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May 14, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Bryan Meredith’s road to MLS (Monday links)

meredith rsl.jpgPhoto credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times

In case you missed it, I wanted to pass along Steve Kelley‘s column on Bryan Meredith and the young goalkeeper’s unique path to MLS through the Kitsap Pumas of the Premier Development League.

Here’s a segment that details what last year was like for him, working with Sounders FC goalkeeper coach Tom Dutra in the mornings and the Pumas, with coach Pete Fewing, later in the day:

Some days last season, Dutra would tell Fewing, “Man, I worked Meredith into the ground yesterday.” And Fewing would respond, “Wow, I didn’t know that. We worked him into the ground last night.”

The hard work has paid off with a seamless transition to the first team in the absence of Seattle’s starter Michael Gspurning.

Let’s get to some links:

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— Here are some details on a May 19 soccer viewing party at Golazo headquarters. Steve Zakuani will be there to watch the UEFA Champions League final and the Sounders-Whitecaps game. Admission is free, but donations will be collected.

— The Sounders may be coming off a loss, but still lead the league with a 2.2 point-per-game average. SI’s Grant Wahl posted those “standings” on Twitter this morning.

— Seattle did, however, drop to No. 3 in ESPN’s power rankings and Real Salt Lake is the new No. 1. That’s a trend I think you’ll see in similar rankings throughout the week.

— Here’s a roundup of Sunday’s MLS action. New York got a win against 10-man Philadelphia, but Red Bulls coach Hans Backe wasn’t exactly thrilled to have a man advantage.

— Around the league, it sounds like Danny Califf is on the trading block, as might be a few other Union players. Here’s a look from Philly.com at what goes into an ESPN broadcast of a game.

— A pair of California-based Sueno MLS contestants ended up winning the competition.

— Sounders Women’s goalkeeper Hope Solo is featured on an Olympic-themed cover of Vogue magazine.

— On the international scene, Raul is indeed going to play in Qatar and accomplished forward Ruud van Nistelrooy has announced his retirement. Here’s a good roundup of how the European leagues finished (champions, UCL/Europa League qualifiers, etc.).

— Lastly, and also from Golazo, here’s a short documentary on the life story of Santa Maria Rivera, a Seattle University product and former USL Sounder.

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