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September 12, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Two Sounders set to return from international duty (Wednesday links)

Seattle Sounders FC Logo.jpgThe Sounders will get closer to full strength this week upon the return of Adam Johansson and Mario Martinez from international duty. Both dressed for their country’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers Tuesday — Johansson didn’t play in Sweden’s 2-0 win over Kazakhstan and Martinez played the final 35 minutes in Honduras’ 1-0 win over Cuba.

We’ll get an update on their availability for Saturday’s rivalry game from coach Sigi Schmid after Thursday’s practice. The Sounders don’t have training today.

Here’s a list of MLS involvement in a big day of international soccer Tuesday.

Let’s get to some links:

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— First off, here’s some reaction to the big U.S. men’s national team win in Columbus from ESPN.com, SI.com, The Washington Post, ProSoccerTalk and MLSsoccer.com.

— There are more changes going on at Sounder at Heart, where founder Dave Clark will also be a contributor for SoundersFC.com.

— Seattle forward Eddie Johnson earned the highest rating in last week’s Castrol Index.

— Here are the team name options for the new PASL team in Arlington. Go vote for one.

— The UW men’s soccer team is moving up in the polls.

— Lastly, here’s a report from Romania on George Ogararu‘s arrival to camp and French forward Djibril Cisse, who was once linked to the Sounders, has reaffirmed his desire to play one day in the United States.

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