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May 15, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Seattle-Vancouver, the 126th edition (Tuesday links)

Seattle and Vancouver meet again on Saturday.

In fact, according to the Sounders communications team, it will be Game 126 in the rivalry, the most of any inter-city series. The two soccer communities joined the NASL in 1974 and are still going strong, even as the brands and leagues have changed over time.

Here’s the breakdown, as compiled by the Sounders:

1974-83: NASL – Sounders 13 wins; Whitecaps 17 wins; 1 draw

1984: Friendlies – FC Seattle 1 win; Whitecaps 0 wins; 1 draw

1987-90: WSL/Friendlies – FC Seattle 3 wins; 86ers 3 wins; 0 draws

1994-08: USL-1 – Sounders 43 wins; 86ers/Whitecaps 25 wins; 16 draws

2011-present: MLS – Sounders 1 win; Whitecaps 0 wins; 1 draw

Totals: 125 matches played – Seattle 61 wins, Vancouver 45 wins; 19 draws

One last programming note, I’m a day behind on the Real Salt Lake player ratings, but they’ll be up tomorrow.

Let’s get to some links:

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— The Kitsap Pumas kick off a U.S. Open Cup first-round match tonight against Cal FC and their coming into the home game with confidence.

Here’s a recap of the Sounders FC U-23’s weekend in Canada, where they earned four points in two games.

— Sounds like Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer has some cool plans for this weekend.

— Seattle dropped to No. 2 in power rankings from the Sporting News and Soccer by Ives, and to No. 3 in Soccer America‘s and MLSsoccer.com‘s.

— Around the league, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena had a nice chat with The Soccer Insider, D.C. midfielder Perry Kitchen got some good news regarding his knee injury, New England’s Lee Nguyen was named MLS Player of the Week for a sensational performance against his former team, and here’s the latest from MLSsoccer.com’s ExtraTime Radio.

— Additionally, here’s one report that says New York is closing in on signing Italian defender Alessandro Nesta, Toronto FC made some front office changes, the league website takes a look at great moments in fan history (Seattle is included), and Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders will join his team for a White House visit today despite recently enrolling in the league’s substance abuse program.

— Worldwide, Manchester City and Carlos Tevez apologized for an “R.I.P. Fergie” sign the forward was holding during the team’s title celebration. On the other side of that rivalry, Manchester United legend Paul Scholes won’t be going back into retirement.

— Lastly, some studio reaction to Manchester City’s stunning comeback Sunday…

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