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August 22, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Montero throws a strike (Wednesday links)

montero pitch.jpgPhoto credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times

Fredy Montero joined a small group of Sounders to throw out the first pitch at a Mariners game on Tuesday (coach Sigi Schmid in 2009, USL Sounder Maykel Galindo). But with almost 40,000 in attendance at Safeco Field, the forward threw a strike to catcher Jesus Montero (no relation), and backed it up with an appropriate celebration, Felixing.

It was a repeat performance, of course, for Montero, who celebrated in similar fashion after scoring Saturday against Vancouver. SoundersFC.com was on the scene and has some video.

Did you see Montero’s first pitch last night? Let’s get to some links:

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This video clip produced by LEVYfilms has been making the round across a few social networks. I believe it’s part of a larger work in process. More clips are available of their website.

— Are Eddie Johnson and Fredy Montero the best forward duo in the league? Make your opinion known on this poll on the league website.

— Also from MLSsoccer.com, three players received punishment from the MLS Disciplinary Committee, here’s their latest Team of the Week, and you might not have guessed the Sounder ranked highest in last week’s Castrol Index.

— Around the league, Real Salt Lake earned a solid win in the CONCACAF Champions League.

GoalWA.net gives us an update on Bellingham United FC after its first season.

— Seattle University senior Melissa Busque was named WAC Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 13-19. She had a hat trick in Sunday’s 5-1 win against St. Mary’s.

— Have you heard about this upcoming attempt to break a world record for dribbling? Seattle, and cities across the country, will be involved.

— Here’s an in-depth look at the state of women’s professional soccer.

— It sounds like BeIN Sport (I haven’t heard much of that channel) is going to broadcast the U.S. men’s national team’s road qualifiers in the next couple years. Here’s a story with more details.

— Lastly, Stoke City might be interested in American midfielder Maurice Edu and here’s a good piece American forward Jozy Altidore, who’s off to a great start in Holland.

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