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June 24, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Away to Portland (Sunday links)

Good morning folks. I’m just about to head down to Portland for today’s big Sounders-Timbers game and here are some links before I hit the road:

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— Looks like Christian Sivebaek has found a new home in Denmark, signing a three-year deal with Vejle Boldklub Kolding, a club based in his hometown.

— For the Timbers, there’s some wonder if a loss to the Sounders could cost coach John Spencer his job.

— Seattle fans will be sure to make their presence felt at JELD-WEN Field and here are write-ups on a couple supporters groups: Gorilla FC and the ECS.

— The timing of the game today should allow for some viewing of the England-Italy Euro 2012 quarterfinal. Of course, interest in the tournament can go too far, as sadly seen in China recently.

— The Chicago Fire has been open with its interest in Ukrainian forward Andriy Shevchenko. Another recognizable name worldwide, Alessandro Nesta, said MLS wasn’t interested in his services.

— Lastly, some main notes from Saturday’s MLS action: San Jose has leaped to the top of the table in the Western Conference at the expense of Real Salt Lake and the Galaxy are back in contention after a big win vs. Vancouver. LA forward Robbie Keane had a touching tribute in this goal celebration from an Irish fan who died at Euro 2012:

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