Sounders FC has arrived in Montreal and will have a training session this afternoon in preparation for Saturday’s 4:30 p.m. game at Saputo Stadium.
Some other Sounders — the four on the U.S. women’s national team — are in Sweden for a pair of friendlies in the next few days. One of them, goalkeeper Hope Solo, did this 1-on-1 with USsoccer.com on her return to the country that boasts so many Sounders connections.
Let’s get to some links:
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— Here’s your quick Euro ’12 recap from Thursday. Maligned forward Fernando Torres scored a couple goals as Spain cruised to a 4-0 win against Ireland, which eliminated Robbie Keane and Co. from advancement. Italy took a lead against Croatia, but couldn’t hold it, eventually settling for a 1-1 tie. The Azzurri (0-0-2) will need a win against Ireland and help to qualify for the knockout stages. Spain (1-0-1) and Croatia (1-0-1) would both advance with a 2-2 tie in the final round.
— In some others links from the big tournament: Italian forward Mario Balotelli has been benched, Croatian fans also got a bit out of control Thursday, Germany and Portugal were the latest to be disciplined by UEFA, here are some of the best goals so far, and did you hear about the Poland fan that chucked his TV out the window?
— It’s gameday for the Sounders FC U-23s against the Kitsap Pumas. Kickoff at Cheney Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.
— Elsewhere around MLS, Vancouver unveiled a third kit (what do you think of the brown?), Kansas City will host French champs Montpellier in a July 24 friendly, and D.C. United sent the recovering Ethan White to Richmond for a brief loan.