Ideally, you’d like more than one day of practice to prepare for an MLS regular-season opener.
The Sounders get no such luxury after returning to Seattle on Thursday. They’ll have to make the most of Friday’s training session before kicking off league play at home against Toronto FC at 7 p.m. Saturday.
I’ve have more updates in the afternoon. Until then, here are some links:
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— SoundersFC.com has details on the new video-boards at CenturyLink Field. The new boards at the north and south ends will have “the highest pixel density display” of any NFL stadium market. For the layperson, the images will be sharper and crisper.
— The Independent Supporters Council, of which Gorilla FC is a member, penned a letter to MLS commissioner Don Garber regarding the discipline levied against Houston Dynamo fans.
— An Alliance Council officer posted in the ECS forums that away fan ticket allocation for Cascadia games this season will be “significantly higher than the 500 tickets we had last year.” The clubs are expected to make a formal announcement on the issue in the near future.
— Looks like rumored Sounders FC target Ivica Olic could be headed to Wolfsburg.
— Here’s a good roundup of local clubs and badges, which is always fun.
— ESPN has produced a 47-minute documentary on David Beckham, and here it is.
— Elsewhere around the league, Sporting Kansas City rewarded CJ Sapong with a new contract, Columbus signed draft pick Kevan George, Chicago signed one too in Tony Walls, Portland’s Hanyer Mosquera got his international clearance, and Montreal, which has expanded its opening-day capacity to 60,000, signed forward Bernardo Corradi.
— Our favorite Castrol Index rankings are out. Colorado’s Drew Moor has the early lead.
— And here’s your Europa League update. Say goodbye to both Manchester clubs.
— Lastly, more from Roger Levesque in a kilt…