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July 17, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Looking at attendance (Tuesday links)

sea crowd.jpgPhoto credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times

The Sounders return to training this morning after a day off Monday. It stands to be the last practice for Roger Levesque as an official member of the team because, if you remember, the longtime fan favorite announced he’ll retire after Wednesday’s friendly against Chelsea.

There should be a big crowd to send him off, and the big crowds in Seattle were the focus on this Soccer America piece.

The reports says the Sounders’ 39,537 average would rank third in Holland and France, fourth in Italy, sixth in Spain, eighth in England and 13th in Germany.

My story for today’s paper notes that an expected crowd in the 50,000s on Wednesday will be larger than what Chelsea gets in its home games (Stamford Bridge holds about 41,000) and Seattle might even end up with a larger average attendance this season than The Blues did in 2011-12.

Not too shabby. Let’s get to some links…

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— Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard was on with the Dan Patrick Show this morning and here’s a report saying the team is close to making a record signing for Brazilian midfielder Oscar.

— MLSsoccer.com caught up with our good friend Alan Hinton for this story.

— Around the league, Toronto FC lost star forward Danny Koevermans for the season with a torn ACL, LA Galaxy forward Chad Barrett is training with a Norwegian club, Chivas USA midfielder Oswaldo Minda is out with a separated shoulder, and is the league keeping an eye on Sacramento as a possible MLS expansion site?

— On the local scene, here are playoff updates for the W-League (Sounders Women), the PDL (Sounders FC U-23s), and the WPSL (a switch involving some local teams).

— Also, a handful of Huskies will be joining the Sounders FC U-23s, according to this report from UW.

— In some other links, Fabio Capello was named Russia’s new manager, Soccer by Ives has a Q&A with the NASL commissioner and it looks like a couple USMNT players will be leaving the troubles at Rangers after all.

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