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October 19, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Sounders to thank fans (Friday links)

Seattle Sounders FC Logo.jpgSunday will be Sounders FC’s regular-season home finale, and as is common with professional sports teams on those days, the club will be thanking its fans.

Prizes will be awarded throughout the match and, according to the Sounders, giveaways include:

— 20 round trip coach tickets for one to any destination served by the Amtrak Cascades route

— Two round trip coach tickets for two to any destination served by the Amtrak Cascades route

— Four adidas miCoach SPEED_CELL packages

— Five Samsung Blu-Ray DVD players

— CenturyLink will provide 700 fans with $10 CenturyLink Field concession vouchers

— 200 white carnations courtesy of Ballard Blossom

— 200 co-branded Sounders FC adidas mini soccer balls

— 11 authentic and match worn jerseys from Sounders FC players

— 25% off regular priced Sounders FC merchandise throughout the stadium and at the stadium Pro Shop

Fans can also enter to win autographed jerseys and team-signed soccer balls starting at 4:15 p.m. at Occidental Park with winners being drawn around 4:40.

Let’s get to some links:

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— Here’s a national writer that writes Ricardo Salazar got things right Wednesday and the Sounders have too often relied on deflecting blame to referees.

— Remember the Cascadia Cup finale is Sunday, when Vancouver hosts Portland. The Timbers must beat the Whitecaps to claim the trophy, which will be at BC Place.

— Around the league, Montreal will be making a postseason trip to Italy for some exhibitions, Chivas USA might have interest in a new coach, Arne Friedrich is open to returning to Chicago next season, Sunday is going to be a special day in San Jose, and here’s a look at a potential partnership with between MLS and the NASL.

— Also, Bruce Arena is not a fan of the CenturyLink Field turf among other topics.

— Here is the TV rating information on the U.S. men’s national team’s win over Guatemala on Tuesday, and might Kansas City become the hub for the USMNT going forward?

— U.S. Soccer confirmed a long rumored Nov. 14 friendly in Russia (I wouldn’t expect many MLS players in the playoffs to be involved) and the USWNT will be starting a two-game series with Germany as part of its fan-tribute tour.

Canada’s coach has resigned after an embarrassing defeat in Honduras knocked them out of World Cup qualifying.

— Here are the referee assignments for the next round of CONCACAF Champions League games, and the Sounders-Marathon game was assigned a Ricardo (not that one).

— The UW men’s soccer team is ranked No. 19 in the SBI Top 25.

— Here’s the story on a prep soccer player on the east side of the state threatening some scoring records.

— Lastly, did you know Cristiano Ronaldo is the first athlete to reach 50,000,000 likes on Facebook?

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