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July 30, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Catching back up (Monday links)

Seattle Sounders FC Logo.jpgGood afternoon everyone. I’m back from my weekend off, but the Sounders on the other hand will take Monday off from practice. They’ll return to action Tuesday heading into their CONCACAF Champions League group-stage opener Thursday night against Trinidadian club Caledonia AIA at CenturyLink Field.

Let’s get to some links:

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— Lots of headlines surrounding the U.S. women’s national team over the weekend. First off, here are some highlights of the 3-0 win over Colombia that clinched advancement to the Olympic quarterfinals.Hope Solo‘s Twitter attack on Brandi Chastain drew some criticism in return. Abby Wambach got punched in the face, which resulted in a two-game suspension for Colombia’s Lady Andrade. Also, here’s a feature on forward Sydney Leroux, who played for the Sounders Women this year.

Osvaldo Alonso was voted the top player of the U.S. Open Cup semifinal round. He’s also up for MLS Goal of the Week for his winner in Colorado.

— Around the league, New York traded Mehdi Ballouchy to San Jose and Crew forward Jairo Arrieta was named MLS Player of the Week.

— The Sounders Women had a couple finalists for postseason W-League awards, but no winners. Ottawa ended up winning the league title.

— The CONCACAF Champions League comes back this week and here’s a good primer from ProSoccerTalk.

— Lastly, here’s a fun video of David Beckham surprising some fans of the Team GB Olympic team.

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