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September 3, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Happy Labor Day! (Monday links)

Seattle Sounders FC Logo.jpgThe Sounders are en route from Texas today and will take the day off from training. As such, there isn’t much expected news for this Labor Day.

The team is set to resume training Wednesday in preparation for Saturday’s home game against Chivas USA. Remember, Seattle will be a little shorthanded as defender Adam Johansson and midfielder Mario Martinez are set to join their national teams — Sweden and Honduras, respectively — for FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Certain things to keep an eye on this week: The health of Andy Rose and David Estrada, and how close they might be to a return from injury.

Let’s get to some links:

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— As a followup to Saturday’s news that U.S. women’s national team coach Pia Sundhage is stepping down, it looks like she’ll be taking over as coach of Sweden’s national team, as expected. The U.S. Soccer release had indicated she was leaving to explore opportunities in her home country.

— Speaking of Swedes, it looks like the Galaxy have had Christian Wilhelmsson on trial recently.

— And speaking of women’s soccer, here’s a story after the USWNT’s 8-0 beating of Costa Rica regarding the future of the sport on the ladies side.

Fredy Montero did an interview with The New York Times Goal! blog and in it referenced that he still has two years left on his contract with the Sounders.

— Elsewhere around the league, New England forward Saer Sene has torn his ACL (thus ending what might’ve been a Newcomer of the Year-type season), the Vancouver Whitecaps will reportedly have an announcement regarding a new training center soon, and Seattle holds its spot at No. 2 in ESPN.com’s power rankings.

— On the college scene, the Seattle U women earned a win over the weekend, but the men narrowly lost to Gonzaga.

— Lastly, did you see Liverpool owner John Henry has penned a letter to the fans after what has been a historically bad start for the Reds this Premier League season?

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