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Daily coverage of Seattle Sounders FC, MLS and world soccer.

September 28, 2012 at 10:16 AM

CenturyLink Field has never been busier (Friday links)

centurylink use.jpgPhoto credit: Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times

CenturyLink Field is currently in the busiest eight-day stretch in its 11-year history, according to a news release from the Seahawks. The stadium will have hosted an estimated 225,000 fans over the eight days for an NFL game, an MLS game, two Pac-12 football games and a concert.

The team also approximated that 6,500 gallons of Coca-Cola products, 5,000 pounds of hot dogs and 16,000 gallons of beer will have been consumed.

Of course, the big issue for the Sounders and their fans is how the new FieldTurf is going to hold up to all that use — and don’t forget about the hundreds of UW fans that rushed the field after last night’s upset win.

I asked coach Sigi Schmid on Friday if he was concerned over the quality of the turf with the recent busy stretch coupled with a pitch invasion.

“As long as they get on there and off there, it’s OK,” he said. “(Regarding) the wear and tear, it’s great that it’s new turf. That’s been really good I think for us this season because it plays better, and the guys there do a great job of maintaining the field.”

Are you concerned? Let’s get to some links:

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— The story of the day is this long-form profile on David Testo, a former soccer player who came out last November. The author, Leander Schaerlaeckens, was interviewed about the piece here.

Here’s another feature on Philadelphia’s Freddy Adu.

— As of this morning, the North End Faithful had tickets remaining for the Vancouver game tomorrow.

— Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie was a guest on the most recent ExtraTime Radio.

— Regarding the Sounders academy, here’s a profile on touted defender Jalen Markey, and goalkeeper Paul Christensen was named to the latest U.S. U-17 roster.

— In the community, tomorrow you can be a part of an effort to set a Guinness World Record for the most people dribbling a soccer ball at the same time. Here’s an early reminder for a Special Olympics event next week before the Timbers game.

— In the CONCACAF Champions League, the Los Angeles Galaxy has clinched a quarterfinal berth thanks to a result between the group’s two other teams. Also, here’s a look at potential seeding for the final eight.

Kickoff times for the 2014 FIFA World Cup have been set (I think it’s anywhere from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time).

— Did you see Roman Abramovich‘s yacht is on the move? (Thanks to a reader for passing that one along)

— Lastly, what’d you make of Miroslav Klose admitting to the ref that scored with his hand?

https://youtube.com/watch?v=8zteEzB63_8

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