattle opponent, Isidro Metapan of El Salvador, beat UNAM Pumas 2-1 in a CCL quarterfinal game on Thursday. Here’s how things stand after the four first-legs (home teams listed first):

Sounders FC 2-1 Santos Laguna

Toronto FC 2-2 Los Angeles Galaxy

Morelia 1-3 Monterrey

Isidro Metapan 2-1 UNAM Pumas

— Did you hear Sounders Women’s goalkeeper Hope Solo, a local product, contemplated playing in a men’s league when the WPS suspended operations for 2012?

— Where did the retired Electricity yellow jerseys go? The Baylor men’s basketball team?

— Which former Sounder might start up top for Montreal? There are a few to choose from.

— ESPN.com has some more fun MLS preview stuff. Here are a couple that include Seattle references: five story-lines and five on the hot seat.

— SI.com has some power rankings and other notes that includes a Sounders as an MVP pick. du Nord has some predictions, too.

— Expansion plans in New York were a hot topic during Thursday’s conference call with MLS commissioner Don Garber. The New York Times has it covered. Here’s a transcript of the call.

— What do you think about this idea from Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis? More from Goal.com: another Eddie Johnson feature and some MLS storylines.

— The latest episode of MLSsoccer.com ExtraTime Radio is up, featuring Arlo White. More with our good friend Mr. White here and here. And one on his NBC Sports partner, Kyle Martino.

— MLS + Google + YouTube = Kick TV.

Here’s a roundup of some European action Thursday, namely Manchester United lost.

— Fulham is in contract talks with Clint Dempsey, who turns 29 today. This there’s any chance he stays?

— Here’s the latest from Korrio, a local company trying to bring more attention to youth soccer and its coaches. The U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded Washington Youth Soccer a $200,000 sub-grant to support the Soccer for Success, an after-school development program that uses soccer to help teach kids about living a healthy lifestyle.

— Lastly, Roger Levesque teaches you how to “Stop, Drop and Sounder.”

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