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Sounders FC

Daily coverage of Seattle Sounders FC, MLS and world soccer.

July 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM

The U.S. Open Cup returns (Tuesday links)

usoc logo.jpgHow important is the U.S. Open Cup?

Here’s how Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid addressed the issue after Monday’s practice. Seattle, the three-time defending Open Cup champ, hosts Chivas USA in a semifinal at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila.

“I read a quote from Tim Howard the other week,” Schmid said in reference to this story with the U.S. men’s national team goalkeeper who plays for Everton in the English Premier League, “and (he was) asked if he was going to consider coming back to MLS at the end and he said, ‘Yeah, I’d love to come back.’ He goes, ‘Look at what like Seattle (has done) with the crowds and they’ve won three Open Cups.’ So obviously that resonates, because it is a championship. It’s something that the guys look forward to and if we can do four, we’re certainly not going to turn it away.”

Let’s get to some links:

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— U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo tested positive for a banned substance recently and received a public warning from the United States Anti-Doping Agency. More details are available here. Solo, a Richland native and UW product, will still be able to participate in the Olympics.

— Here’s a look at the latest MLS power rankings from ESPN.com, MLSsoccer.com, SI.com, The Sporting News and Soccer by Ives.

— The Sounders FC U-23s will play Washington Crossfire in a PDL playoff game Saturday.

— Around the league, Houston defender Geoff Cameron could be on the way to Stoke City, RSL’s Alvaro Saborio won MLS Player of the Week, and one site honored Seattle’s Andy Rose as last week’s top rookie.

— Over in England, Roberto Mancini found out it’s good to be the king of the Premier League and Park Ji-Sung, someone we saw here last year with Manchester United, has joined Queens Park Rangers.

Steve Zakuani was on KJR radio yesterday afternoon.

— Lastly, you can’t deny the quality of John Spencer‘s work here…

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