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September 5, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Back to action at home (Wednesday links)

Seattle Sounders FC Logo.jpgIt has been over a week since Sounders FC trained at home. There’s been travel to Trinidad, travel to Dallas and travel back, but the team returns to action today and will begin preparations for Saturday’s home game vs. Chivas USA.

There is expected, of course, to be a high-profile newcomer in the mix as Eidur Gudjohnsen is set to join the team on trial. His is a name that resonates worldwide and has already raised the potential issue of competitive balance in MLS.

The search for players always continues. There’s reason to believe Gudjohnsen won’t be the only trialist brought in before season’s end and here’s a report saying the Sounders are targeting young Honduran defender Wilmer Crisanto, a member of this summer’s Olympic team.

Let’s get to some links:

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Here’s a fun story on the Sounders-Timbers rivalry, much through the eyes of Roger Levesque, from Hemispheres Magazine of United Airlines. As only he can, Levesque drops a fun little quote regarding the upcoming rivalry clash with Portland: “I just might be involved. There may be one last encounter yet.”

Jalen Markey is listed as an academy player to watch in this story, and according to this tweet from the team’s director of youth development, Markey has committed to Syracuse.

— Did you see Kasey Keller will be throwing out the first pitch at the Mariners game tonight?

— The U.S. men’s national team is up three spots to No. 33 in the FIFA world rankings.

— Regarding some U.S. Soccer stars, here’s another story on Clint Dempsey after his big move to Tottenham and here’s one on Megan Rapinoe, who starred for the Sounders Women this past season.

— And here’s a video interview with coach Jurgen Klinsmann, plus an update on Comcast’s efforts to get BeIN Sport up and running on cable. Here’s a viewing option for you regarding Friday’s World Cup qualifier vs. Jamaica.

— Around MLS, here are the players leaguewide called up for World Cup qualifiers, here’s a historical look at San Jose’s potent offense, Montreal’s Patrice Bernier edged out Fredy Montero for Player of the Month, and it’s been a year since the passing of Bobby Rhine.

— The NASL announced some changes to the league season beginning in 2013. It will be split into two, divided by a summer break, and the winners of each will face off in the Soccer Bowl.

— Around the world of soccer, Alessandro del Piero is apparently headed for Australia, Michael Owen is headed to Stoke City and will join Geoff Cameron (the subject of this Q&A), and Cristiano Ronaldo is sad (big news it seems).

GoHuskies.com has the update on recent honors for some UW women’s soccer players.

— Lastly, here’s a fun goal…

https://youtube.com/watch?v=vN9tm6wBqrI

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