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September 6, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Chat with Zakuani at 1 p.m. (Thursday links)

zakuani mug 2012.jpgWe’ll be hosting a live chat with Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani at 1 p.m. this afternoon, so be sure to come and bring your questions. Should be a fun one.

Here’s our story from Wednesday on Zakuani making his first MLS start post-injury and our timeline on his recovery.

Let’s get to some links:

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— First off, is a yacht of Chelsea FC’s billionaire owner Roman Abramovich in Seattle?

— Here’s a fun ‘This Day in Sounders History’ note.

— In other local news, the UW men’s soccer team is getting love in the polls, Seattle U dropped a game to Sacramento State on Wednesday, and Jalen Markey, a Renton native and defender in the Sounders Academy, has been called up for a U.S. U-18 men’s national team camp in Holland.

— Around the league, here’s a great read on Kansas City’s transformation into a soccer city, the LA Galaxy have officially signed Christian Wilhelmsson, and Toronto FC’s Torsten Frings needs hip surgery that will keep him out for the year.

— Also, here are the latest weekly Castrol Index ratings, the FC Dallas coach gave Seattle a lot of credit for shutting down David Ferreira, and here’s an update on the Sounders the IFFHS rankings for club teams worldwide.

— The U.S. men’s national team takes on Jamaica in FIFA World Cup qualifying on Friday. Here’s a preview from SI.com. Another famous Jamaican, Usain Bolt, earned some headlines for potential participation in a charity game for Manchester United.

Here’s a preview of the USL Pro championship game this weekend between the Charleston Battery and Wilmington Hammerheads.

— Lastly, did you know Didier Drogba is called The Devil Beast in China?

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