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January 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Looks like Sounders FC’s preseason camp roster is growing (Saturday links)

I’ll have more on Sounders FC’s preseason training camp roster once things get going, but folks on Twitter have made mention of multiple non-contract players we might expect to see come Monday.

First off, the team has confirmed to me that Danish forward/midfielder Philip Lund will be in the mix.

Former Sounder Cordell Cato has made it pretty clear on Twitter that he’ll be here, too. Also reports have former Colorado Rapids midfielder Ross LaBeaux (here) and former Tigres UANL midfielder Manuel “Mane” Asprilla (here) coming, as well.

Sounder at Heart has a good roundup on the subject, and expect to see more trialists come in and out through the next few weeks.

Let’s get to some links:

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— First off, interested in a Sounders FC license plate? They could be coming.

— Did you see potential U.S. Open Cup dates were leaked to theCup.us?

— A book on the Sounders-Timbers rivalry called “Cascadia Clash” is coming out soon. Keep a look out for that.

— Around the league, Chicago midfielder Pavel Pardo has called it a career, Portland is reportedly parting ways with DP forward Kris Boyd, FC Dallas’s Brek Shea is reportedly close to a move to Stoke City, Sporting KC has its first jersey sponsor (Ivy Funds), and it sounds like Frank Lampard to the LA Galaxy is close to being a done deal.

— Also, ESPN.com says the Cosmos are sending a strong message to MLS, Thierry Henry is reportedly thinking of playing two more years, Vancouver could be bringing in an experienced forward in Rob Friend, Colorado signed a homegrown player, and here are the league’s club and executive awards (Sounders FC was surprisingly shut out).

— Here are the latest FIFA world rankings, with the U.S. men holding steady at 28. The U.S. women recently learned their Algarve Cup group for the March tournament in Portugal.

— In some other USMNT news, SI.com chats with coach Jurgen Klinsmann, midfielder Maurice Edu looks to be off to Turkey on loan, Stuart Holden chatted about his comeback with Bolton, and Benny Feilhaber is looking for a bit of a revival (and I have to link to this goal, just because).

— Sounders FC academy product Jordan Morris of Mercer Island was named Washington’s high-school state player of the year by the NSCAA.

— The Equalizer does a great job of covering women’s soccer, and here’s a story on how NWSL free agency might look (including mention of a supplemental draft) and here’s a compilation of free agents who have announced where they’ll be playing on Twitter.

— Sounds like former Sounders FC draft Abdul Aman trained with the Ethiopian national team before the upcoming African Cup of Nations tournament (which will be available on ESPN3.com). Aman, who played for the North Sound SeaWolves in the PDL, was apparently one of the last cuts.

— Immediate post-draft grades are about as useful as mock drafts, in my opinion, but the Sounders apparently graded out well according to this SaH compilation. Seattle first-round pick Eriq Zavaleta was a guest on this podcast at about the 9:25 mark.

Here’s a website that ranks the Sounders FC experience at CenturyLink Field as one of the best in all American sports.

— UW women’s soccer is keeping the Perez pipeline strong.

— Lastly, Steve Zakuani has noted that he’s had a great offseason and is in great shape. Unfortunately, he also announced a Twitter hibernation until after the 2013 season…

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