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July 3, 2012 at 10:08 AM

On the road again (Tuesday links)

Seattle Sounders FC Logo.jpgThe Sounders just got back from their last road trip, it seems, but they’re off for Utah this afternoon for Wednesday’s 7 p.m. road game against Real Salt Lake.

“Our schedule has been absolutely horrendous this year,” said coach Sigi Schmid. “When you think of the amount of travel we’ve had to do — the away games have been bunched together. We had a three-week league break and get a couple Open Cup games, and then we get a bunch of games bunched together. Everybody goes through rough patches in their schedule, but I don’t think anybody goes through as rough a patch as we’ve had. You add to that the travel — we’ve played more games than anybody else in MLS — and it adds up.”

The Sounders have training at Starfire this morning before flying out. Until then, here are some links:

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— Some noteworthy news from Monday was Sounders Women’s star and U.S. women’s national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe revealing that she’s gay. Here’s the story from Out magazine.

— News still isn’t good for the Sounders in leaguewide power rankings. Here’s the latest from ESPN.com and MLSsoccer.com.

— Around the league, Vancouver’s new DP, Barry Robson, is getting closer to his debut, Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez is making good progress from the ACL injury and could be nearing a return, and Toronto FC forward Danny Koevermans won MLS Player of the Week.

Here’s video of Timbers fans putting together that massive tifo from last week.

— Did you see fitness coach Dave Tenney was quoted in this story about nutrition strategies?

— Here’s the latest podcast featuring Arlo White and KJR’s Mike Gastineau.

— Some higher level soccer is coming to Arizona, our good friend reports.

— Lastly, I just want this out there, I finished No. 1,231 in our European Soccer Challenge for Euro 2012 predictions. About 1,285 participated. Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas would’ve asked the ref to stop the game if he had known about it.

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