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April 6, 2012 at 11:42 AM

D.C.’s tame response to Burch (Friday links)

Some pointed comments Tuesday from Marc Burch about his former team, D.C. United, got some leaguewide attention throughout the week.

The Sounders FC defender, an anticipation of Saturday’s return to RFK Stadium, said he felt DCU let him go and that he thinks he’s better than their left back, Daniel Woolard.

While D.C. fans had some fun at Burch’s expense on Twitter, Woolard and coach Ben Olsen played down the criticism.

On another note, it sounds like 200-plus Sounders fans will be making the trip. Amazing support, as always.

Let’s get to some links:

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— It’s official. Former Sounders midfielder Amadou Sanyang has signed with the Charleston Battery of the USL First Division. His contract with Seattle expired at the end of March, but he hadn’t been with the team for several weeks; he went on trial with Chicago before catching on with the Battery. As you probably remember, Charleston has done well in developing players for the Sounders (e.g. Osvaldo Alonso, Lamar Neagle, Alex Caskey).

— The U.S. women, with a roster sure to be full of Sounders Women, will play Canada on June 30 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, as a final sendoff before the Olympics. Here’s some video from the access we got to some of the Sounders Women on Wednesday.

— Here’s some information on Sounders FC U-23 clinics before games this season. They cost $80 and are for kids aged 8-18.

— FC Dallas beat New England 1-0 last night on a late, late goal by Ugo Ihemelu.

— Here’s a very cool story on formation of Women United F.C., an online community where women can chat about MLS. From the story: “The site is committed to two central goals: building M.L.S.’s female fan base and providing women with a safe haven to discuss soccer on their terms.” Check out the link for more context.

— Around MLS, here’s an interesting feature on Montreal coach Jesse Marsch, some U.S. and Mexican legends will be playing April 15 at The Home Depot Center, Thierry Henry was named MLS Player of the Month, former Chicago defender Bakary Soumare is considering a return to the league and here’s the latest from’s ExtraTime Radio podcast.

Herculez Gomez, a former A-League Sounder, continues to score and, subsequently, have stories written about him. Here are the latest from The Sporting News and Interesting to note that, as revealed by SI’s Grant Wahl, Sporting Kansas City owns Gomez’ MLS rights. Could he be a trade asset?

— At this point, I’d normally link to Ross Fletcher‘s appearance on 950 KJR-AM yesterday, but I’m a little disappointed that content from this post (it was a 1-on-1 interview) was used on the air without any credit, so I’ll let you find that one on your own.

— It’s no surprise, but take a closer look and you see that Mexico is dominating the region at all levels.

— More great news in Fabrice Muamba‘s recovery as he’s walking now, a few weeks after suffering the serious heart attack on the field.


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