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July 20, 2012 at 11:53 AM

A rare break (Friday links)

The Sounders have Friday through Sunday off from training, an uncommon reprieve from a busy schedule. Coach Sigi Schmid said he wants the guys to make the most of it (outside of those nursing injuries, of course).

“We really want them to get away,” Schmid said. “So maybe it’s go out and play some tennis, or go swim in the lake, or do something different than just come practicing every day. It’s a little bit to free your mind as well.”

Let’s get to some links:

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— Chelsea FC held one last training session in town this morning, but will soon fly out to New York for the next stop on its summer tour.

— The ECS are holding a fundraiser tonight for Special Olympics of Washington. You can find all the details here, but it goes from 5-10 p.m. at Fuel Sports. Sounds like fun, and it supports a good cause.

— The Sounders Women and Sounders FC U-23s kick off postseason action this weekend.

— You might have noticed some big “Visit Tanzania” displays at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday. Here are some details.

— Around the league, here’s a look at MLS TV ratings, the latest notebook from ESPN.com has some good stuff (especially regarding some turmoil in Dallas), and here’s a Q&A with a Vancouver DP Barry Robson.

— From the league website, San Jose defender Justin Morrow was named as an All-Star replacement for the injured Heath Pearce, Roy Lassiter is gunning for Chris Wondolowski to break his scoring record, Andy Rose is getting some love in their rookie rankings, and the league has gone smart.

— In some sad news, the son of former U.S. men’s national team captain Claudio Reyna died after a long battle with a brain tumor. Here’s a statement from the family.

Here’s a feature on USWNT star Megan Rapinoe, who played for the Sounders Women this year, and Liverpool has confirmed interest in Clint Dempsey.

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